18.4 Long Shot Challenges

We are going to push the envelope a little earlier this year on distance! The 18.4 LSC is a qualification based challenge that requires competitors to repeat the same shot regardless of distance and depth perception. There is no question that shooting longer distances makes your short game a million times better.

Points

Attempt: +5 each distance

Live Feed: +5 @20, +15@30, +20@40, +25@50, +30@60,+35@70,+40@80

Scored arrow – must be touching the black 8″ dot. +10 each successful attempt

Bowhunter Bonus: +5 per distance (Successful attempt only)

Procedure:

– 1 arrow each distance per video – 20,30,40,50,60,70,80

-announce name, team, and challenge

-verify distance via range finder or tape measure for closer distances

– make sure target and competitor are in camera frame at all times during shots, after shooting and during walk up target must remain in camera frame

– announce hit or miss on target

– one arrow per video

– must shoots distances successfully in order move on to next distance

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18.3 Turkey DCap Challenge

So it’s turkey season and we know that there is multiple ways to take a turkey down for the count! We promised a fun turkey challenge, so here it is. Keep in mind the goal and points for this challenge are awarded for would be lethal turkey shots.

As always make sure you verify distance. Likewise verify target as well.

The goal here is a kill shot only but that kill shot can consist of a body shot in the scoring rings of the turkey or a head shot.

Acceptable targets:

Downloadable head shot Here

Full body 2D paper/plastic turkey targets or 3D targets are acceptable.

Points:

Attempt – 10 points @ Full Body (2D/3D), 20 @ Head

Distance – 10 points @ 10-19, 20 points @ 20-29, 30 points @ 30+ (Distance only awarded on successful attempts)

Inside Out head shot = 20 points (arrow shaft must be fully inside head) – or – 8 ring and in on a regular 2D/3D target.

Hunter Bonus:

+20 points for scored arrows with a broad head.

+15 points for using a bowhunter rig.

Must verify before shot it is a broadhead.

Shot Attempts : 3 total submitted shots but must be one at a time on video. You will not get scores for three consecutive arrows in same target.

Acceptable download link – Here

18.2 Announcement – No Sights, No problem

How in the Sam H  – E Double hockey stick am I supposed to shoot a trad bow? Listen you don’t have to go out and get a trad bow to do this challenge. This one will make you conentrate on that anchor point like there is no tomorow!

The #tradbowchallenge is a 5 yard shooting challenge at the standard 40cm single spot. This challenge is a scored challenge but you must remove your sight or shoot any bow with out a sight. Prefereablly a main competition or hunting bow so you can concentrate on your release and anchor point with out the pressure of aiming. We want to challenge your instincts a bit for the month of March before we step back to further distances in the upcoing months.

What’s the carry over? Maybe Frank lost his mind 🤪 I’ve lost my conscious mind but not my sub-conscious mind 😉 Read further!

The carry over is …..no matter where these arrows hit, it will identify if you arent hitting a consistent anchor point each time and reinforces using your subconscnous mind to do the aiming and not relying on physical aiming abilities.

“The subconscious mind is like a child. It learns from experience. I like to break my shot down without worrying about aiming. I will blind-bale shoot at 5-yards and only focus on form and making the perfect shot. (Let me clarify, I’m not really blind-bale shooting because I keep my eyes open, but I place a piece of tape over my sight so I am not focused on aiming.) You want to be careful here, because you are instilling habits into your muscle memory, and habits can be good and bad. Make sure you have a solid understanding of proper archery form. 

