Monitor Staff Writer
QUITMAN–Kemp resident Keith Foisey was named Texas’ 1st Place Archer when he achieved 375 points out of a possible 450 at Deerman’s 3-D True Hunting Experience (THE) archery contest in Quitman May 3.
As the state’s winner, Foisey will compete at the World Championship set for July 18-19 in Ada, Okla.
“I started shooting 3-D targets in February at On Target Archery in Canton on Saturdays,” Foisey said. “The course consists of 30 targets.”
The On Target Archery owner encouraged Foisey to shoot in the tournament in Quitman.
After some debate, Foisey and his wife, Sue, decided to make the drive to the piney woods at 7 a.m. and were surprised to see a banner welcoming them to the 2015 State Championship.
“Everyone had nice big bows and I had a used bow I bought from a guy in Kentucky,” Foisey said.
When asked what class he was in, Foisey didn’t know. It was finally decided he would enter the 30-yard class since that is what he practiced at On Target Archery.
Foisey explained that Deerman’s contest was “true hunting” targets. “It was like hunting in the woods,” he said.
Shots that wound an animal, allowing it to get away and perhaps die a slow and agonizing death receive negative point values. Foisey was told to just shoot for true kills, as he would on a hunting expedition. He did and was the top scorer in his event that day, winning the buckle and prestigious title.
Other upcoming contests allow for the accumulation of points over the season of events.
As awards were being announced, Foisey congratulated those being recognized for their marksmanship. But then Sue told him his name was called.
“I thought they were calling me to the podium to give me a certificate or participation ribbon,” Foisey said. “I was blown away when the founder, Jim Gould, announced I was the State Champion for 30 Yards.”
Foisey received a belt buckle engraved Deerman’s THE 3-D TX State 1st Place.