A 3D Break From 18-Meters

The USA Indoor Nationals, for me, are next weekend. For months I’ve done a lot of practice at 18-meters. Over that time there were three indoor tournaments here in North Carolina where I competed and won. So, today I decided to give paper a break and shoot 3D.

1st warm up shot of the morning

In order to shoot 3D with my competition bow meant a lot of adjusting to shoot the arrows used for 3D. Rather than mess with all of that I grabbed my back up bow, a Mathews Apex 7, and used that one instead.

One of my favorite targets. The trees make it interesting
Longer shots make for good practice

The main idea was to take a short break from paper targets and practice yardage. The Mathews bow was sighted with pins rather than a scope. Personally, I prefer a fixed sight with pins for 3D. It seems to better represent how I hunt. Many of the top archers use an adjustable sight and scope at the major 3D tournaments. Last year, I too shot with such an arrangement. This year, I may go back to fixed pins for 3D competition.

Realistic 3D target set-up

Shooting 3D all morning was a nice switch from 18-meters. Hiking out in the woods was relaxing. The practice was set up to focus on yardage. The targets would shot in this manner: four targets at 20 through 45 yards with five yards increments, four targets at in between distances (22, 27, 33, 37, 43, 47 or there about) and the final two at 45 and 50 yards. If the arrows’ grouping became too tight I’d pull them before continuing. This was done to prevent damage to the arrows. Also, a range finder was not permitted during this practice session.

20, 25, 30 yards shots, then pull the arrows and continue at 35, 40 and 54 yards

You might guess this was a long morning practice session – over 3 hours. This afternoon I’ll use a random number generator to set the yardage for 20 shots. Since there are only 14 targets a few will be shot twice, but at a different yardage. (I still want a Javelina and Standing Bear for the range and will be happy to accept a donation)

This turkey sits 40 yards away
Got all six arrows in pretty into a pretty nice group without breaking a one

It was a nice break from 18-meters. It was also more relaxing than shooting with a scope.

(Note: the arrows used here are Bemens.  They aren’t what I typically use in a tournament. But, they are great for practice.  They’re diameter is smaller than my completion arrows which is the only reason I typically don’t compete with them. They have help up very well.)