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Southeastern Archery Wingshooting Tournament coming to Warrenton

The Traditional Bowhunters of Georgia are sponsoring the Southeastern Traditional Championship and the Southeastern Archery Wingshooting Tournament May 19 through the 21 at Ogeechee River Lodge near Warrenton.

The Southeastern Traditional Championship is a 40 target 3D archery shoot restricted to traditional archery equipment. The Wingshooting Tournament, also for traditional equipment, will consist of unlimited rounds of 20 shots at airborne targets, with competitors turning in their best score for record in the tournament scoring.

Traditional shooters use three types of bows, primitive, longbows, or recurves. Primitive bows are made, most often by the shooters themselves, from all natural material. Most such bows are made of hickory, osage, yew, or black locust. No fiberglass, or other material not naturally occuring in nature may be used. Bows are sometimes backed with sinew, rawhide, or for a uniquely beautiful effect, snakeskin. Longbows of modern design in which fiberglass may be used have their own class, as do modern recurve bows. The difference between these two types of bows is that the longbow has relatively straight limbs, while a recurve bow has limbs that curve away from the shooter at their tips. This provides slightly better efficiency, and a smoother shooting bow.

These bows are all close-range weapons, lacking the long-range accuracy and precision of modern compound bows. Traditional bowhunters choose these bows for hunting for several reasons. Some like the additional challenge involved in getting closer to their quarry than required with more modern bows. Others like the simpliciy of these weapons. Still others enjoy making their own equipment, and derive great satisfaction from taking game with their own creations.

Targets for a 3D shoot consist of realistically detailed and sized wild game animals in natural woods settings. For this shoot, deer, turkey, elk, caribou, wolves, bobcats, and even an alligator target posed as though sunning itself on the bank of the Ogeechee River will be included. Targets are set up to accurately simulate situations that a bowhunter might find in during an actual hunt.

The wingshooting aspect of this event will provide exciting spectator sport, since it all takes place in a single location. In addition to the opportunity to watch skilled shooters shoot discs out of the air, those in attendance are welcome to try their hand. Kids will be particularly welcome to participate, and opportunities and instruction will be available

throughout the weekend. Bows and flu flu arrows, designed for limited flight distances, will be provided for anyone wanting to try their hand at wingshooting with a bow.

In the past, the Southeastern Championship Shoot has drawn top shooters from 13 states. This year, the event is expected to draw even more competition because of the wingshooting tournament. There will be food, drinks, equipment vendors with bows, arrows, and other gear for sale during the event. To get to Ogeechee River Lodge from Warrenton, take Mayfield road off Highway 278 toward Mayfield. Turn left onto Ogeechee River Road, and follow signs to the event.

Web posted on Thursday, April 27, 2006

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