2009 FCA 3D Committee Meeting Minutes Aug '09
FCA 3D Committee Annual Meeting 2009 Minutes
July 23, 2009 – Amos, Quebec
Present: Jude Hooey, FCA V-P 3D Programs
Craig Pembroke, AANS Wil Reinhart, AANB Glenn Gudgeon, FTAQ
Peter Garrett, OAA Mano Navarro, ABAM Harvey Giesbrecht, SAA
Stan Schamuhn, ABAA Ted Kennedy, BCAA
Scott Ogilvie, FCA Executive Director (recorder of minutes)
Guest: Roger Garrod, Chairman of Judge Corps for 2009 3D Nationals
The meeting began at 13:50hrs (1:50pm).
1. Welcome by the Chairperson
The 3D Committee Chairperson, Jude Hooey welcomed everyone and said it was an honour to represent the provinces for 3D programs. The Chairperson asked that everyone keep to 3D issues because the agenda was quite full and that we had to be do our best to finish before 6:00pm in order to attend the evening BBQ planned and scheduled by the Host Organizing Committee for 6:00pm.
J. Hooey announced the members of the National Team (NT) selected to attend the 2009 3D World Championships in Latina, Italy this September 16-19. The Team members are: Peter Garrett, Sheila Madahbee, Samantha Wright and Lana Perry. Peter Garrett has been appointed Team Leader. The Chairperson confirmed that due to the National Team event funding prioritization process conducted by the High Performance Committee (Fall 2008) and the resultant budget constraints, the FCA will only be able to cover the registration fee for 3D NT members (in 2009). The Executive Director clarified the uniform cost and composition. The cost breakdown is as follows: $360 minus the $76 discount to all NT members plus GST and shipping at 5% and 15% respectively = $360 total cost. All NT must purchase the full 6-piece uniform which is comprised of 1 jacket, 1 pair of pant, and 4 shirts (any combination of 2 t-shirts/2 polo shirts, 1 t-shirt/3 polo shirts, 1 polo/3 t-shirts or 4 polo shirts).
See the enclosed opening remarks from the 3D Committee Chairperson and Vice-President of 3D Programs - Appendix 1).
MOTION #3D2009-01: To accept the agenda as amended.
Moved by: BC Seconded by: ON Carried
2. Approval of the Minutes 2008
MOTION #3D2009-02: To accept the minutes as presented and published on the FCA website.
Moved by: BC Seconded by: MB Carried
3. Old Business
a) Review of the Suggestions as Submitted by Wil Reinhart of NB
Before turning the floor over to W. Reinhart of AANB, the Chairperson stated that whatever rule changes might be recommended by the 3D Committee and ultimately adopted by the FCA, it was her hope that the rules would be adopted and implemented at the provincial level across Canada. J. Hooey then turned the floor over to W. Reinhart to provide the background and rationale behind his suggested 3D rule changes. Considerable discussion ensued surrounding the various proposed rule changes suggested by W. Reinhart. See the summary of suggested rule changes contained in W. Reinhart?s AANB report to the Committee and enclosed with these meeting minutes – all provincial reports located under Appendix 3 in these meeting minutes. The following two motions were made:
MOTION #3D2009-03: To delete the existing M50, M60 and M60 Traditional shooting classes from the current FCA rulebook (under rule 11.19.3 Shooting Classes Defined).
And to add instead, an optional M50 and M60 class in the following categories:
BHF, BHR, BHO, HUN, HF, CU, RU, TRD and IN. In order for these optional classes to be offered, at least four (4) competitors must be registered in the optional category.
Moved by: NB Seconded by: BC Carried
b) Crossbow Insurance through the FCA
J. Hooey turned the floor over to Stan Schamuhn of ABAA to provide the background and rationale behind the motion outlined below. See the July 16/09 email from S. Schamuhn enclosed with these meeting minutes – Appendix 2. As a result of the background and rationale provided, considerable discussion ensued surrounding the matter of inclusion of crossbow users within the FCA and the provision of FCA insurance coverage for crossbow users. Highlights of the discussion are as follows:
- In BC, crossbow users are permitted to compete in 3D shoots and therefore FCA insurance coverage is critical.
- The Nova Scotia government has recently accepted crossbow users into its provincial hunting season.
- The AANS is opposed to crossbow users competing at provincial archery events.
- Some FTAQ affiliated clubs are now welcoming crossbow users.
J. Hooey called for a second to MOTION #3D2009-05 noted below. The motion was not seconded and therefore the motion was lost.
MOTION #3D2009-04: Moved that the FCA 3D Committee recommends to the Board of Directors that the FCA remove crossbow insurance coverage from the FCA insurance policy.
Moved by: AB Seconded by: No seconder
Given that MOTION #3D2009-05 noted above was not seconded and as a consequence was lost, MOTION #3D2009-06 noted immediately below, could not be considered.
MOTION #3D2009-05: Moved that the FCA 3D Committee recommends to the Board of Directors that all crossbow shooters and affiliated clubs be informed by registered mail that crossbows will no longer be covered by the FCA insurance policy and proof must be shown of other insurance coverage to be used at the affiliated clubs. A deadline of August 25, 2009 for removal of crossbow coverage be strictly adhered to.
