Archery 101: Safety First

No matter what kind of weapon that you fancy and want to get your kids involved.
Be sure to teach them the importances of safety, whether it’s a pistol lesson or an archery lesson, this should come as no surprise.
We don’t normally like to point fingers at peoples mistake, but this father did not watch what his son was doing while setting up an archery target.
Watch as this father is almost hit by his son’s arrow in this awful archery lesson that has gone wrong.

While the father was setting up the archery target, he was not aware his son was taking aim at that very same target.
As in firearms training, no one touches the weapon if someone is downrange setting up targets.
This father was very lucky that his son hit the target not his head. Very close call.
Again, passing on the enjoyment of archery is great, but please bear in mind safety must be the paramount lesson before letting them touch the bow and arrows.

Team Mathews Dominates World Cup Championship & Sweeps Women’s Division in Vegas



Las Vegas, Nevada – Mathews Pros, Jesse Broadwater and Tanja Jensen, won men’s (Broadwater) and women’s (Jensen) compound Indoor Archery World Cup Champion titles at the series finale on Saturday at the 2017 Vegas Shoot.

Broadwater edged out reigning World Archery Field Champion, Steve Anderson, 146 to 145 points in front of the capacity crowd at the South Point arena. “It was extremely intense making it to the Gold match,” said Broadwater. “Everybody is shooting at such a high level, but I felt very confident. My setup has been pounding, so I knew all I had to do was be patient and do my best.”

Coming off a big win at the qualifying tournament in Nimes, Tanja Jensen, dominated the women’s World Archery event, shooting a perfect 600 going into the Gold Match. She then shot five consecutive 10s in the final round to defeat Andrea Marco for the World Cup Championship title.

Jensen then went on to cap off the weekend by finishing the three-day Vegas Shoot with a perfect 900. Team Mathews swept the women’s division with Sharon Carpenter coming in second and Holly Larson in third. “I was nervous, but my equipment performed flawlessly,” said Jensen. “Winning both events was more than I could have hoped for.”  

Both Broadwater and Jensen were competing with the top 16 shooters in their division after four qualifying World Cup events in Marrakesh, Bangkok, Nimes and the first two days of the Vegas event. “We couldn’t be more excited for Jesse and Tanja,” said Derek Phillips, Mathews Pro Staff Manager. “They both train hard and deserve this big win.”



Las Vegas, Nevada – Mathews Pros, Tanja Jensen, Sharon Carpenter and Holly Larson, swept the podium in the women’s compound division at the 2017 Las Vegas Championship on Sunday at South Point arena. Tanja Jensen delivered an amazing performance, as she became only the third women in history to score a perfect 900 over the three-day event.

Jensen, coming off a big win in Nimes last month, also took the Indoor World Cup Championship at South Point on Saturday night. After four qualifying events in Marrakesh, Bangkok, Nimes and Las Vegas she advanced to the finals to compete against the top 16 shooters in her division, where she defeated Andrea Marco for the series title.

Jensen was on top of her game in both events, shooting a total of 76 Xs. “I was pretty nervous,” said Jensen. “But my equipment performed flawlessly, and I was able to stay focused. I’m so happy to have won with the other women on my team.”

This marks two years in a row for Team Mathews in the women’s event. Jensen’s friend and training partner, Sarah Sonnichsen won the 2016 World Cup Final.

“We are so proud of Tanja, Sharon and Holly,” said Derek Phillips, Mathews Pro Staff Manager. “They’re tough competitors and it was great to see them all on the podium together.”



About Mathews Archery

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Levi Morgan Back at Mathews

Ten-time Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan, returns to Mathews’ Pro Staff more confident than ever.

levi-morgan“When you’re competing at this level, consistency is everything. I need to go into every tournament knowing my bow will hold its tune.” says Morgan. “That’s what I had with Mathews for 15 years. They make the best tuning, most accurate bows in the world.”

Born and raised in Rosman, North Carolina, Morgan began competing in archery tournaments at age six. Since first signing with Mathews at age 18, he has become one of the most decorated archers of all-time. His long list of accomplishments includes 8 World Championships, 40 National Championships, 10 Shooter of the Years, 3 Triple Crowns, and 10 World Records.

“I was super impressed with Mathews’ new target bows,” says Morgan, “I shot perfect scores on my first three rounds shooting the new TRX, which has made me more confident than ever going into this season.”

Morgan, and his wife Samantha, return to Mathews’ dominant Pro Staff just one month after 5 time World Cup Champion, Jesse Broadwater, also joined the team shooting the new TRX.

“Levi Morgan is the best 3D shooter of this century and we’re excited to have him back,” says Mathews Pro Staff Manager, Derek Phillips. “I think it speaks volumes to what we have created for our new target line. It’s catching a lot of attention from the best competitors in target archery.” The Morgans also return to Mathews’ Hunting Pro Staff, hosting the Sportsman Channel’s show, “Name the Game”.

On the hunting side, Morgan is shooting the new Halon 32, while Samantha is shooting the 2017 AVAIL, Mathews’ all-new women’s bow.

Follow Levi, Samantha and the rest of Team Mathews through the 2017 tournament season on Mathew’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Mathews Archery

Mathews Archery has been committed to elevating the archery experience for over 25 years. All Mathews bows are designed and built in Sparta, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and distributed through independent retailers around the world. Experience the full line of premier target and hunting bows at

A Deer Hunt

[su_heading size=”35″ margin=”0″]A Deer Hunt[/su_heading]

Story and photographs by Walt Hampton

[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”6″]S[/su_dropcap]he was a big old doe, with that long head and thick, squared-up body; she conducted herself with a caution and attention not seen in the younger deer. She was alone with no trailing fawns; they had been weaned and were off seeking their own way, and she was only concerned with the white oak acorns at her feet. Hidden in a pile of brush, just an odd-shaped stump, nothing to worry about here, I watched her, had been watching her, as she had first appeared and while she worked the thicket, first out of range, now closer, now close enough. I had hoped for a shot that she would never detect, but of that I was disappointed; at the moment of truth she suddenly turned her head toward me and the arrow was away and that was that.

The first deer of the year is always for me a jolt back in time to the very first one, decades ago— the nerves, the concentration, the frost on my boots, the first crows of the morning, the sun just painting the tops of the trees. I do not expect anyone else to understand why I am here and what I am doing — if you do not hunt, you cannot conceive the concept. This is one human endeavor that must be experienced, that cannot be told in words. It is life. It is my life.

She wheeled and smashed her way through the brush that was impenetrable, through the blackberry and catclaw that would stop a tractor, and in an instant she was gone, but the crashing I could still hear — then the last crash and silence. I played it over in my mind, seeing it all again and I knew I had done it right. I fished a cigar from my pocket and gave her the time that she, and I, needed.

When the cigar was done I gathered my things and found the blood where she had disappeared. With care I worked out the trail as so many I have worked out in the past, slowly, listening and watching. She left the thicket and crossed the heavily frosted broomsage corner, down, always down, toward the creek. It was in the creek I found her and relief washed over me, and joy and yes, a moment’s regret — but just a moment. She was living and beautiful and now she was meat and it wasn’t really pride I felt so much as accomplishment and gratitude — that’s as close as I can get you to where I was this morning, standing beside 2015s first deer, in frosted grass to my knees, and the sun just hitting my shoulders and two chickadees greedily pecking the blood on the dead leaves.
That is a deer hunt. ASJ