Big Sky Open attracts archers

Archers from around the U.S. will descend upon Grand Junction from June 13-15 for the 34th Big Sky Archery Open at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The $20,000 Open is hosted by a small group of target archers and endorsed by the Grand Mesa Bowmen.

The Big Sky Open is a three-day target tournament that draws both professional and amateur archers, including some of the best-known names in archery.

All compete on the same field, featuring an outdoor V-Formation format shooting from 20 to 65 yards at multi-colored targets similar to those used in the Olympics.

Divisions include men’s/women’s championship (various styles separated) for guaranteed cash purses; men’s/women’s flights (varied styles shooting together, separated by scores) for cash awards; and male/female youth (17 and under separated by style) for trophy awards.

Archers eager to participate in the Big Sky Open but not in the individual events can test their accuracy skills in the “GoForIt” clay pigeon event at 5:30 p.m. June 13.

This event is a separate individual competition. It might sound easy, but at 65 yards, a clay pigeon isn’t a very large object to hit and in 33 years of Big Sky Open competition there have been only 10 perfect rounds.

A “Shoot-Down” is scheduled for Saturday afternoon on the clay pigeons. This is an elimination event, with guaranteed money going to the “last archers standing” in the pro division, women’s division and the flight divisions.

Last year’s Big Sky “Shoot-down” was won by pro archer Steve Anderson of Utah.

June 14 will see the first round of individual competition on the colored targets for all styles of shooting.

Each competitor gets three arrows per target, with a possible perfect score of 600 per day.

Sponsors for the Big Sky Open include Gordon Composites of Montrose; Sportsman’s Warehouse; Perri’s Collision & Repair Center of Grand Junction; Rocky Mountain Gun Club of Grand Junction; Mathews, Inc.; Specialty Archery Products; Jake’s Archery; American Whitetail, Inc; and US Archer magazine.

For information, go to http://www.bigskyarcheryopen.com or call 970-243-1319.


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