Moved by: AB Seconded by: Not applicable as noted above.
c) Funding for World Championships - Ideas
J. Hooey opened discussion by identifying the two major sources of funding for FCA:
i) Sport Canada; and ii) membership dues. She explained that Sport Canada funds are not available to 3D archers because Sport Canada only funds recurve archers for the Olympics and World Championships. She stated that membership dues are another primary source of funds to FCA. The funds available to 3D archers is very small and is limited to funds raised directly by FCA. S. Ogilvie offered some further explanation
By first reiterating that Sport Canada funds only recurve archery as that is the only type of archery contested at the Olympic Games. On the „Paralympic side? or athletes with a disability (AWAD) side, both recurve and compound archery is funded because both types are contested at the Paralympic Games. In addition to membership dues, FCA also raises some limited funds through merchandise sales and tournaments registration. J. Hooey stated again that each Fall the FCA?s High Performance Committee identifies international competitions to which FCA will send National Teams. The competitions are ranked in importance and priority for funding from FCA. As noted above, most of the funds available to National Team archers are restricted to recurve on the Olympic side and recurve and compound archers on the Paralympic side. Unfortunately, the remaining FCA funds leaves little available to assist „able-bodied? compound archers and 3D archers, with their expenses to international events such as Worlds Championships and World Cup events.
J. Hooey stated therefore that it is critical that the 3D Committee generate ideas on how to raise funds to help FCA?s high performance 3D archers gain much needed and valuable international competitive experience (by competing at major international 3D tournaments).
J. Hooey opened the floor to discussion and ideas:
- M. Navarro suggested 3D use FCA?s elite recurve and compound archers to help raise the profile of archery (as “the face” of FCA). The result would be a positive spin-off for 3D archers as well when the FCA or individual 3D archers approach potential sponsors such as businesses and corporations for a mutually beneficial partnership.
- FCA recruit companies to sponsor tournaments with merchandise that can then be sold by individual clubs. Part of the proceeds from sales to go towards 3D archery programs and archers.
- W. Reinhart suggested the sale of lottery tickets by individual club members with proceeds going to the individuals and to the club. Obtain buy-in from the provincial associations and affiliated clubs across Canada. To be a fundraising partnership, spearheaded by FCA. See NB lottery licence application and terms and conditions attached to email containing these meeting minutes (submitted by W. Reinhart).
- G. Gudgeon suggested tax deductible status be pursued by clubs so that when approaching a potential sponsor, a sponsorship partnership is more appealing to a potential business or corporate sponsor.
- P. Garrod suggested that a 3D sub-committee be established to address funding for 3D programs and archers.
- J. Hooey suggested that these ideas really fall into the purview of FCA?s V-P Administration & Marketing and that the V-P must be made aware of these ideas and encouraged to work with the 3D Committee.
- Committee stressed the importance of receiving assurance from FCA that any funds raised for 3D on a national basis, be „earmarked? for 3D programs and archers only.
4. New Business
a) 2009 3D Indoor Championship Report
J. Hooey thanked the Central Archers of Alberta and its Host Organizing Committee Chairperson, Mike Screen for doing “a terrific job” in hosting the 2009 FCA Indoor 3D Championship. The Championship had 305 registered shooters. The job the Club did in organizing and hosting the Championship was particularly impressive given that they agreed to step-up and host on such short notice. The Club was successful in securing Silver Scent as a sponsor for the FCA Indoor 3D Championship for not only 2009 but for the next two years at $3,000 per year. Kudos to Mike Screen and the Central Archers of Alberta.
ACTION: J Hooey will circulate a copy of the final report from Mike Screen to all 3D Committee members.
It was suggested that the final reports for the past three Indoor 3D National Championships, be provided to the AANS host of the 2010 FCA Indoor 3D Championship, as a helpful guide and resource.
ACTION: S. Ogilvie to circulate a copy of the final report from the 2009, 2008 and 2007 FCA Indoor 3D Championships to AANS (to then distribute to the Host Organizing Committee).
b) 2009 3D Outdoor Championship Report
G. Gudgeon reported on behalf of the FTAQ and the Amos Host Organizing Committee (HOC). He reported that the courses are very challenging with a good amount of “woodsy” terrain and considerable sandy soil. The courses have the endorsement of Ghislain Arseneault (a FITA certified Judge and Chief Judge for the FCA 3D Championship) as an international calibre course. The HOC has done an excellent job in planning, organizing and preparing for the Championship. To date there are 150 registered archers with a number of „walk-in? registrants expected today and tomorrow.