I go as far as to make sure my stance is shoulder-width apart, so I’m keeping the weight over the top of my hips. Once I come to full draw, I want a slight bend (Not bent, not hyperextended either) in my elbow and settle into my anchor points. I expand my chest and use back tension to hold the bow at full draw while I aim. This relaxes all the other muscles of the upper body and is more stable. I pretend I am mashing a ball between my shoulder blades. When releasing an arrow, I always pull through the shot. I don’t want to become static on the release or collapse on the shot. I want to always pull through it.”  ~T-Bone, Bone Collector

Travis TBone Turner – The Mind of An Archer – READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Points:

  • Attempt = 10 points
  • Live Feed = 25 points
  • 3 ends of Scored Arrows (9 shots total) = 30 point max per end – standard scoring 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
  • Grouping ( measure inside arrow to inside arrow at furthest point)
    • 1 – 3″  = 10 points
    • 4 – 6″  = 5 points
    • 7 – 10″ = 3 points

Video Requirments:

  • distance verification via tape or range finder
  • make sure target stays in frame at all times
  • 3 valid 3 arrow end video submissions
  • Tape measure or ruler to measure arrow grouping.

Procedure:

  1. Verify distance and shooting line
  2. set up camera to have you and the target in view during all three shots
  3. Shoot your three arrows
  4. Walk up to target keeping target in frame at all times
  5. Score arrows verbally and make sure you take pictures of any to close to call via video arrows to help with socre validation by Frank

Part 2: Paper Tune Bonus Challenge

Once you complete the three ends of scoring the trad bow challenge you may complete the paper tune Challenge.

Shoot one bare shaft and one fletched arrow from 5-6′ begins paper. Shoot your shots and verify width or height of the tear with a ruler or tape measure.

What you really need to do is read this awesome article on paper tuning from our friends at Lancaster Archery Supply!

Points:

Attempt = 20 points

Bare shaft Arrow hole less than 1″ = 10 points

Bare shaft Arrow hole less than 2″ = 5 points

Bare shaft Arrow hole breather than 2.1″ = 3 points

Say what about the next challenge?

So here is a little hint from the man himself Travis “T-Bone” Turner and a qoute from his article in Easton bowhuting about The Mind of an Archer.

What do you think will be the next challenge? Bet ya can’t guess!

“The subconscious mind is like a child. It learns from experience. I like to break my shot down without worrying about aiming. I will blind-bale shoot at 5-yards and only focus on form and making the perfect shot. (Let me clarify, I’m not really blind-bale shooting because I keep my eyes open, but I place a piece of tape over my sight so I am not focused on aiming.) You want to be careful here, because you are instilling habits into your muscle memory, and habits can be good and bad. Make sure you have a solid understanding of proper archery form. 

I go as far as to make sure my stance is shoulder-width apart, so I’m keeping the weight over the top of my hips. Once I come to full draw, I want a slight bend (Not bent, not hyperextended either) in my elbow and settle into my anchor points. I expand my chest and use back tension to hold the bow at full draw while I aim. This relaxes all the other muscles of the upper body and is more stable. I pretend I am mashing a ball between my shoulder blades. When releasing an arrow, I always pull through the shot. I don’t want to become static on the release or collapse on the shot. I want to always pull through it.” 

~T-Bone, Bone Collector

18.1 10 Yard Mini 3 Spot Challenge

It’s that time of the year again!!!!! Sub freezing temps, late season archery hunting, indoor archery season, shed season around the corner, and OAC shooting challenges begin!

In typical OAC fashion we start of with a volume of arrows, throw in some wrinkles, reinforce positive shooting habits and give big points right up front!

Remember our video requirements must be followed and from 10 yards it should be no issue. Target and archery in view of camera at all times. Judgement will be made by me if video does not comply to these rules if it must be reshot. Sample video from 8th & Tine coming soon.

YOU MUST USE SAME TARGET FOR ALL 30 ARROWS OR IF A NEW TARGET IS REQUESTED THE FOLLOWING END MUST BE SHOT ON LIVE FEED, THAT TARGET MUST BE USED FROM THAT POINT FORWARD.

The first challenge of 2018 is a 10 yard mini 3 Spot shooting challenge. Compeitors will download the 10 yard 3 Spot target (8.5X11″) and shoot a 300 round or 10 ends of 3 arrows over the next two months.

