Khatuna Lorig Workshop

Khatuna Lorig will be at Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth, Maine November 21st, 22nd and the 23rd. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise, I am signed up and thrilled to have the opportunity to attend!

KhatunaLorig2013BackShotKhatuna Lorig is a 5 time Olympian, a bronze medalist, and to boot an expert archery coach. I’ve signed up for her seminar on Friday night, and her workshop on Sunday.

Her Friday night seminar has the option of a trip to the movies to see the latest installment of the Hunger Games – Mockingjay, where former student, Jennifer Lawrence, will dazzle us with, exploding arrows, and more in her battle with the capitol.

I hear that there are still  a few seats open to Khatuna’s workshops and seminar, the opportunity to learn from a talent like Khatuna Lorig doesn’t come along every day, I would encourage all you archers out there to come out and get a chance to learn from one of the most experienced archers on the planet. You can find out more by calling Lakeside Archery at 207-829-6213.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • Archery Seminar  –  Friday November 21st 6:00 – 7:30 PM – 90 minutes

This informative seminar includes discussion about technique, shot process, mental game, mindset, experience in 5 Olympics, training, and questions & answers. Recurve and compound archers are encouraged to attend.  Archery Seminar  – $30 per person, Archery Seminar & Movie  – $50 per person

  • Elite & Coaches Workshop  –  Saturday November 22nd 10am-1pm
  • Beginner Workshop  –  Saturday November 22nd 3pm-6pm
  • JOAD, Advanced Archers & Coaches Workshop  –  Sunday November 23rd 10am-6pm

You can see a flyer and full description by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

I’m back

Some weeks ago I shot in the Maine State indoor Championship and did terrible. Shot one of my lowest scores in competition ever. I had all sorts of things go wrong. I couldn’t pull through the clicker consistently, I ran out of time with an arrow to shoot, I shot through the clicker, I dropped an arrow on the floor ahead of me and forgot to re-shoot it, you name it I did it.

Pro-shooter, Dave Cousins who was shooting a couple lanes from me was probably wondering “who let this guy in..”

Dave Cousins

Dave Cousins who shot a clean 300 – 60 x’s

I mean it really all went wrong, and it sounds bad but actually it was perfect. I was beaming and proud of having entered and shot the championship.

Archers on the line at Lakeside Archery

Archers on the line at Lakeside Archery

You see, I hadn’t shot a bow for nearly 6 months, because I’d hurt my shoulder, specifically my rotator cuff, I didn’t tear it but as the physical therapist put it I “impinged it”.

A few weeks prior I had picked my bow back up along with a new pair of ultra-light 14 pound limbs (16 lbs at my draw) and half a dozen skinny 2000 spine arrows (Carbon Express Medallion-XR’s).

The state championship was conveniently 3 weeks away so it gave me an ideal goal. I didn’t pre-register, I just made a deal with myself that If I felt I was up for it I’d shoot it as a walk-in, If I didn’t think I could handle it I’d go as a spectator.

I spent two weeks re-learning correct and safe form at a bale to prevent re-injuring myself. I also spent time with a physical therapist, a Formaster and a new daily routine strengthening my shoulder and back with stretch bands and 5 pound weights.

Scoring

One week before the tournament I switched to practicing on target. My bow was out of tune, as I really needed to crank it up an extra pound to get my arrows flying right but I didn’t dare go up in weight, so with my setup untuned I practiced on. Practiced every chance I got, by the end of the week I was feeling confident that I might have a chance against some of the eight year olds so with that bit of confidence I entered.

As already mentioned my score was poor but my heart and pride are full. Stepping up to the line had far more to do with creating a new beginning for myself than it did my performance, because, this is just a start, I now have an opportunity for a lot more archery and a strong and secure feeling that I’m back.

C.

 

Charlie Weinstein – Junior World Champ

I walked into Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth, Maine on Saturday to find Charlie Weinstein just back from competing at the World Archery Indoor Championship in Nimes, France. The range was decorated with a big banner welcoming him back, there were large pictures of him around the range and a party to celebrate his achievement.

Left to right - Charlie Weinstein,

Charlie Weinstein on the left with teammates, Dillon McGeorge and Bridger Deaton

Charlie and his teammates, Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa) and Dillon McGeorge (Loganville, Georgia) formed the compound junior men’s team representing the US. Their dead solid win in the finals against Italy (233 -221) earned them the gold.

I hear those arrows were made from Hershey Kisses!

I hear those arrows were made from Hershey Kisses!

