BtB 3D Open, NFAA Nationals

A few 3D archery images by Mark V. Lonsdale

BtB 3D Open — well attended and well run. Major shout out to the organizers and volunteers
BtB NFAA 3D Open and the spectacular terrain of Friant, CA. Rocky Chisholm scoring 3D targets from McKenzie Delta
Divisions for Longbow, Barebow, Compound, Bowhunters, Freestyle
This lady shot a lot of 12s on this course
Rocky Chisholm and Sandy McCain scoring 3D wolf
BtB 3D Open with standing bear from McKenzie Delta targets
McKenzie Delta 3D bighorn sheep
The Goblin
The Dragon
BtB NFAA 3D Open — big elk
Thanks to the BtB organizers, staff and volunteers. Looking forward to 2021


Archery Competition Mindset

By Mark V. Lonsdale

In competition, there are no losers. There are winners and those who learn. We actually learn more from our mistakes than from our success. Mistakes and misses should not be just shrugged off. They must be analyzed and corrected if you wish to advance in any sport.

The goal is to maintain a positive mindset and constantly move forward.

While one goal is to get those low arrows up into the scoring zone, the really challenge is to identify and correct the errors or flaws in technique that caused the low shots. A common problem is dropping the bow arm too soon and not following through on the shot.

BtB NFAA 3D Open Nationals

BtB is up and running at an incredible 3D range in Friant, just north of Fresno, CA.

Two circuits, running one arrow on 51 targets per day, 102 total. For barebow shooters targets were from 3 yards to 40 yards with most in the 15 to 30 yard range.

My arrow indicated. Struggling for 10s and 12s but also had more than a few 5s and misses today. First 3D event so the goal is to do better on Sunday.
In archery there are those who win and those who learn.

Saturday was great – Sunday will be better.


7 Tips for Winning at Field Archery

From World Archery

ANDREA VASQUEZ4 August 2017Wroclaw (POL)Recurve and barebow athletes competing at the World Games gave advice on shooting field.

Field archers shoot around a multi-target course set in the countryside, across slopes, nature and at both unmarked and marked distances, facing challenges of light and dark, changing elevations and misleading ground.

It’s a special set of skills. Here’s what you need to be good at field archery.


“You need to be physically fit so when you get to the peg, your heart rate slows down quickly before shooting,” said Bryony Pitman. The walking course in Wroclaw was pretty flat – but that’s not always the case.


Finland’s Juuso Huhtala said success is all about your body position: “Good balance helps you to stand in all sort of places and have control of your body as you bend it all the way up or down.”

Rookie field archers often move their arms up and down to aim at sloped targets, but to keep the T-shape needed for a consistent shot, the bend has to come from the torso or waist.


“Being able to figure out the distances correctly when you shoot unmarked distances and not worrying when you have a bad arrow or a low score on a target, because field competition is long and there are plenty of opportunities to recover, is key,” said 2013 World Games Champion Giuseppe Seimandi from Italy.


A three-time Olympic medallist, double World Archery Field Champion and four-time Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion, Brady Ellison said that practise makes perfect.

“The more experienced you get, the better it is. When it’s a bit flatter you don’t need to know half as much. You just need to know how to judge and make sure your sight tape is okay,” he said.

“But when you get into mountains and angles, the game changes a lot more. That’s where 90% of your knowledge and experience comes from in the field, from knowing angles and side hills and what’s going to happen there, and that’s when field becomes tough, too.”


“You have to like to shoot in different distances and conditions because in field archery, the weather and the light will probably change from target to target,” said recurve archer Jessica Tomasi from Italy. “You need to be easily adaptable to the environment and you must like nature, too.”


“You need to be out to think about many things at the same time: work out the distance, measure it in your head, tune in your bow according to each shot,” said Naomi Folkard, the 2017 World Games runner-up who lost the final to Lisa Unruh in a tiebreak.

“You need to be able to shoot in different positions and make a good shot when your body is not in the right place.”


“You’ve got to love shooting field and work hard to reach your goals. You must be perseverant and consistent,” said multiple field medallist David Garcia Fernandez from Spain.

