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2019 Alabama ASA State SOY Program

There are a lot of changes to the 2019 Alabama ASA State SOY Program so here we go if you have any questions let us no .

2019 Alabama ASA State Federation Shooter of the Year:
Alabama State Criteria:
*****Shooter of the Year Buckles will be offered to every class (except bow novice and known 40) reguardless of number of participants in each class. This will be made possible by all of the hosting clubs of qualifiers. They will be making a donation to the “shooter of the year buckle fund” for each qualifier they host. ASA will only allow each state to have enough buckles for the classes with 3 or more participants, so this year we are able to purchase extra buckles to include everyone in this program.*****
A. All ASA rules and regulations apply to all SOY state qualifiers.
B. All AL ASA State Qualifiers will be a 20 target set to be eligible for SOY points. State Championship will be a 30 target set.
C. Qualifier  will be 20 targets . For the State Championship it will be 30 targets .
D. As discussed amongst the ASA clubs all ranges will be required to set the following stakes and should have them posted at sign in table. (Please let all shooters know of these changes)​
a. 50 yard-PINK
b. 45 yard-WHITE
c. 40 yard-RED
d. 30 yard-BLUE
e. 25 yard-YELLOW
f. 20 yard-GREEN
g. 15 yard-ORANGE
E. Groups will be busted. For adult classes a group is defined as three (3) ADULT competitors at all times. Juvenile children competitors DO NOT count as a group member in an ADULT class and CAN NOT be score keepers for groups of adult competitors.
F. Two scorecards are a MANDATORY requirement for each group at the qualifiers and State Championship. No exceptions.
G. All shooters must advance to the target for the purposes of observing the group scoring.
H. Shooters must register to shoot in the same class that they shoot at ASA Pro/Am level. Class changes must be approved by the Alabama State Director.
I. Shooters that compete in Bow Novice or K-40 must also be aware that these classes are immediate move up classes, meaning if you win out on a national level and are required to move up at the remainder of national events you must also do this on a statewide level.
J. At the discretion of the host club and or AL ASA state director a shooter(s) may be required at random to shoot their equipment through a chronograph for class speed compliance.
K. The AL ASA director(s) have designated that ALL the ASA qualifiers shot INSIDE the state of Alabama to be eligible for SOY points(must be 20 targets)!
L. A shooter must compete in a minimum of (3) state qualifiers (must be shot at 3 different locations) within the state of Alabama, and the AL State ASA Championship to be eligible for the SOY program. Regardless of the number of qualifiers shot, only the top 3 scores from 3 differnt locations and the score from the AL State Championship will count towards the SOY points standing.
M. Any shooter that does not compete in the State Championship, and/or does not post scores in the required number of events is ineligible for the State SOY program.
N. The SOY program is open to both residents and non-residents of Alabama. Only qualifiers shot inside the state of Alabama are eligible for AL State ASA SOY points. The rules for the AL State SOY program applies to all ASA annual and life members.
O. The SOY program will include all amateur classes recognized by the ASA, with the exception of the Bow Novice and K-40 classes (ASA does not provide buckles for these classes because they are considered immediate move up classes).
P. The ASA will provide SOY awards at the State Championship.
Q. Cumulative scores will be posted after the first six qualifiers in the state of Alabama have been turned in.
R. Points for SOY are awarded using the following formula:
• Qualifier #1-score of 204
• Qualifier #2-score of 212
• Qualifier #3-score of 203
• Total of (3) qualifiers for a total of 619
• AL State Championship Score 260
• 619 qualifier points plus 260 points from State Championship equals an aggregate score of 879 SOY points
The shooter’s top 3 state qualifier scores combined with their score from the AL State Championship for an aggregate score will determine the SOY standings.
S. The top (5) competitors of each SOY qualified class will be peer grouped at the state shoot. These peer groups will be scheduled to shoot their round on Saturday only at the State shoot. Buckles will be given out Saturday evening for SOY. AL directors will be creating a peer group time that will be posted promptly after the last qualifier for groups, this will be posted on the Alabama ASA Federation Facebook page. If for any reason you are not willing to shoot in a peer group for the state shoot, you do not need to compete in the SOY program.
At the conclusion of an ASA State Qualifier participating clubs should e-mail their qualifier shooter information to include the ASA #, First and Last Name of competitor, Class, Score, 12 count, and the Location of the Qualifier was shot to by no later than 10PM of the Wednesday following their qualifier. Please use the provided Excel SOY template or a typed e-mail following the same format. Hand written results or results by phone cannot be accepted.
The designated SOY scorekeeper will be responsible for receiving the scores at . Once the scores have been tabulated the state SOY standings will be posted to the AL ASA Federation Facebook page and reported to the ASA state directors.

3D Archery – Judging Distance to Target

There are many methods in judging 3D target distance.  Probably as many as there are 3d targets.  Here BHA 3D Png 2is a Hoyt video that may help get you to a good start this tournament year.  Push yourself to start shooting early in the tournament season and shoot as much as you can.  This will not only help develop your muscles but also develop your machine like rhythm to be a consistent shooter.


