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Contributors to this thread:
Ucsdryder 04-Jul-20
Jasper 04-Jul-20
cnelk 04-Jul-20
Treeline 04-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 04-Jul-20
fubar racin 04-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 04-Jul-20
Treeline 04-Jul-20
KSflatlander 04-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 04-Jul-20
fubar racin 04-Jul-20
caribou77 04-Jul-20
caribou77 04-Jul-20
Treeline 04-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 04-Jul-20
caribou77 04-Jul-20
PECO 04-Jul-20
Predeter 04-Jul-20
Brotsky 04-Jul-20
LUNG$HOT 04-Jul-20
Shaft2Long 04-Jul-20
Glunt@work 04-Jul-20
t-roy 04-Jul-20
Treeline 04-Jul-20
Ambush 05-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 05-Jul-20
Treeline 05-Jul-20
JTreeman 05-Jul-20
Treeline 05-Jul-20
JTreeman 05-Jul-20
Glunt@work 05-Jul-20
x-man 05-Jul-20
Bloodtrail 05-Jul-20
Treeline 05-Jul-20
x-man 05-Jul-20
Aces11 05-Jul-20
Native Okie 05-Jul-20
Native Okie 05-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 05-Jul-20
Treeline 05-Jul-20
Brotsky 05-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 05-Jul-20
JTreeman 05-Jul-20
Brotsky 05-Jul-20
caribou77 05-Jul-20
Treeline 05-Jul-20
Predeter 05-Jul-20
caribou77 05-Jul-20
caribou77 05-Jul-20
Treeline 05-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 05-Jul-20
Scoot 05-Jul-20
Beav 06-Jul-20
Scoot 06-Jul-20
Brotsky 06-Jul-20
Scoot 06-Jul-20
Treeline 06-Jul-20
Beav 06-Jul-20
Scoot 06-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 10-Jul-20
Treeline 10-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 10-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 12-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 12-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 12-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 12-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 12-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 12-Jul-20
Pop-r 13-Jul-20
Treeline 13-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 13-Jul-20
Brotsky 13-Jul-20
JTreeman 13-Jul-20
Ucsdryder 13-Jul-20
From: Ucsdryder
04-Jul-20
Going to my first Total Archery Challenge in glenwood springs next Sunday. My flat brim is on order just in time! Anybody else going or has attended one? I’m looking forward to it! Just fletched another dozen arrows and have been shooting quite a bit between 80-100. Should be a great time.

From: Jasper
04-Jul-20
Gods luck John!

From: cnelk
04-Jul-20
Are you wearing Sitka or Kuiu? Will your pack be Kifaru?

From: Treeline
04-Jul-20
Going to have to look in to that one. After CTAS and CBA cancellations, figured 3-D shoots were off the list for this summer

From: Ucsdryder
04-Jul-20
Brad, I believe the approved uniform is either Sitka OR KUIU, but mis-matching camo patterns is frowned upon and mid-matching brands is a big no no!!!

From: fubar racin
04-Jul-20
Next year for sure 80# prime flat brim kifaru pack and kryptek head to toe lol

From: Ucsdryder
04-Jul-20
Fubar, what are you trying to say. I have an 80lb prime and a Kifaru pack! Lol

From: Treeline
04-Jul-20
Gonna pass. To spendy and the targets are going to be set too far away...

From: KSflatlander
04-Jul-20
Hey, I’m the only flatbrimmer around here. Good luck!

From: Ucsdryder
04-Jul-20
Tavis, you can shoot from wherever you want and they have 3 different courses. The prime course is the long range course, but the others are much closer. The girlfriend is coming and her max is 45 yards.

From: fubar racin
04-Jul-20
Me too uscdryder lol in fact had I not bought the 80# logic the day before you posted your 80#black I’d own your 80# prime lol I was trying to be stereotypical well except the kryptek gear I guess.

