Long Stabilizers and Scope Versus Pins and Short Stabilizer During 3D Archery

During the recent GBAA 3D State Championship a friend of mine, Mike, pointed out that over the previous week or so he’d been shooting better with pins compared to using his scope. To a degree I understand.

In 3D archery I’ve nearly always used a hunting rig.  This, of course, means fixed pins.  I love shooting with fixed pins.  It’s fast, fun, and like playing.  Using a bow equipped with long stabilizers and a scope is more like work.

I don’t mind work.  Work to me isn’t a negative. When I was six years old my parents asked me what I wanted Santa to bring me for Christmas.  I remember it well.  At the time we were living on 10thStreet at Tybee Island, Georgia.  What I wanted was a microscope.

From that Christmas, when Santa delivered a good boy his microscope,  I’d found a life long love – science.  Science was a hobby until I began to earn money doing science.  I always found it funny that I got paid to do what I’d do anyway.  So, work comes with variable levels of emotional effort.  There are people that hate their work, some love their work, and others can take it or leave it.

Equipment I used in a study we did on the iatrogenic progression of acute lung failure

When it comes to shooting fixed pins I enjoy it more than using a scope.  Mike was enjoying the change so much he shot in the GBAA tournament using pins in addition to long stabilizers.  On the other hand I did an experiment (a little science – I did some math).

Because I only have one bow at the moment it means switching the rig back and forth from a hunter rig for 3D to a target rig for outdoor shooting.  At this last 3D tournament, the same one where Mike competed, I just left the bow set up as it had been for the Georgia State Field Championship held a couple of weeks earlier.  This meant I’d been shooting long stabilizers, scope, and skinny arrows.  It meant I’d not have to switch back to the target set up before preparing for another outdoor target competition coming up in a few weeks.

Knowing in advance my laziness would bring me to a 3D shoot using I target rigged bow I decided to see whether or not there was any real difference in scores. The mathematical interaction was determined using an unpaired student’s t-test, where the p=0.097. This meant the two methods of shooting were not different.

In other words I shot a little better using the target rig in this test but not significantly different. Or so it would seem at first glance.

The comparison was unfair because the yardages were longer.  So, what?  A little longer doesn’t mean much.  Comparing a few 40-yard 3D yardages you guessed it, no difference using the t-test.   However, where the longest shots are out to 60 yards compared to 40 yards that’s a long haul shooting 3D.  (The GBAA max distance is 60 yards) That has to be different – maybe.  You don’t know until you test.  On the other hand, as an archer shooting those distances, 40 max versus 60 max, you know.

You’d be right, too, if you felt there was a statistically significant difference where ranges, at least the ranges I held data on, when one has a maximum distance of 40 yards interacting with another range with a max distance of 60 yards.  In this case, P=0.0075. (Which means there is a significant difference)

It just so happened that I recorded the distances in my shot notes during the last two tournaments, the GBAA and those of the last ASA tournament I shot.  Using those I learn that the GBAA tournament was longer by a level of mathematic significance.

So, while my scoring interactions weren’t significant the target distances were significant.  This suggests the scoped rigged versus the pin rig preformed a little better where the distance is increased.

Common sense says, if I can average 0.5 points more per arrow at any distance go with the equipment that provides a 0.5 increase per arrow.  That’s 10 points over 20 targets. We all know 1 point can be the difference or even the X count or even the inner X count. I’ve lost in each of those ways.

The results are that the bow with the long stabilizers and scope is the better method for shooting compared to pins and a short stabilizer when applying the most recent data I have on hand.

You can take the geek out of the lab, but not the lab out of the geek

I don’t know how Mike’s shooting went over the last weekend.  I do know this; the longest yardage I can comfortably shoot with my pins is 50 yards.  I was glad I had a scope so I could set it for greater than 50 yards.  My guess is on a coyote at 54 yards, trying to hold a 50-yard pin high on that little foam varmit might not have yielded a 12 without a little luck.

Note to Jack L and Don C:  Remember those 900C days? We did some cool stuff.

The GBAA State 3D Championship hosted by Ace Apache/Ace Hardware

It isn’t easy to win an archery tournament.  If you’re a competitive archery you know that to be true.  To win it takes a lot of work.  Even if you put in the work you can still fall short. At the 2019 GBAA 3D Georgia State Championship I fell short (GBAA is the Georgia Bowhunter and Archery Association).  A friend of mine beat me.

We didn’t shoot in the same group.  By the second day I’d forgotten he’d shot.  I remembered when the final scores were posted.