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NEW BHA Retail Partner: SnS Outdoors Opening April 19th

SnS logoSteve Frederick is opening SnS Outdoors at 328 1st Ave E., Oneonta, Alabama. They have also decided to become a BHA Retail Store Partner. Steve has not annouced his Grand Opening dates yet but we will post when he does.

Alabama Hog Control is New BHA Sponsor!

Our own Barry Estes has started a new hog hunting business called Alabama Hog Control located in Prattville, Alabama. Barry offers bow and gun hunts both day and night. Check out his website at

If you have a problem with hogs on his property Barry offers a great solution to that…..HIM. He will gladly come in to your property and help you with that. Read more about his services at:

Alabama to Open Tuscaloosa Community Archery Park March 19

Alabama’s ninth community archery park will hold its grand opening at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The facility includes an 11-target adult range from 15 to 80 yards, an eight-target youth range of five to 20 yards, a four-target range of 10 to 40 yards with a 12-foot platform and a 10-target walking course.

The archery facility is located in Faucett Brothers Park, 13040 Eugenia Faucett Dr., Northport, Ala. 35476. The park will be open year-round during daylight hours for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programming.

Day use of the park is free for those under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age. Alabamians ages 16 to 64 must have a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area license, or Wildlife Heritage license in order to shoot. For non-residents, an annual Wildlife Management Area license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at

The Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority will offer archery classes at the park this spring. For more information, contact archery instructor Mark Harrison at 205-331-5600, by email at, or visit

The Tuscaloosa archery park joins eight others currently in operation including Athens, Cullman, Dothan, Demopolis, Decatur, Heflin, Lincoln and Ozark. These facilities are one component of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) effort to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery.

The Tuscaloosa Community Archery Park was made possible by the following sponsors: ADCNR’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Archery Trade Association and the City of Tuscaloosa.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR,

‘Mr. Compound Bow,’ Tom Jennings Passes

Mr. Tom Jennings

Mr. Tom Jennings

Word was received late yesterday afternoon of the death of archery industry pioneer bowmaker Tom Jennings, affectionately known by the moniker “Mr. Compound Bow,” for his decades of innovative bow designs with the Jennings Compound Bow company and subsequent collaborations with other manufacturers. Mr. Jennings, who had been in failing health for several months after suffering a broken hip in 2012, passed away at the home of his stepson, Matt Cavanaugh, in Columbia, Mo. around 4:00 p.m. Feb. 25. Prior to his recent physical problems, Mr. Jennings spent the past decade at his home on the Honduras coast.

Mr. Jennings was 88.

A 1999 inductee in the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Jennings built his first bow in 1936 at the age of 12. His was the first company licensed under the H. Wilbur Allen patent to manufacture the Jennings Compound Bow. His were the first 2- and 4-wheel compounds commercially produced and marketed.

In keeping with Mr. Jennings’ wishes, there will be no services. Friends report his body will be cremated, with a portion of the remains interred beside those of his late wife, and the remainder scattered near his beloved Honduran home.

Registration Opens for 2013 Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Championship

muzzyPROCTOR, Minn. – Registration has officially opened for the 14th Annual Muzzy Classic & Alabama State Championship bowfishing tournament to be held April 27-28, 2013, in Guntersville, Ala. This popular Bowfishing Association of America (BAA) sanctioned event has guaranteed prize money of $3,500 for 1st place with more places paid based on number of entries. Potential payouts, not including prizes, are: 2nd place $2,500; 3rd place $1,500; 4th place $1,000; 5th place $750 and 6th place $500.

The primary tournament is a Big-20 format with boat limits of three grass carp and 15 buffalo fish. No catfish are allowed. Participants will also have the opportunity to win a new bow or another exciting prize for bringing in the heaviest carp, the longest gar, the heaviest grass carp or the heaviest buffalo. This is a two- or three-man tournament with $150 entry fee.

Last year, Tommy Woods, Scott Baxter and Mathew McCrary won the event with a whopping 439.6 lbs., and as a result, the trio is already registered to defend their title. Pre-registration for this year’s event will be conducted up to 72 hours prior to the tournament. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as teams leave in the order that they register. Regular registration will be conducted at the tournament site, Harbor Marina in Guntersville between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the day of the event, with a mandatory meeting at the launch site for all teams at 6:30 p.m. The tournament runs from 7 p.m. April 27th through 7 a.m. April 28th.

For information on the tournament visit, and download the flier, rules and entry form. Registration entries can be mailed to: Muzzy Products Corp., Attn: Muzzy Classic, 110 Beasley Rd. SW, Carterville, GA 30120.