From: caribou77
04-Jul-20
I just attended the Total Archery Challenge last weekend in Lead, South Dakota. I definitely didnt fit in with my Eberelstock pack and Puff ball silencers on my bow. I did have on my Kuiu cap though so hopefully I saved face a bit.

In all honesty though it was a great time. I drove 10 hours from Iowa to attend and will do it again next year. (I have cousins in Sturgis so I made it a family trip) Out of the 4 of us, there were 12 broken or lost arrows and one broken bow (accidental dry fire). It was a lot of fun considering normal shoots in Iowa are 20 to 45 yards over flat terrain, on a mowed path. We shot the yeti course and shots averaged 45 to 65. Couple 75 yarders in the mix. We shot before we went and i was shooting fist sized groups at 80..... While I never missed on the course I will say holy hell its a entirely different ball game up there. Anyone looking to hunt the mountains or just having a big challenge, I suggest this shoot. Bring plenty of arrows and water as well. Never seen so many broken, lost or arrows stuck in trees. They make you work for it. Took us about 4 hours and we walked about 4 miles. Only water provided on the course was at shot 19 or 20 out of 25.

From: caribou77
04-Jul-20
Apparently in South Dakota Kuiu is the pack of choice.... Saw 1 exo, 1 kifaru, 2 stone glaciers and 6000 kuiu packs.

From: Treeline
04-Jul-20
Maybe... Have a bit of scouting to do...

From: Ucsdryder
04-Jul-20
Caribou, what brand of boots do I need to wear?

From: caribou77
04-Jul-20
Ha! All I saw were the meindl’s on my feet

From: PECO
04-Jul-20
I heard this year they are doing underwear check, and the brand and pattern better match. OR you will be underwear shamed.

From: Predeter
04-Jul-20
Just got back from Terry Peak. This is my 4th yr. You'll love it!

From: Brotsky
04-Jul-20

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All Kuiu all the time

From: LUNG$HOT
04-Jul-20
I’ll be at the Utah event. Unless work screws it up which is always a possibility. Should be fun. The most stressful part is definitely the outfit selection process.

From: Shaft2Long
04-Jul-20
Well, you’re gonna need a 6000cu backpack, a couple of tattoos and be sure to film yourself drinking Mountain Ops ignite on the course.

Sounds like a blast though. Enjoy.

From: Glunt@work
04-Jul-20
Looks like fun. I don't get the packs unless its considered training for elk hunting. Do you have to occasionally spend the night on the course unexpectedly or maybe be ready to quarter and pack out a moose 3D target? I usually bring a bow, some arrows and sometimes a pencil to 3D shoots.

From: t-roy
04-Jul-20
Were man buns optional this year? Had a buddy go. He said it was a blast.

From: Treeline
04-Jul-20
Well, I’ve got a 7800 cu in pack but it’s a bit blood stained and smells like elk blood... That OK? What are we packing?

The man bun ain’t an option. Maybe have to look for a man bun wig or flat brim hat I guess...

Do like KUIU pants but not the shirts so much. Can I wear a First Lite shirt and KUIU pants?

This is sounding really complex and intimidating! But if they let Brotsky in....

From: Ambush
05-Jul-20
Tavis, wear just your moccasins and the quiver thong. Nobody will notice the bun or lack thereof.

From: Ucsdryder
05-Jul-20
Lol!!!

From: Treeline
05-Jul-20
Now that could be very interesting!

From: JTreeman
05-Jul-20
So I know it’s all in good fun, and I’m certainly willing to take as much as I give. And for the record Troy I’m working on my man bun as we speak.

But this thread (and others like it) seem so confusing to me. Many of the same guys who preach recruitment, bring in the young guys, “our” sport is dying, etc, are on here bashing the young guys for coming out and supporting archery and hunting. These events do more to get new/younger guys (and lots of ladies/girls too!) out and into archery than literally 99% of the guys on this site.