c) Rule Changes for 2010
i. Hunter Classes
A proposal to “re-invent the hunter classes” was respectfully submitted on July 21/09 (email), by Lindsey Poehl, President of AANS. C. Pembroke of AANS spoke to the proposed changes provided below from that email:
- This class was designed as an introductory class for new or inexperienced 3D archers. I thought this is a great idea to make the shots easier for novice archers to experience 3D at a closer range. In the past I have seen experienced or advanced archers shoot the Hunter class for the increased chance of taking home a prise or metal. This doesn't encourage new archers to come back if their score is doubled by an elite archer who is looking for a easy ego boost. In my view there shouldn't be a class for an elite introductory archer. This doesn't make any sense and does nothing to introduce and promote the sport of 3D to new or inexperienced archers. - It is my view that we remove the Hunter class from the Nationals. If an advanced archer wishes to attend the Nationals; Then they should move up to one of the BH classes and compete with the advanced competitors. The Hunter class should
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remain as a club class only. - I believe that we should remove all restrictions on equipment in this class. The Hunter Fingers class should be absorbed by the Hunter class too. Many new archers have purchased a new or used bows from a friend, yard sale or discount retailer. The equipment may be out of tune, mismatched, or be fitted with items not regularly used by experienced 3D archers. All they know is that they have a bow and they want to shoot. By removing all restrictions allows new archers in the Hunter class to shoot and have fun. When they have fun then they will ask "how do I get better" then they can be advised on equipment and class changes. - I also think that we should increase the shots in the Hunter class from 1 to 2 arrows (hunter class only). If a new archer misses with 1 arrow they may not know why they missed, a second arrow will allow them to understand what went wrong and how to become a better shot. This will shorten their learning curve of 3D archery. - I believe that these proposed changes will increase attendance in all the BH classes and also introduce novice archers to the Hunter class.
J. Hooey opened the floor to discussion. Discussion led to Committee agreement not to pursue the proposal. Consequently a motion was not made.
J. Hooey opened the floor to discussion around the motion proposing Cub age archers
shoot from the green stakes. A good discussion ensued. It was agreed that those Cub age archers wanting more challenge could move up in age class rather than making the rule change.
J. Hooey called for a second to MOTION #3D2009-06 noted below. The motion was not seconded and therefore the motion was lost.
MOTION #3D2009-06: Moved that Cub age archers shoot from the green stakes.
Moved by: AB Seconded by: No seconder
J. Hooey opened the floor to discussion around the motion proposing that the pre-cub and cubs shoot in the same group as a parent or guardian, at FCA events. A good discussion occurred. Highlights are noted below:
- Agreement that clubs, provincial associations and FCA national, need to educate parents/guardians who are supervising (but are non-archers) on basic rules and etiquette of archery and 3D archery specifically. Those supervising or chaperoning must have archery education.
- Young archers also need to be better educated on the basic rules and etiquette of archery and 3D archery specifically.
- It was confirmed that currently only Pre-cubs shoot in the same group as a parent/guardian (serving as a chaperone or supervisor).
- It was agreed that a chaperone meeting be held before each shoot to carry-out some of this education. It was agreed that this suggestion be incorporated into the 3D Hosting Manual.
ACTION: S. Ogilvie to incorporate the above suggestion of a chaperone meeting into the 3D Hosting Manual.
J. Hooey called for a second to MOTION #3D2009-07 noted below. The motion was not seconded and therefore the motion was lost.
MOTION #3D2009-07: Moved that the pre-cub and cubs shoot in the same group as a parent or guardian, at FCA events.
Moved by: AB Seconded by: No seconder
d) Provincial Reports (submitted prior to meeting or at the meeting)
See the enclosed provincial reports that were submitted – all provincial reports located under Appendix 3 in these meeting minutes. J. Hooey called on provincial representatives for any additional information to report.
- S. Schamuhn reported that there is lots of 3D activity (3-4 outdoor shoots most weekends) and strong membership (500-600 members).
- The number of indoor shoots and indoor practice times are on the increase.
- H. Giesbrecht reported strong membership numbers for SAA (1200 members).
- 3D archery is on the “upswing” in SK. At the recent SAA Provincial Championship, the 3D field increased by 100% from 2008.
J. Hooey called for a motion to approve the provincial reports as submitted/reported.
MOTION #3D2009-08: Moved that the provincial reports be approved as submitted/reported.
Moved by: MB Seconded by: ON Carried
e) Ted Kennedy – Discrepancies in yardages
J. Hooey asked that T. Kennedy of BCAA speak to his concern surrounding discrepancies in yardage. T. Kennedy provided some historical background on why he was raising the concern and suggesting a change to rule #126.96.36.199. He cited an incident from a 2008 3D shoot in Barrie, ON in which a protest was lodged alleging that the shooting stake had been moved during the shoot. Discussion ensued, leading to the following motion being moved and carried.
MOTION #3D2009-09: To amend field archery rule 188.8.131.52 to read as follows: “The tolerance on the maximum distance from shooting peg to target will not exceed +- 1 metre. The distance should be measured in the air approximately 1.5 - 2.0 metres above the ground. All kinds of measuring equipment can be used as long as it satisfies the tolerances.
Moved by: BC Seconded by: ON Carried
f) Bids for 2010 & 2011 Indoor 3D Championships
J. Hooey spoke to the concern that bids for the 2010 & 2011 Indoor 3D Championships are not confirmed. Highlights of the discussion are as follows:
- We should call for bids a minimum of 11/2 years in advance.
