Third annual 3D archery shootout at Wildcat Hills
     2011-06-23      By The Gering Citizen   
Photo courtesy of Dan Anderson: 3rd annual 3D shootout participants, left to right, Hunter and Shiree Houghland, Morgan Lee, Kaden Reinmuth, Ryan Schenck. 
GERING -On June 11th and 12th over 50 archers from three states participated in the 3rd Annual Wildcat Hills 3-D Shootout. The shoot took place in the Wildcat Hills south of Gering. Two archery clubs, the Western Nebraska Archery Association and Alliance Archery Club worked together to put the shoot on.

Two separate courses were set up with 25 targets on each course. One course was shot in the morning and the other after lunch. Trails were flagged out and 3-D targets set out at varying distances. To add to the challenge the targets were placed so archers had to shoot up hills, down hills and across draws all of which make it challenging to judge the distance to the targets. The longest shot on the course was to be no more than 60 yards.

“It’s always a challenge setting up a 3-D course because you have to remember not everyone are expert archers. We try to make it challenging for the better shooters, but not so challenging a beginner can’t shoot the courses. There are two shooting stakes at most targets, one for men and women BHFS (Bow Hunter Free Style) and one that is closer for Youth and Traditional classes. Cubs shoot from where ever they are comfortable shooting,” said Dan Anderson, President of the Alliance Archery Club.

Hamburgers, chips and drinks were served to archers by the Western Nebraska Archery Association members on Saturday. On Sunday the Alliance Archery Club members served smoked sausages, beans, chips and drinks.

The two Clubs will meet again in a few weeks to start planning the 4th Annual Wildcat Hills 3-D Shootout 2012.

The only disappointment of the shoot was on Saturday morning when the two clubs found out someone had stolen a brand new Rinehart monster mule deer target off the course. This target has a huge set of antlers and is not something most people would have. If anyone has information about this target please notify the sheriff’s department. These targets are very expensive, this one in particular was worth $540 and the Western Nebraska Archery Association would like to get it back.

Winners of this year’s shoot in Men’s BHFS were as follows: first place Gary Dykman from Chappell, NE, second place went to Randy Younkins from Sidney, NE and third place winner was Ryan Sterkel from Gering, NE.

To have a class there needed to be at least three shooters shooting both days. There was only one Traditional archer that shot both days and only one Youth archer turned in a score for the two day event so no places were paid out in these classes. In the Women’s BHFS there were enough to make a class but only one place was paid and that went to Rebecca Younkins from Sidney, NE. Congratulations to all the winners.

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