So what is the problem. You don’t like how they dress? You don’t like they brand of drinks they like, the elk tats? Their hair? It sounds like to me you guys are more the problem than the total archery challenge and similar events.

Flame on, the insults are fun even if they are driving the younger guys away from Archery and Bowsite specifically.

—Jim

From: Treeline
05-Jul-20
Hell Jim,

Just a lot of back and forth fun with the guys here!

I’ve never been to one of these events and this one is pretty close to home. It sounds like fun!

I’ll try to make it down for a day or two. Rivers should be settled down so might get a little fishing in. Glad to see at least some shooting events carrying on through this Covid mess.

From: JTreeman
05-Jul-20
Travis, I totally get it, some BS banter can be fun. I’m sure I’ve given a few guys more than I should have. But I’m pretty willing to take a lot too. My point was that’s there are a lot of guys who can’t/won’t, especially new/young guys. If I lived a little closer I would meet up and buy you a drink, and have a few laughs.

Imagine this: young guy goes to TAC with his cousin, has a good time, meets cool people, wants to stick with it. Now the logical next step for most young people now is “get on the internet”. Bowsite is one of the top hits for bow hunting, they open this thread. They quickly find out that either everyone isn’t as cool as they thought, or that these guys really aren’t like me, and even worse don’t like me. Now that can totally not be the case, but I can certainly how a thread like this could be construed as such. And that is all it takes for a lot of young people now days.

I’m not knocking or defending anyone, just pointing out the other side.

—Jim

From: Glunt@work
05-Jul-20
All in fun. I'm raising a flat brimmer of my own. My Dad and I disagreed on a lot things like equipment, dress, tactics, music, haircuts, etc.. Never kept me out of the woods or dulled my desire to be in elk camp with him. Of course back then it was jeans vs surplus BDUs and .308 vs 30-06. :^)

Based on what the trailheads look like here in CO during archery, us old schoolers aren't holding the next generation back either.

From: x-man
05-Jul-20
I did not go this year but, my brother went to the SD event last week and had a blast. He's one of the leads at the archery department of Scheels so, he pretty much is expected to "dress appropriately" at these events. However, back in the day, when we were touring and winning all these type of events, we had the most fun wearing ratty old jeans and T-shirts. Out scoring the walking advertisement guys and $400 camo guys. ;)

From: Bloodtrail
05-Jul-20
Heading to the TAC in Vermont in August. Planning on wearing a t-shirt (Size SMedium of course....lol) and shorts. Looking forward to the mid-range course as I’d never want to try to lose arrows or shoot on the longer courses. Hoping to challenge myself and have fun! Anyone else going to VT?

From: Treeline
05-Jul-20
Hell, even though I shoot a longbow, I have piles of top end camouflage clothes, packs and the best optics money can buy!

Probably need to reduce that pike sometime... Just ask my wife...

Can definitely discuss pros and cons of all the major gear.

Would probably not even mess with keeping or turning in a score. Just enjoy hanging out with a bunch of bowhunters for a day or so.

No matter if they are young or old! Heck, they might even be able to teach this old dog a few new tricks!

From: x-man
05-Jul-20
I think next year I'll wear the brightest Hawaiian shirt and shorts I can find so all the Bowsiters will know who I am. Please come and say hi. :)

From: Aces11
05-Jul-20
The girlfriend and I shot the one in SD last weekend. She just moved closer to some of the targets. It was a fun time and I plan to go again next year. The only complaint I have is It took forever to shoot the course. We had a group of 7 people a couple groups ahead of us and it was holding everyone up.

From: Native Okie
05-Jul-20
I’ve shot the last two years in Utah and have had a great time at both. Like any other event you go to, it’s a mixed bag of people (flatbills, advertisers, you tube celebs, the avg joe). I will say everyone seems to enjoy themselves and you meet people from all over the country. A lot of young kids and new archers go and shoot the kids or locals course. It’s really an event for anyone. Are there egos there? For sure but no more than any other 3D shoot I’ve been to. It’s not a competition shoot, it’s strictly a fun shoot. Good opportunity to network and get deals on gear as well. The man and wife that run it do an exceptional job and are very nice people who just love archery. Some of the shots will test the best of the best and like others said, you can shoot where you want.