- MB, NB and SK expressed an interest in hosting the Championship in 2010 but pointed out that accessing a suitable facility that is available at the time of the Championship, is a major barrier. The target date for the Championship is the end of March 2010.
- MB will confirm its interest and willingness to host the 2010 Indoor Championship in time for the 2009 Board meeting.
- SK will also look into its level of interest and willingness to host the 2010 Indoor Championship.
ACTION: MB will confirm its interest and willingness to host the 2010 Indoor Championship at the 2009 Board meeting in Laval, QC (August 8th).
ACTION: Committee members to go back to their provincial association to determine the level of interest in hosting the 2011 Indoor 3D Championship and report back to FCA as soon as possible.
- J. Hooey asked that Committee members go back to their provincial association to determine the level of interest in hosting the 2011 Indoor 3D Championship and report back to FCA.
- G. Gudgeon suggested that at the same time that a call for bids to host the Outdoor 3D Championship is made, that provinces be asked to consider hosting the Indoor Championship.
- With the above suggestion being made, AANS was asked if it would be interested and able to host the 2010 Indoor 3D Championships (given it is hosting the 2010 Outdoor 3D Championship). C. Pembroke was unable to confirm at this time.
- Discussion ensued surrounding the establishing of a rotation schedule that requires a province bid for both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
- This then led to discussion about establishing a separate rotation schedule for the Indoor 3D Championship.
- Discussion led to the Committee agreeing that it would accept bids for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Indoor 3D Championships but beginning in 2014 a four (4) year rotation cycle would begin, beginning with AANS.
MOTION #3D2009-10: Moved that an Indoor 3D Championship rotation schedule be established on a 4 rotation cycle, beginning in 2014.
And that in 2014, the rotation schedule begin with AANS and follow the already established Outdoor Championship rotation schedule for subsequent years.
Moved by: SK Seconded by: MB Carried
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g) Bowhunter Safety – concerns and issues
This agenda item was tabled for future discussion.
5. Other Business
a) Definition of Archery
J. Hooey explained that there is an extra charge of $1.50 for crossbow users wanting FCA insurance coverage. She also stated that in December 2008, a memo from the FCA national office was communicated to FCA members that FCA insurance coverage was available to crossbow users. However, she reported that there was not a motion at either the Executive or Board level approving coverage of crossbow users.
- P. Garrett pointed out that the OAA provides its crossbow members with OAA insurance coverage.
J. Hooey turned the floor over to S. Schamuhn to provide background on his proposed motion. He indicated that his motion has the support of the ABA. S. Schamuhn asked S. Ogilvie how many crossbow users the FCA has registered. S. Ogilvie was unable to confirm but indicated he would report back to S. Schamuhn.
C. Pembroke stated that a definition of archery will either include or exclude crossbow.
J. Hooey informed the Committee that the FCA President has put out a call for a definition of archery. She suggested that S. Schamuhn discuss the matter with his Board representative.
J. Hooey called for a second to MOTION #3D2009-11 noted below. The motion was not seconded and therefore the motion was lost.
MOTION #3D2009-11: Moved that the FCA 3D Committee recommends to the Board of Directors that the FCA adopt the following definition of archery bows: that they must be drawn, held, and released by muscular power and be of a full draw cycle. Draw lock devices will not be allowed.
Moved by: AB Seconded by: No seconder
b) 2011 Outdoor 3D Championship Bid
A bid package to host the 2011 FCA Outdoor 3D Championship was received from Robert Lakeman, President of the SAA. See enclosed „hard copy? of the package circulated with these minutes. The following motion was made:
MOTION #3D2009-12: Moved that the bid to host the 2011 FCA Outdoor 3D Championship be awarded to the Wascana Archers of Regina (July 29-August 1, 2010).
Moved by: SAA Seconded by: OAA
c) Attendance at National Championships (ABAM)
J. Hooey turned the floor over to M. Navarro (ABAM) to speak to this agenda item raised by him.
M. Navarro raised his concern about the low number of archers registered for this weekend?s Outdoor 3D Championship. He stated that we must all go abck to our clubs and encourage archers to attend the National Championship. We need to “build our base of competitors at Nationals.”
- It was suggested that the 3D Committee only accept hosting bids from clubs close to communities that have easier travel access.
- J. Hooey pointed out that it is the provincial association hosting a Championship that decides what bid it will support from its province and therefore what club/community will be supported to host.
MOTION #3D2009-13: Moved that the meeting be adjourned.
Moved by: AANS Seconded by: AANB
The Chairperson thanked everyone and wished those shooting at the Championship, all the best. The meeting was adjourned at 18:20hr (6:20pm).
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks 2009 3D Meeting
July 23, 2009
It has been my pleasure to be the FCA 3D VP for the past three years. We have accomplished a great deal, but there is still much to do. With your support, I will let my name stand for another term.
This is a very important meeting for the discipline of 3D archery in Canada. We are a committee whose purpose is to take the views of the 3D archers of Canada to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the FCA. As Provincial Representatives, it is your function to express the views of the 3D archers in your provinces. We can not and must not make demands of these committees. What we can and should do is make recommendations.
