Saturday was cold enough for a 3D competition. It was 43°F and a little windy. I’d debated whether to shoot the 3D event or run a 5K. 3D won because I forgot to enter the race.
The 3D course was excellent. The targets were thoughtfully placed. But, I’m yet to find a group to consistently shoot with during a 3D tournament here in Georgia. So, I ended up shooting alone and doing the fun shoot because I had no scoring partners. I can do that on my property.
There was another fellow shooting alone and I thought about joining with him. As I approached, I read his body language and decided against asking. It is almost always awkward to ask, “Can I shoot with you?” So, I shot for fun.
That fellow did speak to me once. We were one adjacent targets. I was looking for the animal. Speaking from recent experience he said, “There!” while pointing an arrow at the target for which I’d been searching. I replied with equal vocal conservation, “Thanks!”
Indeed, the course was fun. It was nice to shoot a course where the animals are not all sitting at the end of a straight open corridor as far away as possible. It makes the shots more interesting.
I shot in the hunter class. After the shot I recorded the distance. The average target was at 32 yards with the shortest at 21 yards and the longest in that class at 43 yards.
During the time on the range it began to sleet a little. The wind picked up a little and it remained cold. As the morning progressed more people arrived. By the time I was at target 15 there was another group of 4 shooting behind me at target 4. One of those archers was wearing short pants. Beyond that fact, you can draw your own conclusions.
I did ask him, “Why are you wearing shorts in this weather?” He said, “I wear shorts unless the temperature gets down into the 20s.” He added, “I don’t like the way long pants feel.”
I left the range a little disappointed. I didn’t shoot the score I’d hoped ending up with a 191. It could have been worse. While in flight two arrows lost vanes and went forward a tad on the wobbly side. One flew left hitting an eight and the other when high and left landing a five. In addition, I earned three more 8s, and only two 12s to compensate. Every other arrow, 12 of them, were 10s. If I’d not been shooting for fun this would have dropped me into second in the hunter class, the top score being 202.
Shooting 3D in 2019 is beginning to look as if it will only be done for fun. With the Georgia ASA requiring two qualifying tournaments to shoot the State ASA 3D I’ll probably not fool with it. It comes down to not enough reward for the money and time to meet the addition qualification requirements. That, and I don’t think there’s a reason to qualify twice. (If this is incorrect, maybe someone will let me know)
Thanks to the folks at Social Circle Ace for putting out a great range!