April 26th- April 28th 2024
Open to the public
more information to follow
***************************SELF BOWS ONLY***********************
**********NO COMPOUND OR LAMINATED TRADITIONAL BOWS******
Self-bows are made from a single piece or 2 pieces of wood spliced together at the handle. Natural backings such as sinew and rawhide are allowed.
Arrows from natural materials such as wood or river cane are the only types of arrows allowed.
Arrows used in competitions must be self-nock. EXCEPTIONS in equipment will be made for children who can shoot any form of stickbow and arrows
FRIDAY APRIL 21st
OPENS AT 2PM
$20.00 FOR SHOOTING THE WEEKEND
$10.00 FOR ONE DAY
Boss gobbler- OPEN TO ONLY HAWKEYE MEMBERS may compete as long as bow is a self bow non laminated and self nocked arrows. Winner from previous year runs the shoot. Each participant shoots at specific target hit it and you advance miss and you are out.
Contestants usually move back and shoot again until there is only one shooter left. Winner receives a beautiful box Turkey call and diary along with bragging rights to best primitive shooter. This is a traveling call and must be brought back the next year along with diary of what you did with the call either hunting or just calling in and photographing turkeys.
11:00 AM(Ish) Follows the Boss Gobble Shoot
The Woods Walk is open to all participants of the Spring Thaw Primitive Shoot, both members and non-members of Hawkeye Bowmen. Hawkeye member Dino Zack will “qualify” six people to participate in the annual Woods Walk. Qualification will consist of shooting multiple 3-D animal targets for score. The archers with the highest scores will join Dino as he leads them through the woods to compete against each other in various mountain man related challenges.
In addition to the required self-bow and self-nock arrows, participants are encouraged to wear period-correct clothing and bring what they might need during a mid-1700 to mid-1800 day trek, e.g., possibles bag, knife, fire kit, tomahawk, their knowledge of the woods, etc.
Each year the Woods Walk follows a different theme that is announced at the start of the event; themes in the past included “Bear Attack”, “Gold Prospecting”, “Ship Wrecked”, and “Stalked by Natives”, to name a few.
Knife and hawk throw: FOLLOWS THE WOODS WALK- there are knife and hawks that can be used by people that don’t have their own. Event is scored and winner receives a plaque and prize. Winner will receive plaque and prize. Any participant of shoot member or non member can compete.
One log fire contest: FOLLOWS THE KNIFE AND HAWK THROW
Each contestant picks out a log from wood pile. That one log must be split and used for entire fire start to finish. In that fire you need to boil about 2 cups of water. First to bring water to a boil wins. You will need a metal cup to boil water in, a flint and steel kit or other primitive method ( fire piston, bow drill etc. ) your own charred cloth and birds nest, and an axe or other item to split your log down. There will be people there to help answer questions and give advice. Plaque and prize awarded. Any participant of shoot can compete member or non member.
Clout shoot FOLLOWS ONE LOG FIRE CONTEST
Each person takes 2 practice shots and then takes 2 shots for score at an 80 yard target. Closest to center wins. Plaque and prize. Any participant of shoot can compete members and non members.
Best camp This is open only to campers and is judged by Rob for best camp. Plaque and prize awarded.
6pm- Potluck dinner