The 2012 WBH broadhead shoot and come and gone. As usual, it was a great time. Bowhunters from all over Wisconsin and a few from other states as far away as California enjoyed a weekend of archery at the 66th annual broadhead shoot dubbed as the “Bowhunter warm up shoot.” Below are some pictures and video of not only the WBH broadhead shoot but also the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge Novelty shoot that I have been running for the last 5 years.
This 3 day archery shoot is staffed by a lot of great people. Here are a few of them.
Jean (WBH Office Secretary) and Don makes it all come together.
Gloria and Ruth
Tony, instructing archers before they head out on the broadhead course.
Barry and Austin relocating picnic tables.
WBH directors setting up after a patch of rough weather.
Late Saturday afternoon a very brief wind a rain event rolled through. It only lasted a half hour but made for a little more work.
The 3 day event was a mix of sun and sprinkles but a bit more windy than most would have liked to see.
There were archers of all ages and both genders.
I run the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge on Friday and Saturday with the final shoot off taking place at 5:00 pm on Saturday. Archers qualify by putting their broadhead tipped arrow through a 3.5 inch diameter hole at 35 yards. Those that qualify, return for the shoot off where they attempt the shot again at 45 yards.
Here is a view of the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge target from the 35 yard line.
Big Oak Products was one of the sponsors of the Broadhead Challenge.
Here is a view of my canopy where archers sign up to take the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge. The cost is $5. If an archer makes the shot, he gets his money back.
The prizes for the winner of the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge. The prizes come from Buck Rub Archery and Big Oak Products and WBH.
Every year I make a new yellow target core (made from wood) Here is the first attempt to make the shot. The green board in the background is reused year after year and has become quite littered with broadheads. If an archer does not make it through the hole, they unscrew their broadhead and they sign the target at the point of impact.
As the day progresses, more and more archers attempt the shot. Here we have a few archers signing the target where their broadhead landed.
Here are a series of very short videos of archers taking the challenge. The first three are unsuccessful attempts. While you cant see the impact, you cant mistake the loud “Thunk” of the broadhead tipped arrow striking the wood.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T95jggX8 ... e=youtu.be
Here are 3 short videos of successful archers. You can just barely hear their arrow pass through the paper covering the hole and entering the foam block behind the target.
This year, the windy conditions intimidated many of the archers. All told, I had only 9 archers that were able to make it through the hole.
In the shoot off round, 7 of the nine qualifiers were unable to make it through the hole at 45 yards. Only Marvin Joles and Tom Christian passed through the hole in the first round of the shoot off.
As you can see, the sky is getting dark due to an approaching storm. Winds began to increase making the 45 yard shot very difficult.
Only Marvin and Tom were left to shoot off.
Marvin used a BowTech and Muzzy heads.
Tom started the competition with a Hoyt and ABC Sonic broadheads.
The high winds kept both archers from threading the needle despite several attempts. The impending storm and the fact that Tom had embedded all of his remaining broadheads into the wood target meant he had to borrow his buddies BowTech bow and arrows and broadheads to finish the competition. Changing bows didn’t seem to effect Tom. Both archers agreed that the final shot would be a “closest to the hole” round. Tom, using borrowed gear edge out Marvin and now carries the title of Ultimate Broadhead Champion.
Within minutes of finishing the competition, the sky opened up
Here is the 2012 target core showing the shots that were close but not close enough. The wind was blowing hard from the right making broadhead tipped arrows drift to the left of the hole.
Despite some foul weather, the weekend was a great time. Thanks to all those that came out to shoot and to those that worked all weekend to make the shoot possible. A special thanks goes out to Miles and the vapor lock group that did such a great job getting the course ready.