Abilene archers aim arrows toward fun during 3-D shoot tournament

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BUFFALO GAP, TX (KTAB) – Local archers reached a high point Saturday during the Abilene Bowhunters Association’s 3D shoot – offering anyone who can pick up a bow the chance to set their sights on fun.

3-D shoots are hosted on a monthly basis by the association and despite the name, you don’t need special glasses to see the course.

“It’s a thirty target course – so there’s 10, 12, five, eight, and zero points depending on where you hit the target. You’re shooting at 3-D figures which represent animals you’d be shooting at in the wild if you are a hunter,” said John Earley, president of the Abilene Bowhunters Association.

The hunt is, for some, a way to brush up on skills while out of hunting season or the chance to sharpen their competition skills.

“This is a great way for us to stay sharp while off of season. It’s just the competition of archery and being able to go out and do something that we just love and are passionate about,” said Mark and Kelli White, archery enthusiasts.

And for association members, the scores from each monthly 3-D shoot are tallied at the end of the year with the winners of each class going home with a belt buckle.

The shoots, Earley says, give entire families the opportunity to follow their arrows toward more time together.

“Mom, dad, daughter, son – everyone can come out and shoot the same course and have fun instead of parents having to watch the kids or kids watching the parents. Everybody can participate,” said Earley.

Information on future 3-D shoots can be find by following the Abilene Bowhunters Association’s Facebook page.

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