Duration – January – February 2018 (2 months)

Format – 10 – 3 arrow ends

Video – 3 shots per

Points – Total possible 300 30X

Steps:

1. download colored or black and white target

2. Verify 10 yard distance with range finder or tape measure on video.

3. Shoot/Score first end ( ex: X – X – 10) in hand written scoring grid on target.

Scoring Rings: X-10-9-8-7-6

4. Take a pic of any close arrow and post it to comments of each video. This is to aid in calling .

5. Post all videos to the same post if possible. When you post original video post remaining ends to the comments of that video so they are all on the same post.

Points Opportunities:

Live Feed Bonus: +20 Points (1 time bonus – minimum one end)

Attempt Points: : +10 Points (Must finish all 10 ends to earn)

Scores arrows: All scored points will count.

Target: Download Here

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_5YmFTJE0_BLPEPqDa9kg8iRdGnePGTb

Likewise don’t forget to read up on the Points Validation Protocol

September Unveils Trail Cam and Mulligan Challenge 

In OAC fashion the final Trail Cam and Shooting Challenge month has arrived! We previously made an announce that competitors are allowed to mame up for missed challenges likewise with specific criteria this year competitors can use a mulligan.  See the 17.6 details HERE

If you have any questions on the Trail Cam Challenge visit the webpage HERE and get those scouting points! It’s all worth the effort in the end! 


Some OAC members hunting seasons have kicked off and some states will be starting any day. We wish all competitors the best of luck and safe hunting as they go after OAC Harvest points through out the remainder of the year!

Don’t forget OAC Bonus tags are available for all competitors as we move forward. View the menu of tags HERE and make sure you get the most out of your hunt for your team!

Nanny Doe at 20 yards, what steps out behind her!!!!

What a great article and worth sharing on OAC! Original article posted to Wide Open Spaces is linked to title below! This is solid information and worth a share for sure! 

Start Original article:

SHOULD YOU SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS? (Click to visit Wide Open Spaces)

Posted by Jake VanDeLaare

We are faced with this question almost every year.

It happens to everyone. A nice, mature doe walks in range. You set up your shot, when you notice more movement. Hoping it’s a buck, you look, only to see fawns traveling with this doe. Do you still shoot? Will these fawns or yearlings survive without the supervision of the adult doe? Let’s look at the facts.

Managing a deer herd is vital to the success of the species. Harvesting a doe from time to time is a vital part of herd management and maintaining a good buck to doe ratio. Does will also chase off young bucks throwing off the ratio. Which is a benefit of shooting does early in the season, which is also when a doe is most likely to travel with a fawn.
Ultimately, a fawn’s survival depends on how reliant it is on its mother. A fawn is completely reliant on its mother until it can be weaned off of it’s mother’s milk. This occurs at roughly 70 days after its birth. In the United States a majority of fawns are born between late April and early July. So most fawns are hitting your food plots starting in July and, at the latest, September.
So while the above has been informative that doesn’t answer the question. Should you turn that doe in the above scenario into jerky?

That depends on where you live. In most states, go for it. You earned it and should enjoy that doe and don’t hesitate. Most hunting seasons are set to fall outside of that 70 day range where a fawn would need to nurse. So unless you live in the below states, congratulations on the venison.

States with Early Hunting Seasons

Florida – Season opens July 30

South Carolina – August 15

Idaho – August 3

Nebraska – September 1

Wyoming – September 1

Kentucky – September 1

Montana – September 3

North Dakota – September 4

What if you do live in one of the listed states? You aren’t out of luck you just have to be more careful. Now some of the more Southern states will have their fawns drop early so you’re still probably safe. Really what it comes down to is does that fawn have spots? If yes, let it walk if you want that fawn to survive. If the fawn doesn’t have spots take the shot.

End original article: 

OAC Thoughts:

This is great info and in PA we have something called “Red tag season” which is crop damage tags provided to land owners who get approved crop damage from WCO’s. The season closes during the birthing time for PA whitetails and comes back in once fawns are weened and able to survive alone. Learn more about the Red Tag Program here. 

Likewise shooting a mature Doe that is no longer providing offspring is a real trophy. They are smarter and tougher to kill then even mature bucks. Likewise managing your herd on private land and keeping that Doe that births two-three fawns yearly might be a wise decision. Just some food for thought!