My responsibility is to take what is discussed here to both of those bodies. As the FCA 3D VP, my main concern is the coordination of 3D in Canada. By having this meeting, discussing important issues, and coming to some conclusions, I will be able to better represent you, your provinces, and your 3D archers in a positive manner.
I would like to thank all of you for your input into the changes to the rules that were made this year. Rules and changes will be an ongoing project. It was suggested to me by the Rule Book Chairman that I should just submit changes to the Rule Committee and then inform the archers of them. I told him that I was not comfortable doing that. Unless I am directed otherwise, I will continue the way we have been doing the changes.
Last year, we devised a system by which we could choose a team to represent us at the FITA 3D World Championship in Italy. Although there is very little funding, four archers (Samantha Wright, Lana Perry, Sheila Madkabee, and Peter Garrett) have committed themselves to representing Canada in Italy. The archers did have some problems because not all provinces have adopted FCA rules for all shoots. I believe this is an issue that definitely needs to be addressed. We also need to revisit the criteria with the 2011 Worlds in mind. Another major issue that needs to be addressed is that of funding. If we are ever going to field a full team to the FITA 3D World Championship, we must find a way to provide funding for it.
We have a great deal to discuss today, so in the interest of saving some time, I took the liberty of writing some of issues in the form of motions. The motions will need to be seconded before discussion can begin. So, having said all of that, let?s get to work.
----- Original Message ----- From: Stan and/or Tammy Schamuhn
To: jude hooey
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:33 AM
Subject: crossbows, food for thought
In the past 18 months since becoming the Alberta Bowhunters Association 3-D Director the issue of crossbows at FCA 3D events and even being covered by the FCA insurance policy at affiliated clubs has been of great concern to the ABA and to my mandate to protect bow hunting in Alberta. The issue of whether crossbows are archery equipment is the center of this concern. I will not be drawn into the question of whether the crossbow shooter?s focus on shooting a crossbow is the same level as shooting a long bow, recurve, or compound bow. This discourse deals with the equipment aspect and the implications involved with this issue. Crossbows are a draw lock device which can be cocked and loaded with a bolt and left that way for an infinite time period if that is desired. This fact alone is a significant difference between traditional and compound bows and crossbows. The sequence of loading and drawing of traditional and compounds is also different than that of a crossbow. In the case of bows an arrow is attached by way of a nock which is snapped onto the string. In the case of a crossbow, this weapon has a front foot stirrup which one foot is placed in and then the shooter either uses both hands or a crank and rope are used to draw the string back to the cocked position all while it is pointed at the ground. At this point this weapon is cocked but not loaded and if the string locking mechanism fails at anytime between being pointed at the ground and being lifted up to a position which allows the bolt to be inserted into the track, if the string locking mechanism fails, the crossbow dry fires causing damage to the crossbow and possible injury to the person shooting this weapon and anyone nearby. This alone is a significant difference between bows and crossbows.
Now let?s deal with the shooting of these weapons. Bows, while being loaded, need to be drawn on target and held at full draw while being sighted and once this is done, the arrow is released at the target. The phrase that comes to mind is “drawn, held and released by muscular power.” In the case of a crossbow, it is already loaded and then the shooting stalk which is similar to a rifle stalk is raised to the shooters shoulder and held there as a rifle is held. To sight on target either a front raised pin and back buckhorn sight or a modified rifle scope is used to aim at the target. To release the bolt a safety is clicked off and the trigger is then pulled and the bolt is released. The stance, sighting, and shooting are the same as a rifle. The whole process is much different than that of shooting a traditional or compound bow, which once drawn, must be sighted and shot or let down since the shooter cannot interrupt the draw cycle. This is not the same with a crossbow which can be set down in a loaded condition at anytime. The cycle can be interrupted at anytime and can increase the danger factor. These differences are glaring and thought should be given to this.
The differences between crossbows and traditional and compound bows are such that no one can suggest that crossbows are archery equipment. Just because a weapon shoots something that looks like an arrow makes one wonder if a gun shooting an arrow out of the barrel could be called archery. Crossbows, with the exception of limbs and string, look and operate as a gun and in the opinion of most archers are not archery equipment. This has been shown since, at the FCA, crossbows are not allowed at target or 3-D events. This being said, the FCA has not shown the intestinal fortitude to not involve themselves in any way with crossbows. Instead, the FCA insurance policy was expanded to cover crossbows only at the affiliated club level after the 3D provincial representatives had voted not to allow their use at FCA 3D events. It is clear that someone at the FCA insists on going against the wishes of the majority of the provinces that do not want crossbows included in the FCA. It was pointed out to me that there was no vote held at the board or executive level on this issue. This being the case, the FCA board and executive need to examine this process which took place and deal with this issue in a timely manner.
The implications to the bow hunting seasons in the provinces, especially in Alberta, are serious. While the FCA wants to not discuss the hunting aspect, it must because 3D, and to some extent target, are bow hunting practice. The history of 3D is that it was introduced and still is being promoted as good hunting practice. Clubs were formed across Canada to promote ethical bow hunting practice. The FCA has grown because of this. To alienate a large part of the 3D membership which has ties to bow hunting should be considered and a stand must be taken now to deal with this issue.
