By Daniel Dye
Sixty archers are set take on the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor course in Birmingham, Ala., where the champion will take home a Yamaha Grizzly ATV valued at $4,199 and $2,000 in cash. The top 24 archers will qualify to compete in the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship Aug. 15-17 in Montgomery, Ala.
-- BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Sixty world-class archers will compete in the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor qualifier July 18-20, in Birmingham, Ala. The event will be held in conjunction with the 25th Annual World Deer and Turkey Expo at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
The top 24 archers qualify to join 24 others, who qualified in Columbia, S.C., March 28-30, to compete for the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship Aug. 15-17, in Montgomery, Ala., during the annual Buckmasters Expo.
"I'm just as excited as everyone else to watch the competitors take on the Buckmasters Top Bow course," said Jackie Bushman, Buckmasters founder and CEO. "The audience will have a great opportunity to see what some of the country's best archers can do when the pressure's on."
The champion will receive a Yamaha Grizzly ATV valued at $4,199 and $2,000 in cash.
Bushman, who hosts the popular "Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine TV" series and "The Jackie Bushman Show," will emcee the final round on Sunday. The pre-show for the finals will begin at 10 a.m., and the awards ceremony will follow the final round of competition.
In its 18th year, the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship is an indoor archery tournament designed to simulate hunting. 3-D targets pop up throughout the course, and the archers must make a vitals hit (in the form of a small metal pad) to knock the target down.
Some of the targets move, and the shooter must always be on guard to shoot only bucks; does will subtract points from the shooter's score. Shots range anywhere from 20 to 60 yards, and the course changes between each round.
Add in the crowd and pressure -- the Top Bow tournament is the highest-paying tournament anywhere -- and this is one archery shoot that causes more butterflies than a 200-inch trophy buck in the woods.
The archers who qualified earlier in the year for next month's Buckmasters world championship are: James Akins, Ft. Payne, Ala.; Alex Ballenger, Shelby, N.C.; Jason Ballou, Del Rio, Texas; Randy Barley, Brown Summit, N.C.; Chris Berry, Sarcoxie, Mo.; Dusty Bishop, Arden, N.C.; Tom Boatwright, Perdido, Ala.; Bubba Browder, Ft. Payne, Ala.; Keith Brown, Greensboro, N.C.; Brian Clarke, Traverse City, Mich.; Brian Dansby, Hamilton, Ga.; Josh Deering, Maple City, Mich.; Gene Goddard, Brighton, Iowa; Randy Hendrix, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Dale Howington, Buford, Ga.; Clyde Huckeba, Oxford, Ala.; Jeff Johnston, Dodgeville, Wis.; Tyron McDonald, Cottageville, S.C.; Rusty Moore, Gibsonville, N.C.; Jeremy Odom, Bay Minette, Ala.; Tom Pruitt, Stotts City, Mo.; Bryan Reeves, Summerdale, Ala.; Rod White, Lockridge, Iowa; Robby Workman, Hector, Ark.
Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Competition Schedule of Events
Birmingham, Ala., Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, July 18-20
Friday, July 18: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, July 19: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19: 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Round 4 - Top 16
Sunday, July 20: 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Round 5 - Quarter Finals
Sunday, July 20: 12:15 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
Round 6 - Semi-Finals
Sunday, July 20: 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Round 7 - Finals and Awards Ceremony
Sunday, July 20: 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sponsors of the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Competition are:
Yamaha, Chevrolet, Realtree, Remington, Federal Ammunition, Nikon, Mission Archery, Whitewater, Scent-Lok, Easton, Tink's, Morrell Manufacturing, American Pioneer Powder, Streamlight, Toxonics, NAPA, Primos Hunting Calls, Pennington Seed, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, American Broadhead Company, U.S. Army, John Marshall Design, Hoppe's, Outdoor Channel
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