When it came to posting the scores the results were available online almost immediately.  Too often at non-national level events athletes have to wait for the data to get posted.  It was pleasing to have the results available so fast even if those data were disappointing.

Going into the tournament I expected an average score of 10.4 points per arrow would win my age group. Over the past four years the average per arrow winner scored 9.3 points per arrow.  However, the high over that period was 10.4.

The GBAA isn’t like an ASA or IBO event.  The maximum distance to a foam animal is 60 yards.  The organizers of the tournament were not shy about using their real estate.  There wasn’t a 60-yard shot, but there were a fair number of targets over 50 yards.  To mix it up there were two targets so close it made setting a sight a non-factor. Archers used their closest distance and guessed at the variance.   It made you think.

Most days the parks trails are enjoyed by hikers

Throughout both days of the competition I over heard archers comment on how nice the course was laid out and how it was being held in a beautiful setting.  The Ace Apache Club in Social Circle, Georgia, hosted the championship.  The park where it was held is really nice.

One of my favorite targets setting partially behind a tree. This was an easy one at 27 yards. Well, there really aren’t any easy ones.

Day one of the shoot I misjudged my travel time.  Arriving with 5 minutes to spare I just got in under the wire.  I also thought my maximum distance would be 40 yards.  There’s a big difference between a 40 yard max, which I was expecting, and 60 yards.  Well, 20 yards is the difference.  Not far for a bike ride or run, but that’s a haul for an arrow in 3D.

I wasn’t too concerned not having warmed-up.  I often practice without warming up to be prepared for just such of a mishap.  Heading into the first target I’d planned to shoot my game and I expected to score 6 up by the end of the first range. (At they point I didn’t know about the 60 yard thing)

A group taking aim at a bear 48 yards out

After a number of targets out in the 50-yard range I paused.  I’d thought I was shooting from the incorrect stake.  A verification with the marshals; they clarified I was firing from the right spot. I was momentarily angery with myself for not knowing 60 yards would be the maximum distance not 40.  Well, I had to let that go and shoot. My score wasn’t too bad when I finished day 1 and I thought I was leading.

Yes, there are three archers scoring a target at 54 years. Of course, it is a black target. What else might you expect?

On the second day I made certain to arrive on time, warm up a little and shoot better.  I really thought I had a chance at winning a major 3D tournament.  I’ve not won a State level 3D contest in a couple of years, the last being the Virginia IBO State Championship in 2017.  The second day I did shoot better but overall fell below what I expected it would take to win.  Still, my score seemed good enough to pull off a victory.  I’d forgotten all about my friend, Jerry.

A coyote (it is out there) is a decent haul at 53 yards

It seemed to me I remembered Jerry telling me he didn’t shoot 3D.  I figured he was there just for fun.  Apparently, I was wrong on both counts.  Jerry, in fact, scored exactly what I’d expected it would take to win dumping me into second.

Come and get me

Second is not a fun place to finish.  This makes the fourth time in 2019 I earned a second place. Each one has been tough. All that can be done is figure there’s another tournament just around the corner.  That and learn from what happened to causing the loss occur and fix it.

Jerry, showing where to hit the 12 ring at 54 yards

Despite the loss, the tournament was 2 beautiful days in the woods.

 

Trying a Target Rig at 3D

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.

A Tough Crowd

The past few weeks have encompassed camping, travel, and archery.  August and September include more of the same regarding archery.  The results of all this work over the past four weeks have been under whelming: two second places and a third.

First stop in Savannah. Not much more than a parking lot.
It was toasty in Savannah

The two second places where hard pills to swallow.  In one I’d shot well enough to surpass the prior State record in field archery only to be bested by a friend that set the new bar 3 points higher.  The other second was nothing more than being schooled by a better archer. He topped me by 9 points for the Southeast NFAA victory in field archery.

What really did me in was the Georgia ASA State 3D Championship.  There’s no class in my age group for those selecting a hunter rig during competition. This meant I’d be shooting against athletes up to 15 years younger.  Taking third in this event felt like a new low.

Next stop (was here twice) at Hester’s Ferry.
This certainly beats that parking lot near Savannah

Before the first warm-up arrow at the 3D contest flew off my bow I considered not competing.  It wasn’t because I felt off shooting or was overly concerned competing against younger athletes.  As soon as I arrived at River Bottom Outdoors’ range near Franklin, Georgia, host of the tournament, my truck malfunctioned.

Chattahoochee Bend a Georgia State Park. Too bad I needed to high-tail it out of there.

It was a minor flaw that could have serious consequences.  The driver’s side window partially lowered and froze in place.  With rain in the forecast, being nearly four hours from home with a camper in tow archery was the minimal of my concerns.