In Alberta, bow hunting seasons could be seriously damaged by the FCA having anything to do with crossbows. When a national archery association has any recognition of a weapon which is not archery equipment, the implication is that it is archery. There are 16,500 bow hunters in Alberta who are regulated as to harvest rate. To have crossbows included in a bow hunting season could double or triple the number of people hunting in an archery only season. This would lead to loss or reduced season length and more season draws. We are the envy of most provinces and states in North America in regards to our season lengths and number of animals that can be harvested. In Alberta right now the definition for bows is “drawn, held and released by muscular power.” However if the FCA continues to recognize anything that shoots a so called arrow, this definition is likely to change.
Therefore, the FCA needs to adopt a definition for archery which should be as follows, “A bow should be drawn, held, and released by muscular power and be a continuous draw cycle.” This definition is appropriate since one of the most important factors in bow hunting is drawing in the presence of game. Quite different to just lifting a loaded weapon, sighting, and shooting. Try drawing a bow after being in the cold for a few hours!
The FCA needs to deal with this issue and stop trying to do damage to those provinces which have archery only bow hunting seasons and to do nothing is the same as endorsing crossbows. For a change, listen to the majority of the FCA membership by adopting this definition of archery and look after the membership that the FCA has and stop trying to gain more membership and money by not dealing with this issue. If the only concern that the FCA executive has is that a few affiliated clubs allow crossbows to be shot at their 3D ranges, let the crossbow shooters buy a membership to the National Firearms Association (NFA) to have insurance coverage. This way, the shooter is covered by insurance and the affiliated club is not at risk.
The attitude of more people, more money, as espoused to me by some of the FCA executive, is one that just alienates the membership that the FCA already has. If the FCA executive and board have difficulty making a decision in regards to this issue, they need to have a national vote from the entire FCA membership to decide this issue. After all, we are supposed to live in a democracy.
ABA 3D Director
AANB VP Bowhunting & 3D Report 2009
Total number of AANB members as at July 10th, 2008
577 Registered clubs in the province 17 35 Active Coaches: Men 30 Women 5 23 Active Judges & Range Safety Officers: Men 18 Women 5
Tournament participation is up from last year, despite rising fuel prices. Archers are shooting in nearby communities and not travelling long distances. There are fewer 3-D shoots this year than there was in 2007.
More rifle hunters picking up bows due to our archery season being the 3 weeks before the rifle season. New Brunswick is a “Sunday hunting “province now, but not in archery season. The three Sundays that are on the schedule fall in rifle season only. It?s a start and we are working on getting the Sundays for bow season and also the complete week after the rifle season. There was talk of shortening the minimum 200 meter distance from a dwelling down to 100 meters to help control our urban deer population.
Clubs are promoting our sport through schools, fundraisers, Hunter Awareness Day and the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman Programme”. We are looking forward to our AANB website being completely bilingual. We are also working on getting Team NB up and running again with some 3-D involvement and also recruiting more volunteers locally and at the provincial level.
New Brunswick?s Woodstock Archery Club is seeking to bid on the 2010 Indoor 3-D Championships (subject to available existing buildings). Woodstock has one of the biggest clubs in the province and has a large volunteer base.
Master Traditional 50 Class Review
Master Traditional 50 is an optional class and is a combination of the Longbow and a Traditional Recurve.
M50TR(m/f) or M50TR(m) & M50TR(f)
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1. Any type of traditional recurve or longbow may be used.
2. The bow may be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers.
3. Sights are not allowed.
4. Stabilizers are not allowed.
5. While shooting, the archer will touch the arrow with the index finger against the nock. The archer will use a single anchor point - string walking and face walking are not allowed.
There is no Traditional Recurve class, only Recurve unaided. This optional class is unclear and needs reviewing.
Recurve Un-Aided - RU(m/f) or RU(m) & RU(f)
1. A recurve or longbow may be used.
2. The bow must be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers.
3. No sighting device is allowed and there will be no markings on the bow or on the bowstring that could be construed as sighting marks.
4. A rest and plunger are all that may reside within the sight window.
5. There will not be any type of draw check on the bow string.
6. The arrows used will all be of the same material and will all be of uniform length and weight.
7. No stabilizers are allowed [Note: This is different from the IBO definition of RU where short stabilizers are allowed.]
8. While shooting, the archer will touch the arrow with the index finger against the nock. The archer will use a single anchor point - string walking and face walking are not allowed.
Traditional Longbow - TRD(m/f) or TRD(m) & TRD(f)
1. There is a 90-lb. maximum bow weight.
2. The bow must satisfy the following definition of a longbow: When the bow is strung, the string touches only the nocks of the bow, at the shelf the bow will be cut no closer than 1/8 inch to the centreline of the bow. In case a bow cut centre shot is found, it may be re-qualified by adding a leather pad to a thickness that will meet the rules.
