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A Day in the Life

Posted: June 23, 2016 in Practice & Tips

This week I put together a video on a day in my life with some tips for your archery practice. Hope you enjoy. I’ll be traveling the next two weekends for tournaments, but will post again soon. Thanks for watching.


This is my first official vlog for Urban Archer. Thanks for you patience as I switch from writing to video. I’m confident the videos will get better and better and I get more comfortable with the filming and editing.

3D is so different from indoor competitions, but I’m learning some great techniques to be successful along the way. Right now, my top tips for 3D are practice, practice, practice. Soon I’ll blog about what to do when you can’t see that 12 ring due to shadowing or the positioning of the animal.

Enjoy, Culli

I know it’s been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. I’ve traveled so much over the past few months, I decided to take a month off of blogging while I had a break in travel. Last weekend was the ASA 3D tournament in Augusta, GA. It was a beautiful spot and a lot of fun to see friends I’ve made from other tournaments and meet new ones. Taking second place to my friend Luke wasn’t bad either. 3D is a great switch up from indoor for the summer . . . until it gets really hot. Adding temperature, humidity and constant location and target changes to the list of variables in your shooting certainly keeps you on your toes in 3D tournaments.

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In other news, I’ve been homeschooling the past three years and it’s given me the opportunity to blog much more often, but next year I’m going back to public school. Don’t worry, it’s not going to change my travel schedule for tournaments. My mom is all about sending in those educational excused absence forms. So I have decided to start doing videos. Below is my first shot at this.  Thanks for your patience while I get used to putting myself out there and not hiding behind words and getting them posted after I edit them.

Thank you to everyone who reads (and now watches) my blog. Family, friend or sponsor you are all vital in helping me make it to tournaments. Your encouragement and support mean a lot to me.


Another Key

Posted: September 21, 2015 in Hunting, Practice & Tips

My Dad declared this weekend that I might be the most patient ten-year old around. During the weekend, I waited quietly in a tree stand scanning and listening for a deer to pass by for over nine hours combined. Unfortunately, the first half without even spotting a deer and the last half noticing only a few, but never having the opportunity for a shot. Granted, bow hunting is much tougher than hunting with a gun. Last week I wrote about the importance of preparation as deer season approaches. Organizing one’s things and being prepared is essential, but this week I want to talk about another key to successful hunting. Perseverance is another important quality that a dedicated hunter must have. The dictionary defines perseverance as, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; having persistence, determination and staying power”. Over the past few years, I have discovered bow hunting is a sport that requires an abundant amount of persistence.

While you wait and wait and in the tree stand there are many things you can do to efficiently pass the time. Studying and gathering information on the movement of the deer, not only from your trail cameras, but with an alert gaze makes the time go by faster and not seem wasted. Planning for obstacles that may arise when you are taking aim and strategizing ways to overcome them is another great way to pass time. Additionally, as you are sitting quietly in a tree stand while the forest is waking up, it’s exhilarating and exciting to listen to all the sounds of the forest. This weekend the deep woods were so alive and active, we never had a moment of silence. Although there is also my “spit game” where I try to wangle my spit into the holes in the floor of the deer stand without it touching the edges, but that’s not quite as efficient as the ones I mentioned above.

Another weekend, another failed attempt. My family and friends are seriously craving the deer jerky my parents make from the deer we harvest. Since the freezer is already empty from last year’s hunt, I better start praying that my preparation and persistence start paying off.

But as for you, be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded.

2 Chronicles 15:7

Preparation is Key

Posted: September 15, 2015 in Hunting, Practice & Tips


As most of you know, last Saturday was opening day of North Carolina bow season. Sadly, I couldn’t go. Opening day came in a flash. My dad and I were not adequately prepared because my former hunting bow sold later than expected and I’m still waiting for my new camo Matthews Chill SDX to arrive. Since my other bow and sight are set for shooting indoor archery, I didn’t want to fiddle with it or I would have used that one. Along with not having my hunting bow, my dad and I had not spread any deer corn or put any tree stands up at the local land we hunt. This is a must! Being prepared is vital in the sport of deer hunting if you desire to be successful.

As we set out to the local land, which our friend Mr. Kurt owns, the weather had cooled off quite a bit from the anticipated cold front. I could feel fall in the air. Quickly hopping out of the truck I could hear the soft rustle of wings fluttering as the birds took off from the tree tops. Grabbing the corn and wildly spreading it I would smell the earthly soil beneath our feet. When I imagine the deer coming to nibble on the corn in the early a.m. or late evening I wonder how it must taste to them. I enjoy buttery corn on the cob too, but not dry grainy corn. Last but not least, my dad and I pulled the metal tree stand up the ladder. I could feel the cool metal in my hand as I passed it up to my dad for the perfect placement. I’m excited about the brush covered spot we chose and now that we have put everything in place and had time to strategically prepare, I’m confident we will have a successful 2015 deer season.

Along with our great debate on which bow company is the best, my Dad and I also have a great debate about our camo gear. Recently, I purchased some Sitka gear with the Christmas money I received, but my dad decided to buy FirstLite. We have been going back and forth about whose gear was better and why for some time. It’s all in fun, but one afternoon last week I decided to run some tests and determine the winner. Yes, this is what I do in my free time.

Disclaimer: this test was only run in my bad yard during the month of May when foliage was well in bloom. I have converted the pictures to black and white because that is how deer would view the scene.

So, let’s take a look. In the pictures below, I placed the jackets in the middle of the tree under the foliage. You will see that the gear in the picture on the right stands out much more than the one on the left.

Sitka won this round. Take a look at the next group of pictures.

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This was taken in my back yard. Once again, if you look to the left of the white fence you will notice the camo gear on the left, but not the right. Sitka won AGAIN! FirstLite is generally made for late season deer hunting when the leaves have fallen off the trees and the foliage is more sparse. Hunting any other time, it would seem Sitka is best. Let’s take a look at one more set of pictures.

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With FirstLite on the left below and Sitka on the right, it’s clear that Sitka stands out as the winner in this test. I’ll continue to do test pictures in different terrains and seasons to determine the overall best and post my thoughts here. In the meantime Dad, Sitka wins. If I’m right about this one, I bet I’m right about Matthews being the best bow too. 🙂

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Gobbler Season

Posted: April 1, 2015 in Hunting, Practice & Tips

This is the sight I hope to see this weekend as I prepare to go turkey hunting for the first time. I know it will be a lot more challenging to get one with my bow, but that’s my goal. My dad got a youth pass for me to go this weekend and I’m so excited that I’m finding it difficult to think about anything else. I’ve been preparing for a few weeks by doing several things to help me accomplish my goal of getting a turkey this season.

First, we had to a do a little shopping. We didn’t have any turkey calls or decoys and although my dad can do a great turkey call with his mouth, I can’t. I’ve been practicing with two different calls we bought at a local hunting store. After listening to different turkey calls on this great iPad app we found called Turkey Callin, I practice with my mouth call and the box call.

I’ve also been practicing shooting my bow while sitting in my blind. This is new for me because shooting my bow from a seated position is not what I normally do. I set my blind in the driveway and shoot at my 3D turkey target ranging from 20-25 yards.

Finally, I’ve been reading many magazines articles about turkey behavior, shot placement and how to get close to them without being noticed since they have extremely good eye sight.

I”m hoping that all this research and practice will pay off and I will be able to harvest my first turkey this year. Stay tuned for next week’s blog where I’ll fill you in on my turkey adventures.