I’ve been coming to Lakeside Archery for some time now and Charlie is always there, he has tremendous commitment to the sport and is fortunate to also have tremendous commitment from his parents, his extended family, the archery community and Lakeside Archery.

Me and Charlie Weinstein, Charlie is holding his gold medal.

Me and Charlie Weinstein, Charlie is holding his gold medal.

While there I spoke with his father David, also an archer, who was waiting for a stop in the action to get a picture of both of them at full draw, obviously proud of his son. I also spoke with his mother Marianne who told me just how good this had been for Charlie’s confidence.

Charlie and his mom

Charlie and his mom, Marianne

I gave this some thought and really what could be better for a young person than to see their dedication, years of practice and constant honing pay off. The experience as a whole seems to provide a positive foundation to achieve future goals and meet life’s challenges. Valuable indeed.

I’ve included the video of Charlie and his teammates competing for the gold in the final round against Italy, find it below:

Congratulations on your achievements Charlie!

Spigarelli Barebow

My Christmas present this year was a Spigarelli Barebow riser. I ordered it through my local shop, Lakeside Archery and got lucky with a 3 week turnaround. (These risers have been back ordered and have been a bit difficult to get)

I will write a detailed review on the bow a little later once I’ve really gotten a chance to use it. I can however tell you that it is well balanced, steady in hand and a sweet shooter. It feels great.

See some pics below:

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Visit your local Archery Pro Shop – Guest entry

This was written by Steve Dunsmoor owner of Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth, Maine.

VISIT YOUR LOCAL ARCHERY PRO SHOP

101_0398At one point in time, before the internet, if you wanted to purchase new archery equipment you had to drive to your local Archery Pro Shop, physically pick out an item and talk to the person behind the counter or you had to mail order.  You remember……the OLD DAYS! You go in planning  to purchase an arrow rest or that sight you just can’t live without, but you can’t help yourself and before you know it you’re looking at lighted nocks and stabilizers, and don’t forget the manufacturer’s catalog for your favorite bow.  A trip to the local Archery Pro Shop was the equivalent of a child going to the toy/candy store.

Today many archers turn to the Internet to make their purchases because it is more convenient; just a few clicks of the mouse and UPS shows up with your pro_shopnew bow or accessories.  Yes, we can all agree that there is an element of shopping online that is very appealing.  People are busier today than ever before and with the added expense of gasoline and increased traffic, shopping online definitely has its advantages. But what are you missing?

Visiting the local Archery Pro Shop is the equivalent to stopping at the bar “Cheers”, where everybody eventually gets to know your name.  A quick shopping trip can quickly turn into a couple hours as you shoot the breeze, with the Archery Pro Shop employees and fellow customers.  As you walk around the Pro-Shop you can look, touch and feel all the latest equipment, bows, accessories and more.  That bow looks much nicer in person than it does on a website; I’m sure the Pro Shop owner will let you try it out.  WOW!!  Try that on the internet or at a box store; it feels much better when it is actually in your hands, as compared to trying to envision how it will feel from a photograph.

101_0401Perhaps you’re trying to modify, upgrade or repair your bow. You can bring your bow to the Archery Pro Shop and check out the repair options and see what components will work best.  Perhaps you’re looking for a new mechanical release and the Archery Pro Shop owner is nice enough to allow you to take one out of the package so you can try it out.  Working with your local Archery Pro Shop can take much of the guess work out of your purchase decisions.

Maybe something broke during your last league night or at a 3D shoot, a quick trip to the Archery Pro Shop can get the parts you need to fix your bow and get you back in the field for the rest of the week.  When it comes to my archery equipment, I tend to be on the picky side and will drive over an hour to the Archery Pro Shop that has the part and can do the repair rather than waiting.

imagesOne of the most important things that you can find at an Archery Pro Shop is knowledge. The people in Archery Pro Shops, in many cases do this fulltime.  As such they’re exposed to a lot of trouble- shooting for customers, as well as new products, and can be privy to many new solutions and techniques available.

The bottom line is that even if you shop online; don’t deprive yourself of the experience of patronizing your local Archery Pro Shop.  They will appreciate your business and you will Lesson 10find a plethora of knowledge there as well as the potential for making new friends and future archery buddies.  Archery Pro Shops offer a list of opportunities that just are not available anywhere else, including certified coaching and instruction.  Archery Pro Shop owners have more competition now than ever before and trust me when I say that they will be happy to see you in their store.

