The Phil Nelson Challenge 2023

What an amazing weekend it was! There’s so much to tell.

Everything was set for a thrilling shooting experience for Phil’s guests.
On Saturday, after a delicious homemade breakfast for the early birds, the sign-in started at 11 am. While waiting for the mouth-watering lunch buffet, there was time for a chat and sharing the usual archery stories.

At 1:00 pm, the first round began with a traditional shotgun start signal.
All the archers headed up into the woods, where 20 targets awaited to get shot. All the archers did an exceptional job, and not a single arrow was lost in the woods of French Road. After a refreshing coffee break, all were heading back into the woods for the second round. The weather was perfect, and everyone was in high spirits.

To close out the first day, a BBQ was served. The moose burgers and bear sausages were so delicious that they disappeared in a flash. No time to take a photo 🙂
The entertainment continued well into the night, with John Simms providing acoustic guitar music, every so often accompanied by John and Karen Cann.

On Sunday, after another scrumptious homemade breakfast, the start was set for 10 am. Up into the woods for the third and final round. The sun accompanied the archers out there. Another lunch buffet was served, while the score cards were charted.

Phil Nelson himself presented the awards. Jim Dauphinee was declared the overall winner and the first name on the plaque.

To sum up, the ‘Phil Nelson Challenge’ traditional, annual, invitational shoot was full of fun and laughter, already looking forward to 2024!

A special thanks to all the participants, helpers, and organisers.
Another ‘thank-you’ goes out to Marcel Doucette: he donated one of his handcrafted, beautiful knifes as a raffle prize.

This event was definitely worth the more than 5-hour trip for quite a few of the archers.

As the old saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words. Open the gallery by tapping/clicking on one of the photos below: