By Matt Goisman
McALESTER — An out-of-place carp is just one of the many challenges awaiting anyone who attends the Southern Plains Traditional Archery Tournament this weekend. Archers with recurve bows and longbows will compete Saturday, while archers with homemade bows will compete Sunday.
Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, running until 2 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively. Archers will then have until 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday to finish the 25-target course and turn in a scorecard.
Each target is a life-size animal in a natural setting, such as a deer behind a tree, a ram perched on rocks or a duck flying across the water. Striking the target anywhere — a “wound” — earns two points, while hitting it inside the indicated scoring rings — a “kill” — earns 5 points.
The top five scorecards will qualify for a final shoot-off. Championship belt buckles will be given out in men’s and women’s longbow, recurve and self bow, with a possible additional senior’s class if enough show up.
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