Founded in 1984, Muzzy is the number-one name in fixed-blade broadheads, and it is a pioneer in the art of bowfishing. A division of Feradyne Outdoors, Muzzy is headquartered in Proctor, MN, and its manufacturing facility is located in Cartersville, GA. For more information on the full line of Muzzy’s fixed-blade broadheads and state-of-the-art bowfishing equipment, contact Muzzy Outdoors, LLC, 110 Beasley Rd., Cartersville, GA 30120; call (770) 387-9300; or visit

Possible Extension of 2014 Deer Season

A proposal for an extended 2014 February deer season will be presented to the Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) at its meeting on February 9, but it will not be voted on until a future meeting. Advisory board rules require that no regulation is voted on during the same meeting it is introduced. This is to give the board time to hear feedback from the public and do any necessary research on the issue. The boundaries for the proposed extension in southwest Alabama are still being fine-tuned and will not be revealed until the February 9 meeting. The CAB meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery and begins at 9 a.m. Those wishing to address the board must register between 8-8:30 a.m. The proposed extension refers to the 2014 season, and not the 2013 season. Deer season will end as scheduled on Thursday, January 31, 2013,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr.

Archery Unlimited Recognized

Congrats to Rick @ Archery Unlimited in Prattville for winning Mathews Top 100 Retailer!  Archery Unlimited has been

Mathews Top 100 Retailers

Mathews Top 100 Retailers

provided much appreciated spnsorship support for over 10 years.  It is well deserved and indicative to the outstanding

service Archery Unlimited provides to thier clients and our members.  We congratulate you and thank you at the same time.

Outdoor Alabama mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!

Introducing the Outdoor Alabama mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!

This app has lots of great features including the ability to report your harvest, hunting and fishing regulations, fish identification, a personalized Trophy Case for logging and sharing your harvest with friends, and Near Me mapping for locating WMAs.

No Android version yet. If that changes, we’ll let you know!

SZ News: Ironmen Ministries are hosting a 3D Pop-Up Tourney

“Ironmen Ministries” are hosting a 3D pop up tournament at the Little River State Park near Atmore/Monroeville on October 13th. There will also be a free fishing day for special needs and handicapped children. Several of the Buckmasters and a couple of the guys from the top shots tv show are supposed to be there as well. The local car club is going to have a car show there for everyone to enjoy. There will also be plenty of food for everyone.

Viral Disease Detected in N. Florida Deer

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Source: The Archery Wire

Florida is the latest state to report the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in its whitetail deer herd. This viral disease has been confirmed in two deer and suspected in at least 10 others from North Florida that were examined this year.

EHD is an insect-borne disease, transmitted to deer by small biting flies known as midges or “no-see-ums.” The disease can cause illness or death in individual deer but should disappear when freezing temperatures halt insect activity. EHD cannot be transmitted to humans or pets; however, as a general rule, people should avoid consuming sick or unhealthy deer.

“This is a disease that you typically see in late summer or the fall, and it often occurs after periods of drought,” said Dr. Mark Cunningham, wildlife veterinarian for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “The good news is we don’t expect long-term impacts to our state’s deer herd.”

Deer infected with EHD may have pronounced swelling of the head, neck, and tongue, and often have large ulcers in the mouth. Infected deer are often found near water and may be lethargic, lame and emaciated.

The FWC is monitoring the health of the state’s deer herd and is examining deer for EHD and other diseases. Sightings of sick or dead deer can be reported to the FWC by calling 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282), which is the state’s chronic wasting disease hotline number.

In addition to Florida, at least 12 other states are reporting EHD cases.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to National Roadless Rule

October 2, 2012

Source: The Outdoor Wire

WASHINGTON – Monday morning’s decision by the Supreme Court to reject a challenge to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule concludes a nearly decade-long legal battle over the management of inventoried roadless areas, sustaining valuable fish and wildlife habitat and unique public-lands hunting and fishing opportunities, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership announced Monday.

The so-called “road-less rule” is a multiple-use national forest management regulation designed to limit road building and timber harvest on undeveloped public lands managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rule determines the management of 45 million acres of national forests and grasslands outside of Idaho and Colorado.

Monday’s decision resolves legal uncertainty surrounding the rule and denies a challenge brought by the state of Wyoming and Colorado Mining Association, which claimed that the rule unduly impacts industrial development.

A broad cross-section of sportsmen, conservationists and recreationists has consistently voiced its support of conservation of road-less areas and the outdoor opportunities they foster. The TRCP, which has led a coalition of hunters and anglers in promoting responsible road-less area management, declared today’s determination a victory for sportsmen.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court affirms the value of back-country areas in sustaining healthy and secure habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Joel Webster, director of the TRCP Center for Western Lands. “These are values hunters and anglers both have benefited from and supported for years.

“Sound road-less conservation policies safeguard big-game habitat security, productive trout and salmon fisheries and our sporting traditions,” Webster continued. “The 2001 road-less rule remains a strong mechanism for conserving America’s outdoor heritage. With the fall hunting season upon us, sportsmen can celebrate this legal victory by enjoying our favorite pastimes on America’s prime publicly owned hunting and fishing lands.”

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.