Being at the range I gambled and shot.  After the first 12 targets the sky looked like it was going to open up at any second. In the Ford there was a towel covering the back set, a protection from River, my lab, when she’s riding.  I’d come up with a plan to run back to the truck, cover the window using River’s seat protector and run back to whatever stake the group was shooting from should it begin raining.

It never did rain and I was spared a sprint.  I wasn’t spared too many 8s and not enough 12s.  Well, I’d hit ten 12s on the second range, only problem was I hadn’t called the upper.  The thing is on every one of those shots I knew I’d hit the upper.  My mind and confidence were lost on a wayward window.

I may have worried about my truck during the ASA State Championship, but I didn’t get hungry or thirsty.

Regardless of the electronic malfeasance sitting in the parking area I did my best to subdue the problem while I shot.  I truly can’t say how much if any the F-150s ailment contributed to all the 8s I shot. The final score was actually my running average points per arrow for 3D.  I’d been practicing for a peak performance not an average. The second and first place winners of the Senior Hunter division bested my average per arrow without apparent pause.

As soon as the tournament concluded I hopped into the truck and headed to find a remedy for the window. So far, it hadn’t rained and I’d been lucky.  (Well lucky regarding rain, no luck in archery) The search for an auto mechanic reached a dead end so I hooked up the camper and headed home.  There I could park the truck in the garage to save the interior from the forecasted rain.

It did rain.  In fact it poured the very next day. I had made the right decision to leave early.  (I’d made the wrong decision not calling the upper that same day) Fortunately, by then the truck was at the dealership and out of the weather.

Forty percent of all competitive archers are over 50 years of age.  That’s approximately 3.12 million competitive archers.  If you’re going to win in this crowd you can’t make mistakes or have your mind elsewhere.

Georgia State ASA Championship in 10 Days

Being way behind on 3D practice is not a good place to be 10 days out from the ASA State Championship. In past years I had two bows: one for target archery the other for 3D.  The fancy target bow seemed to occasional throw an arrow off the mark.

I mentioned to the techs where I’d purchased the bow that occasionally it seemed to fling an arrow some place other than where I was aiming.  They said it was me. When I finally convinced the bow shop where I’d purchased the bow that is wasn’t right it was returned for the company to look for a problem.

The company found a problem, supposedly corrected it, and the bow was back in my hand yesterday after several months of being absent.  In the absence of the target bow I’d been using my hunting/3D bow during tournaments.  That bow I’d been using for targets (dots) was converted back to a hunter class rig for 3D a few days ago.

Certainly I could have used a target set up for 3D – long stabilizers and a scope.  I’ve done that in the past.  Maybe in the future I’ll shoot 3D with a target rig again.  The thing is I prefer shooting 3D using a hunter class rig.

To make things a bit more challenging there is no hunter class at ASA in my age group.  So, I’ve qualified for the tournament by dropping down into a younger division.  I expect I’ll be competing against archers that aren’t much older than my children.

During a conversation with Reo Wilde I mentioned I’d like to get to a point where I can compete against the archers he shoots against.  He mentioned, “All these young guys are so good.”  He is right there are a lot of younger archers that are good.  There are also a lot of younger archers that aren’t so good – he doesn’t need to shoot against them.  Reo Wilde, also, doesn’t compete in 3D. On the other hand I did get my wish to compete against younger archers.

I’ve looked at 3D in the same way I considered mountain bike racing compared to road bike racing.  The disciplines are different and each attracts it’s own breed of athlete.  Switching over from one disciple to the other provides a nice break.  And I figure, with archery, put the dot in the middle and shoot the dot. It isn’t as if I’m trying to race these younger guys through the woods on a mountain bike.

Changing Gears

In cycling I change my gears a lot.  In archery changing gears is merely going from one discipline to another.  For instance, going from indoor archery to outdoor archery.  In this specific case it is going from shooting dots to 3D.

During 3D tournaments I gear down in yardage and equipment. I don’t have to make an 80-yard shot in 3D. But, I do need to make a 40-yard shot. Forty yards seems quaint after training at 80 yards.  It isn’t quaint.

First off shooting a 3D animal is never a give me. Even a 20 yard shot can end up wasting a whole day of competition.  The problem isn’t the distance, it is the target.  Sure 20 yards is a breeze when you can see the X.  A turkey hen is tough at twenty yards – you can’t see the X on a javelina at 40 yards. (X being the center 10 ring, you can forget the 12 rings)

Not the hen. This fellow can be practiced from multiple angles.

