First and foremost I want to give a big THANK YOU to all of the people who came out to the Bowhunting.com Get Together this past Saturday. For the 2nd year in a row this event was held at the Coon Creek Hunt Club in Garden Prairie, Illinois and the weather was nearly perfect. Although a few people left with some sunburns, everyone left with a smile on their face and memories to last a long, long time.
The day started off with a group sign-up and then picking of teams for the 3 shooting events. After teams were drawn and the rules were explained teams broke up and headed into the field for some friendly competition.
The gang signing up and getting ready to shoot.
Our main event, the 3-D Smackdown, was won by possibly the youngest attendee of the shoot. Young Isaac Siman from Ohio walked away with the coveted first place trophy after scoring a 149 out of 160 possible points. A big congrats to the fine young archer who also walked away with the high score on the pop-up 3D tournament. Nice shooting Isaac!
Congrats to the winners!
Isaac and I shooting the pop-up 3d course. I must admit, it's a lot harder than it looks. Especially with a bunch of people standing around watching.
The long distance event was one by our good friend Cody from Treehopper after he beat out last year's winner, staff member Dustin Decroo. Cody went home with a brand new Rinehart Rhinoblock target for his well-placed shots at 70 yards.
How far is that again?
This year's sporting clays shoot winner was none other than yours truly. After only shooting my new bow for a few weeks I wasn't expecting to place very well in any of the shoots, but I must admit the new Elite Judge shoots awafully well and certainly helped in my victory. I was joined in the final round of shooting by none other than Isaac Siman, who seemed to be in just about every championship round on Saturday, and Dean Elbe from Treehopper. Although they both shot well, I was just barely able to pull off the win. The real test comes next year when we see if I can hold on to the crown!
Yours truly shooting in the finals of the Sporting Clays competition.
Possibly the most exciting event of the day was shooting at "Fergie" the Bionic Buck. Our good buddy Mr. Bloodcrik from Indiana was kind enough to make us our very own metal target, and he claimed more than a few arrows on this fateful day. Despite costing us a few arrows, we all had a blast taking shots from 40 yards and beyond. By the way, if any of you need new arrows you can get them here!
Fergie the Bionic buck certainly can do some damage! Video to come shortly.
Another thank you goes out to Jason McKee from New Archery Products and Dean Elbe from Treehopper. Both of these guys drove several hours to be at our event and let the Bowhunting.com faithful know about the great products they have to offer. Anyone looking to pick up a Treehopper belt before this fall can click here, and anyone looking for some NAP products can click here for broadheads, here for rests, and here for those amazing Quikfletch!
Finally, a big congratulations goes out to Kevin Lane, winner of a brand new Diamond Iceman FLX bow. Kevin won the $20 bow raffe and went home with a brand new bow for his troubles. Can't really beat that.
All in all this was another great event that drew over 50 serious bowhunters who were able to enjoy a day in the sun, some friendly competition, and go home with some cool new bowhunting gear. Plans have already started for next June so keep your calendars open, you won't want to miss this! Remember, eveyone is invited to this shoot regardless of age, skill, type of bow, or where you live. It's all about having fun!
I leave you all with this fine photo of Diamond Don, doing what he does best - not killing any deer! (Sorry buddy, I couldn't resist).