Archers take Whidbey Island!

Report by Reynold Sarns

On the weekend of May 19 and 20, the Whidbey Island Bowmen, located on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington hosted the Washington State Archery Association’s State 3D Championship.  A lot of effort went into grooming not only the 30 target trail, but also the practice range which accommodates practice from 20-80 yards and of course the camping area of over 25 acres.  My personal thanks to the members of this excellent facility for all the hard work that was evident throughout this facility.

Archers were not only challenged by the unmarked 3D course, which featured 2 elevated stand shots, several steep uphill, downhill and side hill shots, but also the beauty of being on an Island in the Puget Sound, including some spectacular views of the straights of Juan De Fuca.  Eagles, owls with babies, and other raptors were patrolling the skies as we shot, watching closely for a squirrel, rabbit or mouse that might get flushed out for them.   The 30 Rinehart 3D targets ranged from Grizzly bears, black bears, full sized elk, monster mule deer, and huge whitetail bucks, to Veloci-raptors, Hadrasaurs, and various smaller animals such as raccoons, bobcats and coyotes.

Archers at our practice range.

After Saturday’s round, I expected a lot of high scores to roll in, as the course was setup well within the State distance maximums for each style and age group.  With Adult compound, and FSLR/L shooting out to 50 yards, Youth/Traditional out to 40 yards, Cub out to 25, and Pewee to 15 yards.   Well I guess making it what I thought should be easy, even fooled me.  The most common statement of dismay was, “Wow, great course, sure deceived me”….  I will say we had made a lot of small changes in angles, tree removal and lengthening of our course, and for those who “knew” our course, it was a very different look than normal.

Our scoring system for the WSAA is 10-8-5, with no 11 or 12 scored.  Here are the results for the Traditional and Oly recurve classes:

 

Adult Male

1

AM TRAD GRANT

MACDONALD

211

208

419

 

2

AM TRAD DON

FABRAO

203

209

412

 

AM TRAD MIKE

KYLE

160

175

335

 

AM TRAD KIRK

RUTTER

166

148

314

 

AM TRAD PETER

RUTTER

166

136

302

 
  AM TRAD DARYL

HAWES

108

138

246

 
  AM TRAD SCOTT

DUCKEN

120

0

120

 
  AM TRAD JIM

BOUMA

0

0

0

 
  AM TRAD HUNTER

BOUMA

0

0

0

 

Adult Female

1

AF TRAD ANASTASIA

SAMUELSON

79

88

167

     

AF TRAD SERABEL

JONES

74

74

148

     

Oly Recurve

1 SM FSLR/L REN

SARNS

205

195

400

****  
  SM FSLR/L TOM

SAMUELSON

88

64

152

   

 

Linda taking a shot at the Bedded Elk at about 46 yards, and about 25 deg downhill

There was quite the shootout for 1st and 2nd between Grant Macdonald and Don Fabrao.  Don always seems to take the 1st place hardware home.  Day one was quite the match, as I shot with that group.  From the 1st target you could see they were not only going to pull away from the others, but challenge each other at each stake.  The scores went back and forth all day, with Grant ending with a good string of 10’s on the last several targets eeking out an 8-point lead.  On day two Don brought his “A” game, similar to last years heroics, when he was down by 15 or so, and came back to win with some outstanding shooting.  This year though Grant persevered, although Don made it tough, pulling even and even having a small lead at points throughout the 2nd day.  Don actually outshot Grant by 1 point on Sunday, giving Grant the 7 point win and his first 3D State Championship, to go along with his 2 Indoor titles from this year.

I normally shoot in the Senior Traditional division, however due to a lack of shooters this year, I switched to the Olympic style for this shoot, with the hopes of competing against some of the top NFAA FSLR/L shooters we have in our State.  I also wanted to shoot from the longer stakes in preparation for the State Field and FITA Field.  I stated that I was shooting my bow all dressed out, but left the site alone after the first 2 targets of the 1st day, and shot my normal GAP system, technically shooting Barebow Recurve.  It worked as I set both the 1 day and 2 day State records for the FSLR/L (Olympic) style, pretty happy with a 400 total from 50 yards unmarked.  I am really looking forward to the new NFAA Longbow class, as I will be shooting in that for some of the WSAA tourneys next year.

 

Winners

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