Secondly, during 3D I shoot the same set-up I’d use hunting – no scope, a short stabilizer and pins. I just don’t enjoy 3D as much using long stabilizers and a scope.  It feels a little like field archery only closer in some instances.

Three is the limit to save arrows. In this case, despite moving around, I still shot through on of these arrows. Money down the drain.

The third challenge I have is competing against much younger athletes.  Their physical fitness isn’t the advantage they have it is their eyesight. The darker the view the less effective the light gathering is with nearly 65-year-old eyes.  There’s simply nothing I can do about the decreased ability of my eyes to pick up light.

This old target is about 40% foam from a can.

Still the Georgia State ASA Championship is just a few weeks away and it is time to concentrate on 3D. Thus far in 2019 I’ve only shot in two 3D events.  In those I only averaged 9.5 points per target.  That’s isn’t good enough to win an ASA State Championship.  No, to win the average, against the folks that shoot 3D with a passion here in Georgia, I need to be averaging 10.4 points per target – and that might not cut it.

Yes, the younger 3D shooters in the hunter class here are tough.  I’d do better against them if the only gears I needed to change were in fact on a bicycle.

Finding a bow for 3D

3D archery has pretty much fallen off the list for 2019.  At the beginning of the year I had high hopes for the 2019 3D season. Sadly, a few months into the year I no longer had a 3D bow.

I do have a bow.  But, that bow is configured for target archery. I tried shooting 3D with it using those skinny outdoor arrows and a lens.  It simply didn’t feel right to me.  In 3D I prefer using a hunting rig.

It wasn’t as if the skinny arrow arrangement barred me from shooting 3D.  In my mind it subtracts from the spirit of 3D, a discipline developed to simulate hunting.  I’d never hunt with a long stabilizer, scope and sight other than pins.

Of course, I could switch the bow over to a 3D rig and go back and forth with the gear arrangements before practices.  I’ve done it in the past.  But, it isn’t simple and if it isn’t simple it often times simply won’t get done.

I had two bows at the beginning of the year.  One was returned to the manufacturer in hopes they’d either resolve the problem or exchange the bow.  Since the bow was returned there’s been no reply.  Oh, I’ve checked on it. The response has been silence.

Then, I discovered an old bow that shoots.  It is an old Mathews Conquest Apex 7.  It was my first bow, purchased the year before it was discontinued.  I’d sold it.  The person that bought it wasn’t shooting it.  He told me I could “have it” when I asked to borrow it.

On the Friday before a local 3D competition I took the stripped bow to a local shot.  There they added a PEEP (one I had in a tackle box) and I’d already added a pin sight, it still had a D-loop on the string, and I attached a short front stabilizer. I also had an arrow rest; the one removed from the long ago returned malfunctioning bow, and it bow was ready to shoot.

Before leaving the shop the bow was paper tuned and tested.  It shot fine. During the afternoon I sighted the pins against known yardage so that the bow close to being ready to use in a tournament.

When I arrived at the local 3D shoot, Mathews Conquest Apex 7 in tow, the first words anyone spoke to me were from a PSE representative.  He asked, “What is that you’ve got in your hand?”  I explained the situation and he suggested I try on of his products.  I’ve already tried that bow.  It is nice. It doesn’t come for free.  The Apex 7 came for free.

Now, I am certain that over the years since this Apex 7 was developed there have been advances in bow technology.  I know marginal gains are available with advanced equipment.  Since I’ve not been shooting 3D, it doesn’t matter.  I was just looking to have some fun on a 3D range with the bow in my hand.

There’s always that awkward moment with I show up to shoot at a local 3D event.  I’m new here – still – by archery group standards.  As such, I have to do that milling about hoping to find a group with which to shoot.  I really hate that part and miss the group I shot with in North Carolina. Before every 3D event we get in touch with each other the night before to make our plans for the tournament.

My first attempt to connect with a group failed, as did my second. I got lucky and group of two invited me to join with them.  Having only shot about 30 arrows with the Mathews bow, where I was finding the pins and range intersections, I’d hoped to finish sighting the bow before I actually went to the range.  I got 6 shots and was off. The group that offered the invitation was ready and as the leader put it, “I’ve got things to do today.”  I appreciated her sentiment and invitation; beggars can’t be choosers.

Thanks for inviting me (Photo courtesy of Robbie Surface)

The windage was off a bit and the first target was wide to the right.  Wide enough to earn a 5.  No one complained as when I made my only adjustment.  A few cranks to the right and I’d do the best I could with the arrangement.