The Zen of Archery

By Mark V. Lonsdale

The Zen of Archery, as with any shooting sport, is the process of shooting one perfect shot, and then repeating it.

Novice archers spread arrows all over the target, and some off the bail, but when he or she lands a single arrow in the center of the target, they are immensely satisfied. This is good because anything that inspires the rookie to learn and practice is a positive experience, even if a more experienced archer would not be impressed.

But for the serious archer, he or she may put five arrows in the 10 ring and one in the 8, only to question why one missed the center. This is the true athletes’ quest for perfection. But to quote Vince Lombardi, Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

The athlete does not rest on his or her laurels when they know they can do better. A winning score of 600 out of 720 should motivate them to shoot 650 next time. So this brings us to the Zen of of Archery. The goal is a shift in thinking from shooting a set of six arrows and adding up the score, to a making each arrow a perfect arrow. In other words, total focus and concentration on each draw, each anchor, each release, and each follow-though, as if it is the only one that counts. So the Zen of Archery is not shooting six arrows but shooting one arrow six times.

We have all thrown an arrow low, only to realize we had dropped our bow arm. Then, focused on the bow arm, we throw an arrow right, realizing we had lost focus on the string blur. We then try to consciously inventory our technique, but in the process lose the relaxed fluidity of good archery.

The Zen of Archery is not a process of chasing flaws in technique with all six arrows, but aspiring to make each arrow perfect. This requires one hundred percent focus and concentration on form, while at the same time being smooth and relaxed. The ultimate execution is when it comes naturally without thinking, a result of many thousands of arrows or repetitions. This is also where blank bail practice, without the pressured of aiming, becomes a valuable exercise.

Remember, “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong”


3D Practice for the BtB and NFAA 3D Open

Another morning working on establishing 3-under barebow holds for 3D from 20 yards to 45 yards

Changed my point-on hold from 6 0’clock to center hold and dropped the last two into the scoring zone
Note the “spectator” left of the target. Real deer coming to check out the action.
Running the Hoyt Exceed barebow with Velos limbs, Beiter plunger, and Zniper rest. Arrows are Easton XX75 2213s with Platinum Plus shafts on the way from Lancaster Archery
Counting down to this weekend

BtB & NFAA 3D Open This Weekend

Four days and counting down to Break the Barriers & NFAA 3D Open this weekend (10-11 Oct 2020).

Busy confirming holds for 3 yards to 40 yards for the recurve Barebow division. Event is 51 targets each day, one arrow per target.

This 3D target is 20 years old, and looks it. But still works with a new insert.
25 yards is looking good. Running Easton XX75 2213s but have some new XX75 Platinum Plus 2315 shafts on order.
Not a 3D target. This old buck came wandering through while I was practicing last Friday. Completely unafraid.

US Indoor from USA Archery

September 20, 2020


YANKTON, South Dakota – What would have been USA Archery’s big March Madness Mega Money shootdown, the Indoor Nationals Final, was postponed in precaution for public health. Next weekend, the spotlight showdown for over $70,000 in prize money is back on the calendar for September 27th in Yankton, South Dakota.

The 51st USA Archery Indoor Nationals were contested at thirteen locations this past winter with intense excitement and nearly 5,000 participants. Competition was fierce, national records fell, and it all comes down to the USA Archery Indoor Nationals Final! View full qualification results.

This invitational shoot features the best of the best, as the top eight archers in each category, regardless of age, go head to head in elimination matches for over $70,000 in prize money, with payouts to all places. The contest categories are men and women’s recurve and compound, and barebow archers have a separate gender and age neutral category in the lineup, thanks to generous support from Lancaster Archery Supply. USA Archery was thrilled to see archers ranging from young teens, to masters over 50 qualify for the event as the bar was set high across the board. 

To follow the Final on Sunday, September 27th, tune in to Between Ends for live scores (View Schedule and Format). The Indoor Final gold medal matches will be live streamed at 9:30am CT (*NOTE START TIME EDITED TO 9:30 AM!!) by Competition Archery Media on USA Archery’s Facebook and YouTube.

While we count down the final week until this showdown, start filling out your brackets – who do you think will take home top honors and biggest prize checks?