Now in its fourth year, the Bowcast at the Bird 3D shoot in the mountains above Snowbird Resort, Utah, is becoming one of the best-known shoots in the country. Or maybe notorious is the better word. Though this shoot is a hell of a lot of fun, the terrain and difficulty of the shots (the farthest one I tried today was 139 yards, with a 43-degree angle; I missed, but not by much) can be quite daunting to your average whitetail hunter with a 3-pin sight. But I can honestly say, after a few years of coaching from these Western archers, I’ve nearly doubled my effective hunting range—and tripled my effective target range.
Though there are several courses for shooters to enjoy out here, one of the toughest—and most infamous—has always been the Elite Course, sponsored by Elite Archery. That’s where I joined buddies Kasidy Manhart of Idaho; Troy Niehaus of South Dakota and my wife, Michelle. We hail from the Jackson Purchase—the flattest region in Kentucky.