From: Native Okie
05-Jul-20

From: Ucsdryder
05-Jul-20
Jtree, I don’t think we have to worry about new archer recruitment out west!

It’s all in good fun. I’ve been wanting to do it for a few years, just didn’t want to travel 10 hours to the nearest one. I’ll take some pictures and post them up.

Tavis, there is a strict no stick bow rule. You can’t come! ;)

From: Treeline
05-Jul-20
Hell, I’ll just come and hang out, then!

Missing the summer 3-d gatherings and being around like minded people....

I have gone to my favorite shoot and spent the whole time working in the kitchen just BSing with everyone!

From: Brotsky
05-Jul-20
Just so you guys know, I wore Kuiu pants and a Sitka T-shirt the first year I went. They let me come back so it’s probably OK! :) This would be a great opportunity to get a bunch of Bowsiters together for a shoot, tell lies, and stay hydrated. Really want to do the event at Big Sky.

From: Ucsdryder
05-Jul-20
Brotsky I agree. Maybe next year. The good times sell out quickly. Maybe get a couple groups and go shoot!

From: JTreeman
05-Jul-20
Brotsky, I had a group of 5 of us for the PA shoot this year (all BS guys), but the Covid messed that all up, they rescheduled but I’ll be in AK hunting Dall sheep, so that made that choice easy ;)

Their reservation system can be pretty frustrating and times go quick. It really makes it hard to get a group together so far ahead and kinda stay organized. And as mentioned above, the courses can go kinda slow sometimes, Seems to be the most common complaint. Groups are supposed to be 5 max, but that doesn’t always happen.

All in all a good time and I’m kinda sad to be missing it this year.

—Jim

From: Brotsky
05-Jul-20
The easiest way is to have one guy just book the nock times and registrations and then everyone pay him. Good times sell out damn fast. Since they went to that system though it is a far cry better than the “old days”. Those were some LONG waits.

From: caribou77
05-Jul-20

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One of the many porcupine trees you will encounter. This one on the yeti course. 50 yards across the open chute. Wind blowing down hill at 90 degrees. Only 5” of target showing between two trees. A LOT of broken arrows around this target.

From: Treeline
05-Jul-20
So, looking at the info online, do you get a “nock time” for one range and only get to shoot one range or can you shoot all of the ranges?

From: Predeter
05-Jul-20
Caribou 77, my buddy just caught the edge of that tree where it had already been shot up. Arrow split the wood and was sunk in the 12! Arrow was undamaged and he tried to play it off like that was his intention. I let him put a 12 on his score card,lol!

From: caribou77
05-Jul-20
Joe I have to admit I caught a tiny bit of the tree myself. Luckily I landed perfect as well and my arrow was in good shape.

From: caribou77
05-Jul-20
Treeline, you sign up for a "nock time" and then from 1pm to 4 pm its an open shoot. You can shoot any course you want. Not sure what prime times are but 5 am would be perfect to me. We shot at 11:30 and while we only waited on the last 6 targets...it was HOT out. I feel groups of more than 4 should not be allowed. Just like golf they hold up everyone behind them, But thats just my opinion.

From: Treeline
05-Jul-20
5:00 is light enough to get started now and the temperature would be perfect! 1-4 is gonna be warm....

Need to do this up at Ski Cooper near Leadville at +11K this time of year...

From: Ucsdryder
05-Jul-20
I just looked at weather in glenwood. I always forget how stinking hot it is there during the summer! It’s going to be a warm day...

From: Scoot
05-Jul-20
I call BS! Brotsky owning a Sitka shirt-- no chance! Wearing one in public? No way in heck!!!

