I shot this video at our Cherry Valley Bowhunters Big Bear 3D Archery shoot near Jenk's Lake CA, August 1-3 2008. I can't think of nothing more relaxing than to camp out in the high mountain pines and fling arrows, only to set around a campfire later and talk bowhunting and archery.
3D archery is a subset of field archery focusing on shooting at life-size targets of game. It is most common to see unmarked distances in 3D archery, as the goal is to accurately recreate a hunting environment for competition.
On these animals there are 4 rings, only 3 of these are used in ASA shoots. The one that isn't used very often is the 14 ring. This can only be scored if you call it before you shoot, and even then it may not be allowed. Next is the 12 ring inside of the 10 ring, inside of the 8 ring. Anything on the target that is outside of the 8, 10, 12, or 14 rings is a 5. If you miss the target, you score a zero or goose egg.
Though the goal is hunting practice, hunting tips (broadheads) are not used, as they would tear up the foam targets too much. Normal target or field tips, of the same weight as the intended broadhead, are used instead.
Competitors use recurve bows, longbows and compound bows. Arrows are made of aluminum, carbon or cedar wood.
More info about archery and bowhunting and 3-D shoots on our Archery and Bowhunting forum.
To find a 3D shoot in your area check out 3DShoots.com
Camcorder was a Canon GL-2 with Bogen 3130 tripod and head.