For those archers who focus on 3D here in Georgia the ASA tour your year is over. Since we don’t have IBO in Georgia practically all 3D is rolling up for the season. There’s one more relatively big 3D event in Georgia, the Georgia Bowhunter and Archery Association’s (GBAA) State 3D championship.
3D wasn’t a major part of my competitive year for 2019. Hopefully, 2020 will be better for 3D in that I’ll be able to shoot more of the faux animal events. Missing so many 3D tournaments wasn’t a matter of timing or practice, the problem stemmed around equipment. That situation may have a remedy soon.
There’s one more major outdoor tournament, non-3D, here in Georgia in a few weeks. Rather than change the attachments on my bow prior to every practice I’ll compete in the 3D tournament using skinny arrows, long stabilizers and scope – the outdoor target rig. This means I’ll be shooting 3D in the Super Senior division. The benefit is in timesavings. Being able to practice 3D and long targets without switching the bow from a target rig to the hunter class rig speeds up practices.
Those 3D tournaments I shot this year had me competing in an age class one level below mine since there is no exclusive hunter class, in ASA, for archers over 60. I like shooting 3D using a hunter class rig, it is more like hunting. But, it is a little aggravating changing the attachments on the bow everyday as I change the practice format.
Shooting a target set up in 3D isn’t a simple change. It take some getting accustom to the scope and aiming at a foam animal. In the woods there is much less light than on a field. There’s also glare to deal with on the lens of the scope. Having nearly always used pins in 3D the transition feels awkward.
I’ll see how it goes this coming weekend over in Social Circle, Georgia at the GBAA State Championship.