Want to test your archery skills around some of the top shooters in the world? The IBO World Championships at Seven Springs offer that chance.
It doesn’t feel much like archery season right now, does it?
Crisp cool mornings? Nope. Crunchy leaves under foot? Nope. Sunlight glinting off fully hardened antlers? Nope.
Just heat, humidity and … well, that’s about it.
Bowhunters can get their fix at Seven Springs Resort, though. From Friday through Sunday it will play host to the 2016 IBO World Championships.
The event is partly a competition. Hunters who have qualified through International Bowhunter Organization shoots will square off to win prizes. Last year’s event drew archers not only from the United States and Canada, but from as far away as Australia.
It’s no wonder. There’s $100,000 in prize money on the line. There will be “shooter of the year” awards, too.
Many of thecompetitors are here already. Practice started on Tuesday.
Spectators can – much like at a golf tournament – be present on the course to watch the top shooters in action.
That’s one of the ways in which the event is also partly a festival.
Everyday shooters can register in advance and test their own skills on Friday and Saturday at the “bowhunter’s open.” It will consist of two 20-target courses. There will also be children’s events.
And throughout the weekend – from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday – there will be a bowhunter market featuring vendors selling archery gear.
Archers can even buy some of the Rinehart targets used in the competition. They’ll be available in an auction, in lots of 10, with the minimum big set at $1,500.
Full details on the event can be found here.