Practicing on paper, or even stationary 3D targets helps, but for maintaining the sort of skill set that comes in handy in the field, it’s hard to beat a video targeting system like the one offered at Magnum Sports, located at 6227 S. Greenville Road in Greenville. To help entice archers to get more practice utilizing the system, Magnum is offering league competitions.
According to store manager Rob Young, the first of the 12-week leagues is already under way and more are planned for the future.
“It’s been really popular so far,” Young said. “We have quite a few people signed up for the current league and it’s going well.”
Magnum’s video bowhunting range provides life-like hunting conditions, with filmed live-action scenes projected onto a 10-foot by 12-foot screen.
Archers fire at the screen using their own bows and arrows, specially tipped to allow accurate tracking by sensors.
The video projection features target animals ranging from small game, birds and deer, all the way up to the sort of game generally encountered only in an African safari.
The current league has been operating for about three weeks. According to Young, about 16 shooters take part each week, competing as two-person teams.
“After this 12-week league ends, we’re going to start another right away,” Young said. “Also, we’re trying to get a league together for kids ages 12 to 15. It would give them something fun to do after school.”
Store owner Kevin Martin said that, based on the success of the program so far, he expected it would continue year-around and likely expand in the future.
Young added that the video shooting range could also be used with handguns and rifles.
“We use guns that shoot a laser at the target that registers with the system,” Young said. “We’ll be starting leagues for handguns and rifles soon, probably.”
Registration for the video archery league is $20 per person, with an additional $8 charge each week.
Call Magnum Sports at (616) 712-6162 for more information.