ORANGE and District Bowhunters Club shooter Alex Fowler is confident home knowledge and a recent purple patch in the sport will net the 17-year-old a top three finish in the club’s annual Walkbout Shoot this weekend.
Fowler will compete in the freestyle unlimited flight one in seniors coming off the back of a string of recent top-two finishes.
Competing for five years but beginning his love of the sport 15 years ago, the butcher said bowhunting was as much about competitiveness as it was being active and “enjoying the bush”.
Fowler’s intimate knowledge of the Lewis Ponds course will benefit his top-three aspirations.
“There’s a lot of up and down hill shots through some nice scrubby areas,” Fowler explains.
“There’s one good course that’s nice and flat. I enjoy getting out there and enjoying the bush. It’s good to see the different scenery you don’t get in town.
“I hope to finish in the top three. The last couple of shoots I’ve been coming in the top two anyway.
“It should be a good competition.”
Running for 32 years, the Walkabout Shoot is the club’s biggest event.
Competition will begin today from 8.30am before champions in the shoot’s respective divisions are crowned tomorrow.
Fowler said the club has a strong chance of earning a number of podium finishes despite competition from Forbes, Cowra, Young and a vast array of Sydney-based clubs providing the home shooters with their toughest challenge of the season.
“I hope the Orange juniors go quite well. There’s probably a handful of kids that should get in the top three,” Fowler said.
“This is one of our biggest shoots. There’s a lot of people who compete in higher competitions but it goes alright.”