Phil Nelson Challenge

By invitation only

A Thank you for his support for decades to the traditional archery community

Who is Phil Nelson?

If you’ve been into archery for a while, you’ve probably heard of Phil. But if you’re new to the game, you might not have met him yet.

For those interested in traditional archery, Phil was the go-to person for a long time. He started shooting bows as a kid in his backyard and eventually got his first hunting bow at the age of 36 in 1989. The following year, he began shooting 3D archery with a compound bow. In 1994, he crafted his first longbow and by 1995, he opened Phil’s Archery shop where he sold traditional archery supplies and created recurves and longbows that were distributed all over the Maritimes.

Phil’s shop was only open by appointment, but those who visited were able to get their hands on gear and supplies as well as ask Phil any questions they had about traditional archery.

Phil was deeply involved in the Archery Nova Scotia and TAANS Traditional Archery Association, always eager to support traditional archery. His passion and patience for the sport were evident in every interaction. Phil’s passion for archery has led him to be an active member of various archery clubs over the years.

He has been a dedicated member of BANS for 32 years, serving as Treasurer, Secretary, and President at different times.

Similarly, he was a member of TAANS for 28 years and held the position of Director for some time.

At BIANS, Phil has been an Instructor for 24 years and has been the Chairman for the last 15 years.
Currently, he is a proud member of CFB Halifax Archery Club, having been a member of Osprey Archery Club, Musquodoboit Archery Association, and Scotian Bowmen Archery Club in the past.

In 2021, Phil retired from his business and transferred ownership to John Cann and his wife Karen. They established John’s Archery, carrying on Phil’s legacy with the same passion and dedication.

To express their gratitude for Phil’s tireless efforts and unwavering support to the traditional archery community, John’s Archery and Barn Archers collaborated to honour him with an annual shoot named after him – the ‘Phil Nelson Challenge.’

This exclusive event will be Phil’s own shoot, and John’s Archery and Barn Archers will ensure that Phil and his guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience.