Norton bow hunter sets sights on world archery championships
Adam Jarvis says he's 'lucky' to represent Canada on the world stage this fall
Adam Jarvis started shooting when he was 16-years-old.
"My cousin gave me a bow when I was teenager," said Jarvis, now 30. "I learned archery from bow hunting, and from there I got into the competition side of things."
Since then, the Norton man has spent years practicing in the backwoods of New Brunswick, taking aim at a wide range of wild game.
"I hunt pretty much anything you can hunt in the province, from rabbits to bear, deer and moose," he said. "I eat all of it, and I get a lot of it mounted as taxidermy as well."
For the past four years, Jarvis said, he's also been competing in local and national tournaments as a member of the Sussex Golden Arrows Archery Club.
All the practice has paid off.
Jarvis was recently one of 19 Canadian archers to qualify for The World Archery 3D Championships in Robion, France. The championships, held from Sept. 19-24, 2017, will bring archers from 25 countries to compete in Luberon Region Natural Park, a historic hillside village in Provence. The finals will be live streamed on the event site.
Only the top three Canadian shooters in each category are selected.
Jarvis and Bathurst-area shooter Wayne Christie, are the first-ever New Brunswickers to represent Canada in 3D archery.
Life-sized foam animals
In 3D archery, shooters make their way through unpredictable forest terrain to shoot at realistic, life-sized foam models of animals.
"They're set [at a] random distance anywhere from zero to 50 metres and you have to guess the yardage," said Jarvis. "They range anywhere from a squirrel-sized animal up to a moose or an elk."
Originally designed as a way for hunters to practice in the off-season, 3D archery has developed into a separate, highly-competitive sport. According to 3D Worlds team manager Rene Schaub, it's much more difficult than traditional target shooting.
"Target shooting is on a level field, you know the distance, there's a windsock to tell you the direction of the wind," Schaub said. "There are no unknowns. [With 3D] you go in the bush, you're shooting uphill, downhill, across canyons."
"It's just really neat. Now a lot of people who are shooting 3D don't even hunt, they just like the style of shooting."
While a lot of people in New Brunswick aren't familiar with the sport, Jarvis said, "there a lot of very good archers in this province."
The Sussex Golden Arrows Archery Club has a growing membership of about 40 shooters, and
"there are over 500 people in the NB Archery Association.
"We get people there from age five to age 85," said Jarvis. "The whole family can do it together and getting into it isn't too expensive."
"It's all good people and we just like to have fun, first and foremost."
In preparation for the World Championships Jarvis will travel to Amos, Quebec from Aug. 3-6 to compete in the 2017 Canadian 3D Championships.
As a father of two with a busy day job in construction, he said he doesn't necessarily expect to win.
This will also be his first-ever international competition.
"I'll do my best, but the people I'm shooting against do it for a living," he said. "They get up every day and that's what they do for a job.
"I feel lucky I get to do this for even a couple of hours a week."