Kevin & Carol travelled to Blenheim for the annual NZBS Annual Tournament on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, hosted by the Marlborough Bowhunters Club. With two rounds of shooting over two days it was a great chance to catch up with friends and meet new bowhunters from around the country. The Annual Awards Dinner is a night to recognize some great shooting and hunting achievements with tournament and hunting trophies being awarded. One of the highlights for us was seeing so many customers being acknowledged for their success, especially the juniors. Olivia Horsley won the Notable Achievement Award for being the youngest woman to claim a deer (fallow hind) at age 14. Mitch Hansen placed second in the cubs for the weekend with a broken arm and also 3rd in Junior Bowhunter of the Year. Big brother Cooper Hansen cleaned up winning the Open Division for the weekend and bunch of game trophies for the year got him over the line for Junior Bowhunter of the Year. Hector Mc Neilly was a first time entrant and came away with a win in the Junior division. Roger Pearce, Brent Anstis and Cooper Hansen were 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the Most Deer taken for the year, 35, 16 and 12. That’s a new NZBS record for Roger, fantastic achievement!

Congratulations to Advanced Archery Staff Shooters, Matt Willis and Philip Bullivant who were honoured as Lifetime Members of the Society. We’re super proud to have had a long association with Matt & Philip as they have worked to promote bowhunting in New Zealand.

 Philip Bullivant Fallow
Philip Bullivant


Matt Willis

This is the first year rangefinders and rangefinding sights have been allowed for use in the Open Division. These have become essential tools for many bowhunters as they eliminate the issue of using the incorrect pin setting for the distance. So it’s great to see the Open division is a reflection of what the wider bowhunting community is doing.

Every year the NZBS collects stats on the game members have taken which gives an interesting snapshot of bowhunting in New Zealand. For the 2020-2021 year, Mathews bows accounted for 54% of all big game animals. Grim Reaper broadheads were the most popular with 130 animals for the year, ahead of Muzzy with 69 animals.

Other interesting stats include the fact the broadhead passed completely through 78% of all animals taken. A reminder that penetration isn’t the big problem some arrow company advertising might have you believe! The distance of the first hit varied from 1m (imagine that!?!) to 75m, the average being 23.10m. The lightest bow weight used was 30lb.

Staff member Conor is the Area Vice President for the NZBS in Auckland, if you’d like to know how to get involved, give him a call.


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