Gustafson, Colton 2016



Last Name:  Gustafson

Given Name(s):  Colton

Gender:  Male

Date of Birth: October 22, 1996

Home Town: Athabasca

Province: Alberta

Club: Lakeland Archers

Bow:   Compound

Handedness: Right

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

Archery Goals:

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

Year: 2015

Division: Junior Men’s Compound

Placing: 17

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.