Steve Dunsmoor NAA/NFAA Level IV Coach     Owner: LAKESIDE ARCHERY

www.lakesidearchery.com    Email:lakesidearchery@gmail.com   Phone 207-829-6213

Steve Dunsmoor – Lakeside Archery

I got to the Sunday shoot at Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth, Maine early. It was snowing and nobody else had arrived yet, although it looked like someone had already been up and plowed the long driveway to the range.

I stepped out and walked into the range, there was Steve Dunsmoor, the owner of Lakeside archery numbering scorecards with lane assignments. The range was neat, clean and organized, the practice targets were up and everything was ready for the day’s competition.

Steve Dunsmoor owner of Lakeside Archery, scorecards in hand and ready for the upcoming shoot.

Steve Dunsmoor owner of Lakeside Archery, scorecards in hand and ready for the upcoming shoot.

Steve is a pretty dedicated guy and provides Maine archers not only his services as a level 4 coach and proshop owner but also a heck of an archery facility. With a 16 lane indoor range, an outdoor range out to 80 yards, and a full fledged 3D and  field course. There isn’t another facility like his in the state, very likely there aren’t too many in New England.

Having great facilities is not the end though, Steve also runs a very active JOAD program, league nights, hunting safety courses, is a Maine tagging station and hosts a variety of archery competitions at his facility.

Did I mention how helpful Steve can be??

Steve always seems to have Allen wrenches in his pocket to help somebody out with, or a suggestion, kindly put, often in the form of an example or a small story that illustrates the point and leaves you a better archer. I for one have benefited from many of his golden nuggets.

You can find Steve and Lakeside Archery at:

55 Cumberland Road, North Yarmouth, in Maine.  Phone:(207) 829-6213

Some of the upcoming events at Lakeside Archery are:

  • 2013 3rd Annual Lakeside Archery Amateur Classic  –  (3rd Leg of MAA Triple Crown Event)  January 27, 2013  9:00AM

  • 2013 2nd Annual Lakeside Archery Traditional Classic. March 17, 2013 9:00AM – All you trad guys and gals this is your chance to compete!

I’ll be at the Traditional Classic, I hope to see you there!

20 yards

I shot my first indoor competitive event this past Sunday.

Days prior I was fletching new arrows for the indoor season. I was switching from fast light arrows to long heavy slow arrows. My goal with heavier arrows was to get my point of aim higher, particularly since I am comfortable with and somewhat attached to a low anchor. (A high anchor raises your point of aim, which is why it is often favored by traditional shooters not using aiming devices, as it places the arrow beneath your eye and for many that is a plus)

I got a chance to practice with my new setup on Friday before work and Saturday amidst family events, friends, hunting and the like,  enough to feel comfortable entering the “Shooter of the year” indoor session at Lakeside Archery on Sunday. This is a weekly event with a rotating location (range/pro shop). It runs through February and is sponsored by the Maine Archery Association under NFAA rules (National Field Archery Association).

Archers on the line. 4 minutes, 5 arrows, 20 yards.

I’ve done very little competition and so when we got called up to the line I found myself a bit jittery and had a bad release almost right off where I put an arrow outside of the target, I definitely felt discouraged for a moment, fortunately for me the first two ends were practice ends and I managed to settle down and get to the business of focusing on the target. Looking back on it I am amazed at how things change from one minute to the next, I was there early practicing shooting the same distance, same place, same bow, same arrows and the minute it became the “Official” competition it threw me a mental curve. On the plus side I had been strict about not doing any scoring during practice as I didn’t want  to go in  with any expectations, this worked as I did not feel the pressure of trying to reach or surpass a certain score.

I was also schooled by fellow archers in the art of scoring, with a caller and and double scoring for each person. I was one of the scorers, I did however see how it can so easily get confusing as a fellow scorer had some uncertainty with two cards at one point and had to make some corrections between archers, the potential for mistakes definitely exists.

Scoring targets at the Lakeside Archery range

In the end I shot 212 with 6 X’s in the recurve barebow division (no sights).  I am satisfied with that score. I will continue to hone, practice get used to the new arrows, work on my release, get used to competition and hopefully that will turn into improved scores although I dare not count on it as I would like to keep the expectations out of the picture as much as possible.

Lastly I wanted to mention that the folks involved in this weekly pursuit that I’ve met so far, all answered my questions, were friendly, and supportive. It seems an interesting group with families, moms, kids, teenagers, seniors, truly a varied bunch brought together by the love of this discipline, also thanks to Trey Tankersley for taking pictures to post to this blog.