From target two until target eight there were no problems.  The old bow has minimal let off so I had to really be in the shot. That helped and I was shooting par. Target 8 was a trick.  A javelina sitting down a hill at 38 yards.  As a rule that isn’t too difficult.  But, today, I knew 38 yards was an in between two pins as best as I could guess.  I guessed a bit off and shot another 5 – a tad high just off the eight ring.  Beyond those two shots I ended up with all tens other than two 12s and two 8s finishing with a 190 in the senior hunter class.  (20 targets no bonus target)

It felt a little like a recurve. (Photo courtesy of Robbie Surface)

For the first time in years shooting a bow without a significant let off and shooting a bow for the first time of any merit I wasn’t too upset with the score.  Now that I’ve got this bow maybe I’ll be able to finish the 3D season with a few more competitions. One thing for certain, the arrows float off the bow and there’s little room for yardage error.

Fixin’ Targets and the Range

Spring is time to make repairs to 3D targets.  It is also time to start trimming the growth on the 3D range.

Boar at 33 yards

Of course, before any of those chores started a little 3D practice was called for.

Can this old coyote make it another year?
Center out of my mountain lion

If I can find some local 3D events in which to compete, I’ll not be following with the original 2019 3D plan.  That plan was to use a bow set up for competing in the hunter class – pins and a short stabilizer.  Unfortunately, the target bow I’d been shooting is a bust and the backup bow, used for 3D, is now the primary and only bow.

This bear is empty on the inside

Because there are easy to find outdoor target events that backup bow is now set up with long stabilizers, a sight and scope, and set for skinny arrows.  Those skinny arrows will have to be the arrows used for 3D because I’m just not going to switch things around everyday to practice with skinny versus fat arrows.  So, 3D will be solely for fun being at a slight handicap on arrow diameter.

When I practiced 3D today the skinny arrows did miss a line or two leaving me with a 10 that might have been a 12 with a larger diameter arrow.  It would have been nice to have two bows – well I did have two bows – that is two bows that performed well.

You might think it is all me regarding the “nicer” bow that failed and is now banned from my range.  But, after a solid year of saying to anyone that would listen that the bow wasn’t right I let the numbers do the talking.  Keeping data on both bows revealed the backup bow out performed the ‘fancy’ bow when in my hands (7% better – 7% is a lot of points at 50 meters). For me, the backup bow is much better and that means one bow rather than two for the different archery disciplines.

Even so, shooting on the 3D range is a nice break from flinging arrows at dots.

First 3D of 2019

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.

Trying to keep my hands warm

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.

You can guess what’s out there..
It is an unwritten rule, no javelina less that 30 yards.

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.

The trees lining this, the larger ones are easy to see, but there are also smaller ones that make this 35 yard target fun
Really fun shot

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.

It didn’t take long to score, pull and move on.

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.

43 yards is getting back there for pins. For me it meant an 8 just off the 10 line

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.

Yep, those are short pants

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.

Twice, really, twice?

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!

Some Baggy Pants

It was time to break up practice.  That meant, morning dots and the afternoon 3D.  I’ve been shooting a lot of dots. The difference between dots and 3D is like bicycle road racing compared to mountain bike racing. Or running on the streets versus trail running.  Either way it is all fun.

This new replacement coyote is more like a cocker spaniel

The break was refreshing and will gradually work into a spring training program. The old 3D targets on my range are really beginning to need replacing.  There’s this old coyote that gets shot on his hind end because the original chest area is completely split.  His days of repair are long gone.

This cinnamon bear needs a new center.

There’s a trail camera on the range.  It is on a line with this javelina. This little tayassu tajacuis set so that it can be shot out to around 45 yards.  You know that varmint will show up at all your 3D competitions in 2019 setting at your maximum distance.  Count on it.

At 41 yards, this mountain lion is a fun shot

Anyway, this camera snapped a picture or two of me as I was working back to take aim on the javelina at 75 yards (no I think it was 37 yards.)

I’d ordered some work pants off of Amazon.  They seemed fine to me.  They felt durable enough.  Naturally, they were too long so I had them hemmed.  After bringing the home I wore them the next day.  Everything seemed fine to me. Then, Brenda, my wife looked at me wearing those new work pants.

I didn’t see anything amiss.  Belt was on, no tags left on the pants, both legs matched in length, and the zipper was in proper placement.  I’d not sat in anything nasty or unknowingly ripped the seat.  What could be so funny?

Okay these pants are baggy

Brenda finally pointed out that it looked line my legs were in tubes. Whatever did that mean?

You can bet, no more wearing in public

The trail camera on the 3D range – well, now I know.  Yes, these are some dumb looking pants.  I am embarrassed to admit, I’ve worn them in public.