If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that I enjoy bow hunting for deer. That's not really correct. It is more accurate to say that I have a passion for bow hunting. When I was bit by that bug, I was bitten badly. I make no claim to be a great bow hunter, but with any activity, the more practice that you do the better you become. I learn new skills every season. For me, bow hunting is a wonderful sport and the 2012 season is getting closer.
Needless to say, as the bow hunting season nears (October 1) I get more and more excited. The bow that has been hanging on the hook since December had seen no action, but now that we are less than sixty days away from sitting in the tree, I brought out the bow and the deer target and threw a few. The need to practice was evident.
The muscles that are required have had it too easy this spring and summer and need to be conditioned. Shot after shot at the target is what I need to get back into the groove and hone those shooting skills. But shooting arrow after arrow at the same deer target can get monotonous.
But bow hunters take note! There is a better way. The annual 3D bow shoot will be taking place again this year at the Grundy County Greenbelt in Reinbeck and it is bigger and better than ever. I know that phrase is too overused. Along with the words "New and Improved." However, in this case that is all true. With the addition of Scheels as a sponsor, we have expanded the number of targets to 40. I think that bow hunters will find the combination of prairie and woodland shots to their liking.
The varied shots and targets is what I personally like best about participating in the shoot. Archers this year will have ample deer targets to aim at but there will also be things as small (and challenging) as an armadillo and as large as an elk and a brown bear. Scheels also funded a second shooting tower to add to the challenges.
Before and after participants shoot the course, there will be Scheels experts on site to show the newest archery equipment and offer advice.
All of this for the low, low registration fee. There will be prizes for the top shooters in each division. If you are an archer, make plans to attend on Saturday, August 18 or Sunday, August 19. Heck, plan to attend both days! If you know an archer please tell him or her about the shoot. You can register and begin shooting the course as early as 7:30 AM if you need to get on to some other activity later in the day or come at your convenience because registration continues until 12:30 each of the two days.
If you have shot the course in previous years, we have all the good stuff back for you to enjoy. Plus all the new stuff brought to us by Scheels. Come to think of it, with all of the hot, dry weather, the only things absent from years past are the mosquitoes and I know that no one will miss those!