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May 20, 2013

Bowhunters take aim at Anderson for June competitive event

Archery event set for Athletic Park

ANDERSON, Ind. — After a six-year absence, competitive archery is returning to Anderson next month.

Richard “Dick” Pintcke said he founded Regions Archery Inc. early this year to promote the Regions Archery Bowhunters Pro/Am tour.

Events are organized around six regions, he said, to make the sport more affordable and inclusive.

The program is based on a 3D concept, using facsimile animals as targets at various distances from the shooter. In some cases, the animals will actually “pop-up,” and a shooter will have a certain amount of time to aim and fire. Shots are then scored according to a standard scoring protocol.

“Bringing the tour to shooters will provide a much more affordable and less time-constraining experience,” Pintcke said. “The high cost of travel has made it prohibitive, but now more shooters will be able to participate affordably in this exciting sport by keeping it localized to their region.”

Much of the action for the June 21-23 event will take place at Athletic Park. In addition to the shooting ranges, there will be a tournament village where sponsors and venders will be able to showcase their products, Pintcke said. In addition, spectators will be able to view live feeds of the contests and filmed shoots from previous events.

Anderson will be the second of three events Pintcke has scheduled this year.

Ultimately his goal is to have 26 events in six regions complete with three televised events during that period.

Pintcke said he expects between 500 and 600 archers will attend the event, adding that lodging and food and beverage sales will pump an estimated $400,000 into the local economy.

“We are excited to once again be able to showcase the city of Anderson as a national sporting venue, and to give Andersonians another opportunity to see top nationally recognized professional archers in their hometown, said Human Resources Director Wayne Huffman.

Anderson hosted the International Bowhunting World Championship in 2007 after signing a two-year contract with the International Bowhunting Organization.

That agreement ended in 2008, and the IBO event is now held in Pennsylvania.

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