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Locals Compete In Bow Hunting Competition – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 3/29/2021 at 4:18pm

Fredric Hill competes in the 3-D archery membership drive. (Courtesy Photos by David Whitmire)

On March 20, the N.C. Bowhunters Association (NCBA) held its District 9, 3-D archery membership-drive shoot. The event was held at the Headwaters Outfitters Hannah Ford Outpost. The course was set up in an arena-style shoot, with 10 targets and a 20-arrow round. The youngest archer was 3, and the oldest was 83, proving archery can be a lifetime sport. Just like in hunting, weather can play an important role in 3-D tournaments. The March 20th weather was windy and chilly, making the shots even more difficult. Archers had several classes to choose from, depending on age and whether it was traditional or compound bows. Twenty archers shot the tournament and received a one-year membership to the NCBA.

Listed below are the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners in their class:

Men's Bowhunter: 1st, JT Linville; 2nd, Casey Owen; and 3rd, Thor Jones. Young Adult: 1st, Ben Weaver; Youth: 1st, Haden Serres; Cub: 1st; Zeb Owen; and 2nd, Aria Serres; Pee Wee: 1st Sunny Serres.

The 3-D archery tournaments are popular in Western North Carolina (WNC).

On most weekends, January through August, tournaments can be found under a couple hours of driving. These are mainly regional competitions held by local archery clubs. The Western North Carolina Archery Circuit has a long history of providing the platform for local clubs to rotate tournaments throughout WNC and upstate South Carolina.

The sport of 3-D archery is also a nationally sanctioned sport. The greatest of all time professionally in the sport is Transylvania County's born and raised, Levi Morgan.

Levi's past national and world title accomplishments, along with his continued success in the sport, will be hard to match. If you do not want to compete, you can just do a fun round and enjoy shooting your bow on a 3-D course, which is much like golf but with a bow and arrow.

The past year was a challenge for almost everyone. For conservation groups who often use banquets and other large events as major fundraisers, it was a nightmare. This dynamic was felt from national, state and local organizations.

Formed in 1975, NCBA is one of the older state sporting organizations. Two of its larger annual fund-raising events – its annual banquet and participation in the Dixie Deer Classic – are canceled. The Dixie Deer Classic is one of the oldest and largest sporting shows in the South. Often 10 percent to 20 percent of the total NCBA membership is renewed or signed up at the Classic alone.

As different groups cut back or changed their fundraising models to meet the need, NCBA looked for creative ways, such the 3-D tournament, to supplement its needs. Keeping members engaged and funding conservation is a win-win. Keep in mind those conservation groups who you belong or have belonged to. Often, we forget how much these groups work for conservation, heritage, instruction and other tasks. That renewal or donation may be very much needed to get them by until the past models can once again work.

Zeb Owen – First Place Cub.

The work many of these nonprofits do for their sport and conservation is a key part to our state's wildlife programs. Without that collaboration, a big hole can be left.

Thanks to all who attended and those who shot at the tournament. Transylvania County has some good archers and one GOAT (greatest of all time)!

(Whitmire is co-owner of Headwaters Outfitters and is actively involved in local conservation efforts, such as the French Broad River cleanup and wildlife rehabilitation programs. He is also chair of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council.)


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