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World-Class Archers to Compete in Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Competition

Mark Herring Jr.From Buckmasters Online

Photo: Mark Herring Jr. of Diamond, Ohio, beat Top Bow veteran Donald Bishop 182-129 in the final round of the 2007 Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor qualifier held in Columbia, S.C.

Sixty world-class archers will compete in the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor qualifier March 28-30, in Columbia, S.C. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2008 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.

The top 24 archers here qualify to join 24 others, who will qualify in Birmingham, Ala., July 18-20, to compete for the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship Aug. 15-17, in Montgomery, Ala., as part of the annual Buckmasters Expo.

This unique 3-D, computerized target shoot provides archers with simulated hunting conditions, including life-size deer replicas, that move at speeds similar to real deer. Others pop up behind shrubs or other woodland structure at varying times, much as live animals do in the wild. The competition stresses skill, ethical hunting and safety.

Each competitor shoots from a treestand about four feet above the floor. The competitors must first spot the target when it appears -- not always an easy thing to do. Their arrows must then hit 8x10 inch or 6x8 inch sensors on each target.

Participants in rounds 1-3 get 10 shots per round, ranging from 10 to 60 yards. Those archers who qualify for rounds 4-7 get 12 shots per round. The duration that targets remain visible varies. Smaller targets at closer ranges may be visible a few seconds and score fewer points if hit. Larger targets appear at greater distances, remain visible slightly longer, and offer higher scores.

Contestants typically use compound bows and may have one maximum stabilizer of 12 inches. Lighted sight pins or any commercially produced auxiliary sight lighting devices are allowed. Scoped sights or laser sights are not allowed.

Jackie Bushman, Buckmasters founder, CEO and star of the Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine TV series, will emcee the final round. The pre-show for the finals begins at 11 a.m. and the awards ceremony will follow the final round of competition.

The champion will receive a Yamaha Grizzly ATV valued at $4,199 and $2,000 in cash.

Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Competition Schedule of Events
Columbia, S.C., South Carolina State Fairgrounds, March 28-30, 2008

Round 1
Friday, March 28: 2 p.m.-7p.m.

Round 2
Saturday, March 29: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Round 3
Saturday, March 29: 2:45-6 p.m.

Round 4 - Top 16
Sunday, March 30: 11:15 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Round 5 - Quarter Finals
Sunday, March 30: 1:15-2 p.m.

Round 6 - Semi-Finals
Sunday, March 30: 2:15-2:50 p.m.

Round 7 - Finals and Awards Ceremony
Sunday, March 30: 3-3:15 p.m.

Sponsors of the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Qualifier are:
Yamaha, Chevrolet, Realtree, Remington, Federal Ammunition, Nikon, Mission Archery, Whitewater, Scent-Lok, Easton, Tink's, Morrell Archery, 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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