Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Burnaby Flatfield 3D Shoot // September

This past weekend Steve and I headed out to the Burnaby Flatfield 3D shoot held by Burnaby Archers.  The Flatfield 3D was held at the Kensington field (near Deer Lake).  We had great weather and got to shoot along side many others from our club (Semiahmoo Archers) throughout the day.

I had the chance to shoot the Bowtech S.W.A.T. (it's actually Steve's hunting bow... but he set it up for me!) and this was the first time shooting it in a 3D.   I did better than expected and had a lot of fun even though I still am trying to get used to shooting with the wrist release (T.R.U. Ball Assassin).

Big thanks to Burnaby Archers for organizing, setting up and hosting the event.  We had a blast!  Here's a few photos from Sunday...

Steve Flaming
Ken and Kayla
Steve Flaming
A bunch of us ordered pizza and ate it out on the field for lunch! :)  
Taking a photo with Ken's Pinwheel X!
Steve Flaming
Semiahmoo Archers cleaned it up at the Burnaby Flatfield 3D!
We ALL placed and won ribbons in our categories.
L to R: Wyatt (1st place), Kayla (1st place), Ken (3rd place), Amilya (2nd place), Shawn (2nd place), Cecilia (1st place), Steve (3rd place), Paul (1st place)
Semiahmoo Archers that came out to the Burnaby Shoot!

All photos taken with Nikon COOLPIX AW130

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September Long Weekend // Practice

This past long weekend we ended up staying home (instead of camping/hunting).  With work and other commitments, it didn't quite work out for us to get away, but we did manage to enjoy the weekend, relax and squeezed in some practice time at the outdoor range.

I though my search for a hunting bow was done... but it ended in failure this past week. :)  I thought I had found one ready to go with the correct draw length and poundage... only to find that I was shipped one that was 60-70 pounds... and not 50-60.  Yikes! :)  Looks like the seller didn't really know the actual poundage of his bow and even after double checking and confirming, he unfortunately was incorrect.  So the bow won't work out for me.  (But Steve had some fun playing around with it!  Apparently it's wicked fast and a bit scary. haha).

PS.  If you are ever selling a bow online - make sure you know all the specs and that they are correct! (to avoid my situation).  If you're not sure, take it to a local bow shop and they'll help you figure out exactly what the specs are (#'s and DL).  The more information you know, the easier time you'll have selling the bow and less hassle for the buyer should it arrive not as expected.  And if you're a buyer - one key thing is to ask for photos of the limbs, cams and stickers... that way you start to have an idea of #'s and DL just incase!  :)  

Meanwhile... my husband, Steve set up his Bowtech S.W.A.T. for me!  He brought down the poundage, shortened the draw length and I was able to practice with a "hunting" set up over the weekend so I can get used to shooting a shorter stabilizer and using a wrist release.  

Here's some photos of us practicing.  Steve's shooting his Mathews Conquest 4 (target bow) and I'm shooting Steve's (temporarily mine?) Bowtech S.W.A.T.

Steve Flaming - Mathews Conquest 4
Cecilia Flaming - Bowtech S.W.A.T.
Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club's outdoor archery range
Cecilia Flaming
Steve Flaming
All photos taken with Nikon COOLPIX AW130

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hoyt Contender Elite // "New" Used Bow

Steve recently purchased a used 2010 Hoyt Contender Elite through Archery Talk. (Check it out if you haven't heard about it yet!)  Once again, we have been looking for a used hunting bow and found a target bow that he really didn't want to pass up.  With both of us being left-handed, we have a bit of a trouble sometimes finding exactly what we want and sometimes find a great deal (like our Apex), haha. :)   

The seller shipped the bow to us in pieces to save on shipping costs, so before putting the bow back together I tried to get creative and took this photo below.  (Some of you may know, but I'm also a photographer!  You can check out the latest weddings & shoots of mine at ceciliaflamingblog.com).  

I love taking detail shots, and this kind of reminded me of some of the shots I take during getting ready photos at at a wedding! Haha!  I must be in wedding season withdrawl (it tends to slow down this time of the year in British Columbia).  If my weekend isn't busy with archery, a 3D shoot or camping, I'm most likely photographing a wedding! :)

Well, back to the bow.  Turns out Steve hasn't been able to find any cams for his draw length yet... (PS... if anyone has any leads on cams for 31" DL, give me a shout!)... but we do have cams for me to be able to shoot it.  So I'm the lucky one that gets to try out the bow first! (haha!).  It's the first Hoyt to enter our household. 
So far we've shot Bear, PSE and Mathews compound bows... so it will be interesting to see how it compares.  I'll let you know what I think after I've shot it a while.  I'll try and snap some interesting pics along the way.