From: Beav
06-Jul-20
I attended this year at Lead,SD for the first time. I will never miss again! It was very challenging but enjoyable. I even cooked a bunch of bighead for some flat brimmers on that Friday night. Found out I had more in common with them than I thought! ;)

From: Scoot
06-Jul-20
Beav, what logo will your first flatbrim be sporting??? :)

From: Brotsky
06-Jul-20

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Scoot, I’ll let Beav borrow mine to see if they grow on him.

From: Scoot
06-Jul-20
Oooooooohhh... nice! I'm jealous!

From: Treeline
06-Jul-20
Beav, you coming out here to Colorado this week?

From: Beav
06-Jul-20
No I have other commitments but my son was wanting to go. Thinking about it next year. Scoot, Brotsky beat me to it! Hopefully they are looking for other pro-staffers.

From: Scoot
06-Jul-20
I'm currently working on the Coors Light pro-staff, but like some other bowsiters, I can be bought off and am happy to jump ship! I do have a side gig that I simply can't give up though- don't mean to brag, but I'm a bit of a Fireball guru. Technically I still have my amateur status, but I'm working on going pro.

From: Ucsdryder
10-Jul-20
2 days and counting. Went and shot this morning early for the first time in a week. God I was awful. Worst shooting I’ve done in 5 months since setting up the bow.

I did take 3 shots with Broadheads at 60 yards, single volley groups, and with my 125gr german kinetic xl, all 3 holes were within 3”. 4” low, which might have just been from the surface resistance.

From: Treeline
10-Jul-20
Gonna miss it this go. Wife has an event on Sunday so got axed for the event.

I would be extremely proud of that kind of shooting UCS! Way outside my range!!! Still need a lot of hard work, time and a little luck to get into range from 60 for me!

From: Ucsdryder
10-Jul-20
That’s because you have a string attached to a tree branch!

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jul-20
Just got home. What a great time! I HIGHLY recommend going next year. So much fun! Ended up shooting the prime course, closest shot was 27 yards, kneeling to get under the trees, longest shot was 104 on a goat and 102 on a moose. I shot a 208, not sure what that means because I don’t have anything to compare it to. Best part, I didn’t miss any targets and came home with all my arrows!

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jul-20

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Got dumped on the last 5 minutes! Weather was amazing!
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Got dumped on the last 5 minutes! Weather was amazing!

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jul-20

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The arrow companies are going to be busy with orders next week!
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The arrow companies are going to be busy with orders next week!

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jul-20

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My buddy shot it in the neck then the horn and thought it would be funny to point to my arrow! 102.5 yards
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My buddy shot it in the neck then the horn and thought it would be funny to point to my arrow! 102.5 yards

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jul-20

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Wolf! I believe he was about 65 yards.
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Wolf! I believe he was about 65 yards.

From: Ucsdryder
12-Jul-20

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Bedded ram under the trees.
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Bedded ram under the trees.

From: Pop-r
13-Jul-20
In the 12 is in the 12 I figure.

From: Treeline
13-Jul-20
Looks like a lot of fun! Hope to make it to one of those. What kind of vendors were there?

From: Ucsdryder
13-Jul-20

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I need a backyard like this.
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I need a backyard like this.
Kifaru, pse, nock on, rmef, badass gear, sheepfit insoles, mtn ops, probably a couple more I can’t think of off the top of my head. Not a lot of vendors. Not sure if it was Covid related or because it was Sunday, or maybe just not a ton of vendors participate.

From: Brotsky
13-Jul-20
Vendors vary slightly by the event locale as some are more local than others. This is the first time the event was in this location as I understand it, that may have also played a role in lower attendance from vendors.

From: JTreeman
13-Jul-20
The vendor area in Park City was pretty impressive IMO. As other said I suspect it varies by location.

—Jim

From: Ucsdryder
13-Jul-20
I’m already looking forward to next year. Going to camp and hit it up a couple days. The courses are very different from the sounds of it.

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