Archery tournament draws thousands to west Redding


REDDING, Calif. - Thousands of the best archers in the world took aim this weekend in west Redding during the 31st Western Classic Trailshoot and NFAA National Championship.

The event held each year at Straight Arrow Bow Hunters Inc. on Swasey Drive is the largest marked yardage 3D target tournament in the world.

Archers fired at targets from various distances, the most popular target being a rendition of Big Foot set some 110 hundred yards away.

Participants ranged in every age with males, females and even families getting involved.

The weekend-long event draws competitors from across the country and around the world, flying in from as far away as Australia, Finland and Germany.

Rick King, a board member with Straight Arrow Bow Hunters and an event organizer, said along with the thousands of archers and spectators comes tons of money to Shasta County in the form of food, lodging and other day-to-day expenses.

"There are just people that save up all year and take their vacation to come here and to participate in this tournament," said King. "We have the top shooters in the world, we have the manufacturers that make the bows and all of the equipments. Everybody that shoots archery wants to get involved in a tournament like this."

The tournament is held the first full weekend in May and King said spectators are more than welcome to show up and take it all in.

You can learn more about the tournament on the Straight Arrow Bow Hunters Inc. website.

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