3. The bow may be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers.
4. While shooting, the archer will touch the arrow with the index finger against the nock.
5. The archer will use a single anchor point - string walking and face walking are not allowed.
6. All arrows must be nocked at the same string location.
7. Strings must have single colour middle serving with no marks.
8. One or two nock locators, which may be snap-on type, tubing, thread or dental floss tied or served on the servings are allowed.
9. The arrow must be shot from the shelf or hand with no elevated rest. Only a piece of leather or similar material 1/8 inch thick or less is allowed on the arrow shelf.
10. Cushion plungers or rests with mechanical adjustments are not allowed.
11. No sights, stabilizers or counter balances are allowed. Attempts to circumvent this rule by building bows with massive or weighted handle-risers will disqualify the shooter.
12. Arrow shafts:
must have a minimum of 125-grain points.
must be identical in length, weight and colour; except for normal wear.
must be wooden.
13. An overdraw is not allowed.
Master 60 class Masters 60 - M60(m/f) or M60(m) & M60(f)
Any type of equipment or style, subject to any restrictions above, may be used.
Masters 50 - M50(m/f) or M50(m) & M50(f)
Any type of equipment or style, subject to any restrictions above, may be used.
Federation of Canadian Archers Fédération Canadienne des Archers
These classes are shot by BHO archers and rarely have other classes participate. Perhaps “optional classes” should be broadened to accommodate each class or eliminated completely.
AANB 3-D Director
ABA VP Bowhunting & 3D Report 2009
3-D archery seems to be gaining in popularity here in Alberta. With anywhere from one to four shoots going on from May 1 to August 31, one can become 3D'd out by mid-summer. Learning to juggle 3-D, work, and at not least family, is a difficult act. While it may sound like whining, I enjoy every bit of the juggling. My passion for all three is great.
As a supporter of the ABA, I have always maintained that 3-D is an integral part of the ABA. To speak of ethics is to diligently practice with archery equipment to make the good shot when hunting. 3-D can be a fun way to practice.
Over the past years the ABA has held three sanctioned shoots per year to determine our provincial champions. The turnout for the two thus far is up over past years at around 120 shooters. Twenty to twenty-five percent are young people, 18 and under. It is encouraging to see that this is turning into a family sport. In most cases at least one parent bowhunts and encourages the children to shoot 3-D. So if they decide to hunt, the young person will have the archer's skills needed to know the limitations of their equipment.
On the bowhunting side of the ABA, crossbows are a burning issue right now. For now, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development has said that crossbows will not be allowed in archery season. However, the ABA executive feels that we must remain diligent in our efforts to keep this issue at bay or this could change. We all know that money can change some peoples' minds. That is why Brent Watson and I were so concerned with what was happening in the FCA Crossbow Committee. We showed that while crossbows were primitive weapons, they definitely were not archery equipment and for our efforts we were called good politicians. No one ever showed us that crossbows were archery equipment. The argument that more money and people involved in archery 3-D is not a compromise the ABA is prepared to make. Our BIG concern is that non-archery equipment is being allowed at a national archery event. The perception of crossbows being archery equipment recognised at a national archery event could seriously damage the bowhunting seasons enjoyed in some provinces. Some would say we are being selfish, however, I look at it as trying to maintain what the ABA has worked so hard to achieve here in Alberta. We do have some of the best archery seasons and are blessed with so many different animal species that we can hunt.
On that note, I will close by saying that I look forward to meeting and working with the other provincial 3-D reps in Dauphin.
ABA 3-D Director
ABAM Bowhunting & 3D Director’s Report 2009
1. ABAM memberships: January 1, 2007- Dec. 31, 2007 - 721
ABAM memberships: January 1, 2008- July 25, 2008 - 804
2. Club level membership- 26 active clubs in Manitoba, 2 Indoor ranges in Winnipeg- Heights & Heartland
3. Provincial Team members:
- 3D Team: 14 - Target Team: 11
4. From January 6 – July 20, the ABAM through member clubs has hosted 15 3D Tournaments with two more to come, including the 3D National Championships in Dauphin in August. (see schedule below)
On the Target side, the ABAM through member clubs has hosted 21 FITA Tournaments with 8 more to come, including the FITA Field & Target National Championships in Sanford & Winnipeg and the FITA Provincials in Stonewall. Eleven other Tournaments were also hosted in Manitoba, some of which were in preparation for the 2008 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games.
5. This year, the ABAM has seen some great accomplishments by our local archers. Jay Lyon from Winnipeg won the Olympic qualifier in his category and will be representing Canada at the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing, China. He also won the Gold in the 2008 MICA. Another local archer, Rob Cox, narrowly missed his spot on the team but is currently the alternate for the Paralympics. Kevin Tataryn from Stonewall recently placed second at the 2008 World Cup in Boe, France and also placed 4th in the team event. We are very proud to have such great talent in our province.
