Western NY Bowhunting Festival

2022 Western New York Bowhunting Festival

The 12th Annual Western New York Bowhunting Festival at Swain Resort.  Activities for archers of all types; uniquely situated on 100+ wooded acres. The festival offers attendees a wide variety of educational & participatory experiences including Compound Archery, Traditional Archery, Trapping, Tracking and more. 
Enter to win door prizes from Mossy Oak, Wildlife Research Center and more! Compete on the competition course to win a Hoyt Ventum 30 or a Hoyt RX 5!!! Sponsored by Belmont Archery
Plus vendors, live music Saturday night, camping and more!

Hours:

    • Friday, Aug. 26
    • Saturday, Aug. 27
    • Sunday, Aug. 28

 

Activities Include:

  • Four 3D Archery Courses
  • Two Shooting Ranges
  • Kids Course
  • Balloon Shoot
  • Archery Competition
  • Vendors & Dealers
  • Live Demos

 

Shooting Rates:

  • $35 – Three Day Pass
  • $30 – Saturday & Sunday Pass
  • $15 – Friday Only
  • $25 – Saturday Only
  • $20 – Sunday Only

 

Free:

  • Kids 12 & under enter and shoot for Free! (adult supervision required)
  • Spectators for the event are also FREE again this year.

Thanks to our sponsor – Belmont Archery!

Competition Course Rules

Competition Course at Swain Rules $10.00 

Hours: 8am-5pm Saturday, 8am-11am Sunday. Shootoff 5:30pm Saturday, 11:30 am Sunday.

Pro class will shoot from the red stake. Hunter class will shoot from the orange stake. Traditional class will shoot from the blue stake. Shooters may not use range finders.

Pro Class – All shooters qualify for this class. Shooters may use range finders. This class is for the best of the best. 

Hunter Class – Fixed pins must be used, crosshairs or circle style pins without lens or magnification. If circle style pins are used, all circles must be the same size. Sights may not be adjusted after entering the course. Stabilizers may not be more than 12 inches long. 

Traditional Class – Longbows, recurves, flat-bows, self-bows, are allowed in this class. Take downs are allowed. Any arrow material may be used. No sights or pins may be used. No elevated rest. All arrows must be shot from the shelf. 

Misc. Rules and scoring

Shooting Stakes – Pro class will shoot from the red stake. Hunter class will shoot from the orange stake. Traditional class will shoot from the blue stake. Shooters must touch the stake with their front foot. 

Scoring – Scoring will be 11 for the center circle, 10 for the next ring out, 8 for the outer ring. A miss is scored as a 0. Hits anywhere outside the kill zone are classified as wounding the animal, and are scored as a (-5). 

Competition and awards – To make it to the finals a shooter must score in the top four of any given class. If a tie occurs we will use the total score of five targets which we feel are some of the more challenging targets. If a tie is still present we will count the number of elevens. Any ties after that will be settled by a sudden death shoot off. Scorecards must be turned in at 4:30 on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00. The shootout is on 5:30 on Saturday and 11:30 on Sunday. The shootout consists of three targets at different ranges. Meet at the T-Shirt booth for the shootouts.

Event Schedule

Check back for new seminars & events to be added!

Friday, Aug 26
12pm-6pm: Registration

1pm-Dusk: Lower Archery Course/Range open (No chairlift)

4pm-8pm: Restaurant open inside lodge 

Saturday, Aug 27
7am-8pm: Food and Beverage available in the main lodge

7am-Dusk: Archery Courses Open; 8am-5:00pm: Ski Lift Open
9am- 5pm: Vendor Booths Open inside and outside main lodge

8am – 4pm: Competition Course – Card needs to be turned in by 4:30 

All Day: Kids without Bows & Arrows can borrow for free (tshirt booth)

12pm: Kids’ Balloon Shoot at Kids’ Range

1pm: Seminar: Jack Coad – “Whitetail Archery” at the Athen’s Archery Booth

5:30: Competition Shootout – Between the top 4 scores in each class (pro, hunter, traditional) 

7pm-10pm:  Live Music in the restaurant

Sunday, Aug 28

7am-2pm: Food and Beverages available in main lodge

7am-4pm: Archery Courses Open, (8am—3pm: Ski Lift Open)

All Day: Kids without Bows & Arrows can borrow for free!  

8am – 11am: Competition Course – Card needs to be turned in by 11:00

9am-2pm: Vendor Booths Open inside and outside main lodge

11:30am: Sunday Competition Shootout – Between the top 4 scores in each class (pro, hunter, traditional) 

12:00pm: Kids’ Balloon Shoot (at Kids’ Range)

12:30pm: Door Prize Drawing (Must be present to win)

Vendors

Interested in becoming a Bowhunting Festival vendor? We’re accepting applications NOW! Fill out the vendor application below and a member of our staff will be in touch!

Snow Child Clothing

JJ the Arrowman

South Main Metal Art

North Country Products – Fingerlakes Whitetail

Kellogg’s Alpacas

Outback Kettlekorn

Heartwood Homestead Farms – Handmade Quivers

Athen’s Archery

ET Designs

Pix By Jerry

Sue & Don’s Jerky

Trophyline 

Red’s Roost Custom Game Calls

More TBA…

Click Here for the Vendor Application

Camping

Primitive camping is available.  Camping is $10 per person for the length of your stay. Register and pay for camping right at the gate.
For more information on lodging accommodations and pricing, please email [email protected]

Sponsors

Thank you to our many sponsors!