A few days ago I ran a game where I shot a solo 3D tournament. I’d tried to make it realistic for a Senior Hunter class event. I scored 202 or an average of 10.1 points per shot. The yardage was an average of 31.25. In this game I included all my small targets and shot them between 20 and 25 yards. The larger, medium sized targets, ranged out to 40 yards. Still, the resulting distance average was 31.25 yard. That seemed a bit short.
A distance of 31.25 yards seems short. There were some longer shots, seven at 35 to 40 yards, and some medium range shots, 4 at 30 to 34 yards, the rest were from 20 to 33 yards. So, 11 shots at greater than 34 yards and 9 between 20 and 33 yards.
To see what might happen at slightly longer distances, using a bow hunter rig, I repeated the exercise but made the distances longer, an average of 37.5 yards. There were two short shots at 23 yards aiming at a foam mosquito and a bobcat. Aside from those two small targets all others were between 30 yards and 45 yards.
What happened to my average per arrow? It went down by nearly a point, to 9.4 points per arrow or minus 0.7 points per arrow on an average.
In my experience, here in Georgia, the limit of 40 yards for Senior Bow Hunter is merely a suggestion. Yes, everyone needs to shoot the same targets and everyone gets a chance to enjoy the extended real estate. But, the top guys still average greater than 10 points per arrow.
This means I’ve got some work to do aiming at longer distances if I expect half way decent finishes whenever I get to compete, again.