Week 13: Host an Archery Shoot

Up to this point in preparing for the moment of truth, we have grinding at the gym, archery range and in the woods. It’s time to have a little fun. Call up your buddies and invite them to an archery shootout.

Empty the remaining venison or turkey from the freezer and throw it on the grill (an empty freezer is a powerful motivator to shoot straight when the moment of truth arrives), put some cold soft drinks on ice and enjoy a Saturday with your bowhunting buds.

Archery Poker

Print out this free sheet of playing card symbols and place it on your target. Shooters each take a shot for five rounds. Once a shooter hits a card with his or her arrow, no one else can hit it. After five rounds, the player with the best “hand” wins.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Or should it be called tic-tac-bow? Whatever you call it, it’s a fun archery practice game two shooters can play. Draw a 3 x 3 grid on a piece of paper or poster board and pin it on your target. The first shooter to succeed in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.

Archery Horse

This game follows the same rules you play with a basketball, but the ring on a target or the vital area of a 3D target is the “basket.” The shooter calls the shot and shoots from any distance, position or angle. The first person to miss gets a “letter,” starting with “H.” When a shooter spells “Horse,” he or she is out of the game.  The last person in the game wins.

There are several other games that you can play, including baseball and golf with these targets from Morrell.  Take a week, get out of the routine of draw, release, repeat, and just have some fun. Isn’t that the whole point of archery anyway?