Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1997 · Page 55
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June 30, 1997

Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania · Page 55

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Page 28 .Pennsylvania Afield The state CrawSord, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren counties Region hosts top archery, walleye contests in June MIKE BLEECH Northwest Pennsylvania sportsmen will j have the opportunity to seeandpartici-J pate in major 3-D archery ,j}oA walleye fishing tourna-1 ments this month. The ABU Garcia/Iasco "Team Event" walleye fishing m^fmfB&m^*B*mm tournament will be held June 21 and 22 at the Allegheny Reservoir. Juno 28 and 29, the Starcraft, McKenzie Pennsylvania Open 3-D archery tournament will be held at Elk Tbwn Archers, located at the Y-U Ranch, near Scandia, in Warren County. These are made for television events, to . be broadcast later on ESPN and ESPN2. ' *" Both events are the result of considerable efforts by Doug Hart, president of Elk Town Archers, After attending a North American Bowhunters (NABH) event at Lexington, Kentucky, Hart sent a proposal to Sportsman's Quest, Inc., promoters of both NABH and North American Walleye Anglers (NAWA) events. Sportsman's Quest officials visited the area and liked what they saw. Since they prefer to pair their 3-D archery tournaments and their walleye tournaments in close proximity, Hart also ^sent a proposal for a w;iileye tournament, His timing could not have been better. Walleye fishing last year was the best it lias been at the Allegheny Reservoir since 1980. From all indications, it should continue to be very good. NAWA conducts seven team tournaments for grassroots anglers. Others will be held at Lake Mille Lacs, Minn., Shelbyville Reservoir, HI., Lake Erie at Fairport Harbor, Ohio, Lake Oahe, S.D., Lake Sharpe, S.D. and the Mississippi River at Red Wing, Minn. Anyone can enter the team tournaments for a fee of $300 per two-person, team. Purses are awarded each day of the two-day tournament Payback will be 80 percent of the entry fees. Based on 150 entries, the first-place prize each day would be $5,000. The total purse would be $36,000, with payback to 10th place, plus a $500 award for the largest walleye each day. All NAWA tournaments are live release events, with bonuses for live walleyes, and penalties for dead walleyes. Anyone who wishes to enter either the walleye or archery tournaments should phone 1-800-2244990, or (308) 254-4179, or fax (308) 254-4188. Scott Smith, designer of Elk Tbwn Archers' 3-D course, said: "There are going to be eight complete 20-target courses." Their regular course has 30 targets. Smith explained that the shorter courses are necessary to handle the large number of shooters. They are expecting about ON ; v BEAUTIFUL IVANHOE LAKE • 4 & 6 DAY FISHING PACKAGES • MODERN HSK COTTAGES • BOAT-IN OUTPOST CABINS • FLY-IN OUTPOST CABINS « WALLEYE, NORTHERN PIKE, WHITEFISH & JUMBO PERCH • BEAR & MOOSE HUNTS YOUR HOSTS: GARRY & CATHY LITT BOX 94P, TOLEYET. ONT. POM I TO 705-899-2875 Photo by Mike Bleech The Allegheny Reservoir will be the site of the Sportsman's Quest ABU Garcia/Tasco "Team Event" walleye tournament June 21 and 22. 1,000 competitors. While the main events will be Saturday and Sunday, the festivities get under way at noon, Friday, June 27, with a pro-am team tournament. Area archers will have the opportunity to shoot with the pros. One pro will be on each team. It is open to all classes of shooters. You may discuss yardage with the pro. Only the top three arrov,*s per target will count on the team score. The cost is $25 per shooter, and the payback will be 50 percent plus additional prizes. You can register on site, though pre-registration is preferred. Then from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, the public may meet with the pros at Jones Chevrolet, in Warren. The Starcraft McKenzie Pennsylvania Open gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday with the hunter division, TheEaston Kids Fun Shoot begins at 10 am. The pros start shooting at noon. AnNABH "Archery for Kids" program will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, both hunter and pro divisions start competing at 8 a.m. The Easton Kids Fun shoot again starts at 10 a.m. Pro shootoffs begin at ELK IVORY JEWELRY f $ 0 Customized & Personalized With Your Elk Tooth! Fine-crafted designs since 1973 REQUEST FREE BROCHURE NOW - KFB Jewelers 31 S, Main St., Dept. PA Chambersburg, Pa. 17201 Phone (717) 264-8634 1:30 pjn., first women's pro, then limited pro, senior pro, and finally open pro. The awards ceremony starts when the last shooter is off the range. You will find plenty for the whole family during the Sportsman's Quest 3-D event. A 30-target range will be open to the public. The newest products from the event sponsors will be on display You may enter the competition in pro, semi-pro, hunter or cub classes and participate in novelty shoots. Pre-registration makes things easier on the event organizers, but you can also register on site. This is one of the fastest growing outdoor participation sports. In the 1 V2 years Elk Town Archers has been operating, about 900 archers have used their out of-the-way course. Probably the main reason is that it has welcomed anyone who wants to participate. Pull family involvement is common. Many shooters are not hunters. And the local Sportsman's Quest event will initiate another new angle on the competition. "Warren County is going to be the first place ever to have a handicapped tournament," Scott Smith said. Sportsman's Quest officials hope this class will grow and continue in all iuture events. For those who have not yet tried 3-D archery, it is the closest thing to real hunting, targets are life-size game ani-. nial figures- foam statues. Shooters walk a trail and make one shot per target from set locations. In addition to archery skills, you mast also be a good guesser of distance, since distances to the targets are not marked. June is going to be a busy month in northwest Pennsylvania, with camera crews on Quaker Ridge and the Allegheny Reservoir following some of the top names in 3-D archery and walleye fishing competition. If you have ever wondered if you could join the ranks of the best, or just want to see them do their stuff, thus is your opportunity,

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