Poll: Shooting Broadheads Rule for 2022
In Main Campsite
Dec 30, 2021
Hmm... I don't hunt, but I enjoy competition. I enjoy shooting TAS, and have done so since the first competition event. So, my input about the event as being a "bow hunting" event can be taken with a grain of salt, I suppose. Here are some of my random thoughts.... 1) What is a "broad head" for the competition? I am torn, for example, between shooting the absolute widest head I can find (and thereby give me a greater cut line to score higher) and the thinest expandable (to give better flight). In my experience shooting both TAS and IBO (and state competitions), competitions are won or lost by the smallest of margins -- five or seven points difference across 40 targets can mean the difference between first place and fourth place (trust me on that...), ten or twelve points can put you ten places back. 2) Two or three blade? If you slip a two blade into the target so it doesn't cut the higher point line, how do you score that? I would certainly consider a three blade to improve my chances of cutting the line, for example. I don't shoot broad head competitions, but there may already be a way to manage that judging, however. 3) If the shoot-off uses broad heads because it is a bowhunter competition, shouldn't ALL the targets test bowhunters' skills equally, too? 4) If it is a bow hunter competition, then should there also be some limits on all the equipment? I shoot a competition longbow rig, but I suspect that IF I hunted, I might use something different (less mass weight, shorter, etc.). Someone above mentioned the current USA pissing-match, but agree or not with the changes, is that re-definition valuable for TAS to consider? (Perhaps, if for no other reason than to remind us all that it is never a good idea to shove a butter knife into an outlet...) 5) I shoot many, many club courses each season -- like maybe 20 a year outdoor, plus 6-8 indoor. The best ones, the ones I enjoy the most, are set up as "hunter" courses. My point is that I believe that the "hunting" element of the competition comes from challenges of the shot primarily, and less about the arrow point. If you can slip a shaft with a field point successfully through the junk on a course, doesn't that already say something about your skill as a bow hunter? I have enjoyed the TAS events over the years, for the competition and because I have the opportunity to shoot with, and hang-out with, a community of archers who take the game pretty seriously. I voted against the change, but whatever you decide I will support it and figure out something so that I can continue to attend and be ready for the chance to participate in the shoot off. But will everybody who might otherwise attend continue with a new rule change ? I honestly don't know. I don't mean to sound arrogant or dismissive by this comment, but the best shooters over the years will likely attend anyway because only three of all the participants will end up in the shoot-off, so maybe a broad head shoot-off won't matter much to many people after all. I, and my homies probably, will continue to attend no matter what you decide. I think it is important to constantly keep the event fresh, and the shoot-off format was a unique and pretty cool innovation. Keep us all posted. Happy New Year to all -- remember all your good times of the past year and look forward to more! Best, Eric (aka Trillium).