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

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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.

My first time in the field

I’m just back from the State of Maine National Field Archery Association championship held at Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth and also my first archery competition ever and I won my class!

The reality check though is that I was the only traditional shooter and the only person in my class, so it was a gimme, I’m still thrilled and happy about it though, and I felt like I shot well for a beginner field archer. (258 in the traditional class)

The highlight of the day though was that I got to shoot with Laird, who’s been involved with archery since the 60’s. He was a good companion and archer, shared some good insights and made it a very pleasant way to spend most of a day. Here are some pics:

This is Laird at 60 plus yards, I can see that the signmarker just ahead of him marks 64 yards

Here is a competitor, shooting the bunny hop which consists of targets at 35, 30, 25, 20 feet, a little trickier than one would think.

Me  at 50 yards.

The shoot was split into two parts 14 field targets and 14 hunter targets for a total round of 28 targets. The hunter targets differ from the field targets in that they are all black with a white center, like the ones below. The hunter round is also different in that you shoot uneven distances and there is a greater variety of distances.

Laird’s neat compound shooting on the right and my not as neat shooting on the left.

After the shoot everyone tallied their scores and Steve from Lakeside gave out awards.

This is what the award looks like:

NFAA medal, sticker and patch

I had a great day walking and shooting in good company, had a terrific introduction to field archery and I had a win, even if it was just me. I am also thankful to the organizers Pam Gallant, Brenda Cousins and Steve Dunsmoor from Lakeside Archery for putting it all together.

Can’t wait to do it again!

J.O.A.D.

The kids shoot in the local archery JOAD  (Junior Olympic Archery Development) program at Lakeside Archery in Yarmouth here in Maine. Steve Dunsmoor who runs the program does a great job of keeping it fun for the kids and takes a no pressure approach to teaching them. They practice archery with other kids their age, which I think helps as they can see that not everyone shoots perfect all the time, they get to share their success and their challenges, as they learn the sport.

Dakota shooting a compound bow at 20 yards in the indoor range at Lakeside Archery.

Shooting downrange

The kids shoot both recurve and compound bows, below is Alistair shooting a recurve bow.

Shooting a recurve bow at 10 yards

Every 3 weeks the kids get to qualify and have the opportunity to move up a level, when they do they are given certificate which they can present at any other JOAD program and not have to start again from zero. They are also given a JOAD star pin, most kids wear their pins proudly on their quivers or somewhere on their gear.

JOAD Star Pins

They can progress up through the levels all the way to the Olympic recurve team. I think that JOAD has been great for our kids, it is a solo endeavor where in some sense you compete against yourself, yet they are in a group atmosphere with their peers, so they’re in it together. There are JOAD programs all over the country, many archery pro shops/ranges have them or will know where to go.