Camp Sherman Oregon
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Pre-season Roadtrip â€“ me, my brother, Pete Hanes, and buddy, Shay Mann hit the road for a two hour road trip from here in Springfield to hit the trails of a great unmarked 3-D shoot today. Awesome weather and a killer environment for all western bowhunters greeted us. We had a ton of fun, didnâ€™t shoot half bad and I even ended up wining a little cold hard cash by hitting one of the â€œMoney Dotsâ€. That will work. This was the first time Iâ€™ve had a chance to shoot the Vectrix in the woods. Been pounding the targets in my backyard every night, but a good, challenging unmarked 3-D is a great test. It performed awesomely all day on the course which featured targets from 20 to over 50 yards. I am pumped.
My goal for any 3-D shoot is to score at least half 10â€™s and half 8â€™s on the 10-8-5 scoring system, which would give me 360 points out of 400 possible. No 5â€™s and obviously, no freakinâ€™ zeros (misses) â€“ donâ€™t even remember the last miss Iâ€™ve had at a 3-D. Todayâ€™s shoot had tiny 12 ring super kills, so there was a chance to tack on a few extra points with pinpoint accuracy. In the end, I nearly achieved all my shooting goals. As you can see from my score card, out of the 40 targets, I ended up 6-12â€™s, 13-10â€™s, 18-8â€™s and 3 dang 5â€™s. The six 12â€™s offset those three 5â€™s, but the 5â€™s still, always drive me crazy. Besides starting off a little slow, I had a leg of the shoot where I simply lost focus â€“ way too many 8â€™s in a row. My left to right was dead on all day, which is a great feeling as this means my anchor and technique is right on. No doubt from the daily shooting, which hammers home that muscle memory. I dropped the points I did because of yardage judging errors, which is something I will get dialed in before hitting the mountains to make my bowhunting dreams come true. It should be noted, like a lot of guys, even when shooting for score, I shoot my rig set up for hunting. I donâ€™t set up a special bow for 3-Dâ€™s. The only reason I shoot 3-Dâ€™s is to help me in the hunting woods, period. Iâ€™ve never had a â€œ3-D bowâ€ and never really cared that much about scoring as high as possible in the competition, winning a trophy or anything. Not saying there is anything wrong with having that special 3-D rig, but to me, I just want to feel as comfortable and confident as possible with my hunting rig. It is a mental thing. At todayâ€™s shoot I was yarding back the Vectrix at 74lbs and it was pushing those FMJ 400â€™s about 275 fps.
Met some great people today â€“ I love hanging out with other passionate western bowhunters. Thank you to all those I visited with today â€“ lots of EBJ fans at the shoot! I hope to meet more of you at the next 3-D. Keep training and hunting hard â€“ the rest will take care of itself. Cam