ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY / PROFILE
Last Name: Gustafson
Given Name(s): Colton
Date of Birth: October 22, 1996
Home Town: Athabasca
Club: Lakeland Archers
Types of Archery Pursued (indoor target, outdoor target, 3D indoor, 3D outdoor, field): All types
Personal Coach’s Name: Rene Schaub
Career (if applicable): Owner of Northern Lights Archery Pro Shop, 1st year Automotive Service Technician
Why and when did you get involved in archery? I received my first bow when I was 5 years old, but did not start competitive archery until I was 13 years old. I have always loved the outdoors and hunting. My Dad would bow hunt so I always wanted to as well.
Hours of practice per week: 25 hours
Short Term Goals: keep practicing on my shot execution, have a stronger mental game, build upper body and core muscles for strength and endurance
Long Term Goals: continue to work my way to being a world class athlete, competing in more international events, gaining more experience
Previous National Team Member: Yes
Event(s) & Year(s): 2015 Junior Youth World’s, Yankton , North Dakota
Major Canadian Tournament Results:
Event: Indoor 3D Nationals 2015 – Junior Men’s Compound 1st Place 828/880
Outdoor 3D Provincials 2015 – Sr. Men’s Compound 1st Place 494/660
Outdoor 3D Nationals 2015 – Jr Men’s Compound – 1st Place 776/880
Canada Cup 2015 – Jr Men’s Compound – 1st Place Qualifying 1365/1440, 7th Place Match Play
Outdoor Field Provincials 2015 Jr Men’s 1st Place 382/432
Outdoor Target Provincials 2015 Jr Men’s 1st Place 696/720, 684/720 New Provincial Record
Outdoor Field Nationals 2015 – Jr Men’s 1st Place 399/432, New Canadian Record
Outdoor Target Nationals 2015 – Jr Men’s 1st Place 1359/1440
Canadian Open 2015 Bronze Place
Major International Tournament Results:
Event: Junior Youth World’s
Division: Junior Men’s Compound
3D Marked National Field Championships, 2015 Redding Western Classic Trail Shoot, Redding Califormia, Sr Men’s Compound (Flights) 8th Place 1516/1540
Records Set / Held (division, score, year, place):
Provincial: Jr Men’s, 696/720 684/720 Outdoor Target Provincials, 2015, Calgary, Alberta
Canadian: Cadet Male Compound, 30M 299/300 New National Record, 50m 289/300, Canadian1200, 2012, Sherwood Park, Alberta
Jr Men’s 399/432, Outdoor Field Nationals, 2015 Selkirk, MB
Other Athletic Interests & Accomplishments Outside of Archery: I played soccer from the time I was 5 years old til the age of 17. Endurance and strength training.
Personal Interests & Accomplishments Outside of Archery: Quadding and hunting. I have been very fortunate in my hunting career. I have shot some very big deer and a big moose as well.
In 2008, when I was 12 years old I shot my first whitetail with a rifle. It was a monster with double drop tines and scored 223 7/8 inches. This was the biggest non-typical deer shot in Alberta that year.
In 2009, I shot another great deer scoring 159 inches.
In 2010 I had my first kill with a bow. It was a non-typical whitetail deer. It scored 162 inches.
In 2011, again I was fortunate to get another nice deer with my rifle. It scored 155inches and I was also fortunate to shoot a 49 inch bull moose with my bow as well.
On opening day in 2012, I shot a great buck with my bow. It scored 178 inches and it was my first buck in full velvet.
In 2013 I shot another monster scoring 185 inches and it was the biggest typical whitetail deer in Alberta that year.
In 2014, I shot the deer that I am most proud of with my bow. He eluded me for 2 years and grossed 219 and netted 209 inches. He again was the biggest non typical whitetail taken that year in Alberta.
I was featured in the 2016 winter edition of Big Buck magazine with a 10 page article showcasing all of my amazing deer.
I have captured all of my hunting kills on video and would love to make a DVD or hunting show one day.