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What the Future Holds for PSE’s Christopher Perkins


PSE's Christopher Perkins

PSE’s Christopher Perkins

Editor’s Note: Christopher Perkins from Athens, Ontario, Canada, has been shooting for PSE for the last 2 years. In 4 weeks, this 20 year old earned $18,000 in two professional archery tournaments – not bad for a summer job. How did he do it, and what has he learned that can help you become a target archer and bowhunter? (Perkins enjoys both sports.)

Question: What’s in the future for you?

Perkins: I’ve got the World Championships next year in Germany. I won it last year, and I’ll go back to try to defend the title. That tournament pays right around $11,000 if you win it. I’ve got to go to Ogden, Utah, in a couple of weeks to shoot Stage Three for the World Cup.

Question: How long do you think you can stay this proficient in target archery?

Perkins: Hopefully a few years. I want to shoot as long as I can. I’m certainly not going to be giving it up in the next little bit. I want to try to perfect my shooting skills. I’m not perfect, that’s for sure. I think I’ve got a long way to go, and I’m going to continue to try to get better.

Question: What do you think would be required for you to become a perfect archer?

Perkins: There’s a lot more tournaments that I need to win. I’m not the best archer I can be yet, and I know that, and it’s going to take some years and some experience for me to continue to get better.

Question: When will you decide that you’re the best archer you can be?

Perkins: I know I’ve got some years ahead of me in shooting. I know I’ve got to compete in more international events and more big tournaments, and I know that I’ve got to win more than what I’ve won in the past.

Question: How will you know when you’ve become a perfect archer?

Perkins: I don’t think archery is a sport that you can be perfect at, although you strive for perfection every time you shoot. You can be a good archer, but you can’t be perfect at it. There’s always going to be mistakes, and there always will be room for improvement. But for me, I don’t have a goal of becoming the perfect archer. My goal is to strive to become the perfect archer, and I think that’s what all the competitive archers do. We’re all running the race to try to reach a finish line that we know we never can reach, but it’s in the striving, the trying, the working and continuing to try to improve and reduce the number of mistakes we make that we have a chance to become the best archers we ever can be.

Question: How does target archery fit into your bowhunting?

Perkins: Target archery fits perfectly into my bowhunting, because archery competitions are primarily held in the spring and summer, and our hunting season in Canada doesn’t start until October. All the competitive shooting is basically over by then, at least for me, so after the tournament archery season is over, I’m tuned up, my bows are tuned up, and I’m ready to go hunting. And, remember, I started shooting target archery so that I could become a better bowhunter, and I think that these sports complement each other. If you want to be a better bowhunter, become a better target archer.

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PSE’s Christopher Perkins Discusses the Other 50 Percent of Target Archery – The Mental Aspect


PSE's Christopher Perkins

PSE’s Christopher Perkins

Question: Christopher, how do you handle the mental aspect of archery?

Perkins: I think the classic example occurred at the Redding Shoot. I was in the shoot off in day 2 and day 3. I think the real secret when you’ve got that much pressure on you at a tournament is to forget all about the tournament, the other competitor, the crowd behind you, where you are in the standings, what a win can mean to you, and what a loss will mean to you. Instead, focus on shooting that one arrow the best you possibly can. In the shoot off, the lad I was competing against missed the dot, so I told myself, “Okay, he missed the dot. All you’ve got to do is to hit the dot. Whether you hit the center, the edge, the top or the bottom, if you hit the dot, the tournament’s over. So just shoot your normal shot at the center of the dot.” Next, I forgot all about just having to hit the dot and focused on shooting for the center of the dot as I always do, and I focused on trying to make the best shot I could make.

Question: What yardage were you shooting?

Perkins: We were shooting at 88 yards. One of the advantages I had was that I’d been in this position previously. Every tournament you enter and every contest that you come close to winning, you feel the same pressure that you’ll feel in a big contest, and that’s the reason that building experience and shooting a lot of different tournaments can help you handle the mental side of the game. You can say to yourself, “I’ve been here before, I’ve performed well before, and I’ve got every reason to believe that I’ll perform that well again.” You also know that you’ve shot consistently all the way through the tournament, and you expect this last shot to be as good as the rest of them have been, if you execute the shot the same way that you’ve executed it before. The real secret to shooting well in a big tournament is to make sure you shoot exactly like you shoot in practice, exactly like you shoot in little tournaments and exactly like you shoot in big tournaments. Then when you get to a major tournament, you reasonably can expect yourself to shoot like you’ve always shot.

Question: How far out do you think you’re accurate with your PSE bow?

Perkins: The dot at 88 yards is 5 cm, which is about 2.5 inches. In target competition, we shoot that same dot at 90 meters, which is 103 yards, and I can hit the dot at that distance.

Question: How do you hold steady shooting at that range? If you breathe wrong, your shot may be off.

Perkins: Breathing is a part of practice. We use a stabilizer, and if your stabilizer is weighted up properly, when you put the pin on the dot at that yardage, the bow should be steady in your hand. You should be able to make the shot, if you follow your shot routine.

Question: What weight of bow are you pulling?

Perkins: I pull 59.5 to 59.9 pounds. You can’t be over 60 pounds, so I want to crowd my poundage as much as I can without going over.

Question: What sight system are you using?

Perkins: I shoot the Axcel AX3000.

Tomorrow: PSE’s Christopher Perkins Wins the Gold Cup

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