6. From August 7-10, 2008, the Vermillion Archery Club in Dauphin Manitoba will be host to the Canadian Outdoor 3D Archery Championship
7. 2008 3D Tournament Schedule
? January 6 Indoor 3D Provincials Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB
? March 16 Indoor 3D Minnedosa Archery Club
? April 20 Outdoor 3D Snake Creek Archers, Birtle, MB
? April 27 Red River Boot Shoot Red River Archers, Sanford, MB
? May 11 ABAM 3D shoot Sanford, MB
? May 25 Red River Buckle Shoot Red River Archers, Sanford, MB
? June 1 Outdoor 3D Vermillion Archers, Dauphin, MB
? June 8 Outdoor 3D Prairie Bowhunters, Portage, MB
? June 15 Outdoor 3D Brandon Wildlife Archer, Brandon, MB
? June 15 Fathers Day 3D shoot OCN Archery Club, The Pas, MB
? June 22 Outdoor 3D Traditional Bowhunters, Sanford, MB
? June 28&29 Medieval weekend Winnipeg Archers, Sanford, MB
? July 6 Outdoor 3D Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters, Selkirk, MB
? July 13 Outdoor 3D Asessippi Archery Club, Russell, MB
? July 20 Outdoor 3D Provincials Prairie Bowhunters, Portage, MB
? Aug. 7-10 Outdoor 3D Nationals Vermillion Archers, Dauphin, MB
? Aug. 16& 17 Outdoor 3D North Star Archers, The Pas, MB
8. On March 30th, the ABAM ran a Bowhunter Ed course with 15 participants, instructed by Garry Glenn and organized by Darrin Shipp.
Honesto (Mano) Navarro, ABAM President
BCAA VP Bowhunting & 3D Report 2009
The 3D events are moving along as usual. Attendance at the lower mainland shoots seems to be average in attendance. Some shoots are noticing lower than normal attendance and believe the cost of fuel is contributing to the issue. I have been personally involved in reinstating the Burke mountain shoot. We have two shoots scheduled; the first was well received, and have a second shoot scheduled in July.
The 3D Provincials in Fort St John were last weekend. I have received about a dozen declarations and received a few more in the final days. We used our updated handicapping system to select the team to compete in the Nationals in Dauphin Manitoba. We had just over a hundred archers competing. The remoteness of Fort St John and the cost of gas, and flights kept many archers away.
The United Bowhunters of BC has received the draft regulations from the Government. We had a representative, Jim Turner, attend a recent PHRAC (regulatory body) meeting to provide a 45min presentation and add input to the current draft proposals.
I have conducted three IBEP clinics this spring; one in Victoria, a second in Port Coquitlam, and a third in Quesnel. We had about thirty students and have developed 3-4 instructor candidates. This is an important program that we would like to see implemented all across the province. It is the shared view of the various bowhunting organizations that this course becomes recommended training for all bowhunters.
Just a reminder for those bowhunters who were successful with spring bear, to submit your results to receive your pin. Pictures and information can go to Garry Hornsberger or Ted Kennedy to be forwarded to the webmaster to go on the BCAA website. A special thanks to the Wrights for hosting the Quesnel IBEP clinic, and for Chris and Danny and Rene for helping me get my first bear with a bow.
of Archers 3D Report
The OAA has adopted the FCA rules for 3D this year, with the exception of Traditional and Crossbow equipment divisions. Not all local club shoots have adopted the X count over the 11 score.
Membership is up from last year to approx. 850 members. The provincial championship was held on July 11th and 12th and saw over 120 archers take part including 11 using crossbows. The course was excellent and challenged archers through variances in both terrain and elevations.
The Seaway challenge saw its numbers soar this year with significant participation from our USA neighbours. This is a 6 shoot series scoring your best 3 rounds. Last year they averaged 80 shooters per venue, this year the number was close to 140. It was a very successful event.
Ontario will be represented at the FCA 3D nationals with a sponsored 3 person junior team. It is hoped many others will participate on their own and represent Ontario well.
There are numerous other shoots planned including the Ontario Triple Crown and the Sault Saint Marie Triple Crown which will all be shot under the OAA official rules.
3 shooters from Ontario are currently signed up for the 3D FITA worlds to be held in September in Italy. This is the first time in a number of years that Canada has participated. Ontario currently is making up the majority of the national team and everyone wishes them well.
OAA 3D FCA representative
SAA Bowhunting & 3D Director’s Report 2009
Saskatchewan Archery Association (SAA) continues to grow with over one thousand members already this year. Our biggest numbers continue to be in our youth, with over 50% of our membership being youth. We also manage to get some parents involved and they also start shooting. As long as all our clubs keep promoting our Junior Olympic Programme, our membership will keep growing.
Our numbers of competitors at 3D shoots are staying the same, but most shooters show up together. This is due to the price of fuel these days.
Saskatchewan Bowhunters Association is also growing with over six hundred members. SBA and the SAA are starting a letter-writing campaign to stop crossbows from being put into archery season, and to keep them in muzzleloader season. Again this year you can purchase eight big game tags over the counter: 3 mule deer, 2 whitetail deer, 1 moose, 1 elk, and 1 black bear.
Chronic Wasting Disease is a problem in the province. Eradication of CWD from wild populations is no longer a realistic option for the province. As a result, the management of CWS will now focus on province-wide sampling to determine the geographic distribution of CWD in wild herds and monitoring and managing the prevalence of CWD in areas where it is currently found.
Saskatchewan is a bowhunter's paradise.