Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

MAYFLOWER – The Arkansas Bowhunters Association will be hosting their annual Fall Championship and Bowhunter Bonanza in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Camp Robinson Special Use Area from September 18-19. Anyone interested in 3D archery and joining a group of avid archers is welcome.

Taking part in a 3D archery tournament can provide the finishing touches to your practice before heading to the woods on September 25 for the opening day of the statewide archery season. . Along with shooting realistic, life-size targets, competitive shooting can add that little edge an archery hunter will feel when drawing on the real thing.

The ABA partners with the AGFC to promote and coordinate urban archery hunts throughout Arkansas, and many of its volunteers teach archery education to participants of these hunts in order to ensure a safe and ethical harvest of deer in areas where human / deer conflict occurs.

According to Carrie Crawford, the association’s field governor in Arkansas and a master instructor for the International Archery Education Program, 14 divisions are available for shooting.

“Everyone from young children to the elderly has a division to shoot in,” Crawford said. “We also separate the divisions depending on the type of bow you’re shooting. Compound bows, recurve bows, and longbows all have their own divisions in which to compete.

Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The special competitions for young people include three age groups (up to 8 years old, 9 to 12 years old and 13 to 15 years old). All youth 12 and under have no registration fee to participate.

Crawford said each participant will be able to shoot 20 targets on Saturday and a different set of 20 targets on Sunday to determine the ranking. If someone doesn’t want to shoot both days, they can only shoot one round, but they won’t be eligible for the last shot and Sunday’s rewards.

The ABA Special Bowhunter Bonanza will take place in addition to the tournament, with 10 targets set at unknown distances for people to shoot. Each participant must wear at least one camouflage garment (hat, shirt or pants) and will be entered in the draw for a hunter’s prize. Traditional (longbows and recurve bows) and modern (compound bows) will each have their own awarded prize package. Door prizes will also be offered to participants on Sunday.

The shooting hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Archers can come anytime during the shoot to participate.

“We’ll end with a shootout in each division at 2:00 pm Sunday and then give out prizes,” Crawford said. The combined scores of the two days will determine the winner of each division.

Visit or call Crawford at 501-733-9126 for more information on shooting and other archery events coordinated by the ABA.