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July 30, 2012

Seven Springs to host world-champion archers

SEVEN SPRINGS — Seven Springs Mountain Resort has been named host of the 2012 International Bowhunting Organization’s (IBO) World Championships. The event will be held Aug. 8-11 at the resort.

The world championship is an annual event that draws nearly 1,000 contestants from more than 20 countries to compete over the course of four days in more than 30 classes. At stake is $200,000 in cash and prizes and the title of world champion.

“We are honored to have been selected as the host for the 2012 IBO World Championships,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of Seven Springs. “We look forward to welcoming the competitors and their families from all over the world and presenting them with a challenging course and a lifetime of memories.”

Seven Springs workers will create 24 ranges throughout the woods and along the ski slopes and trails at the resort.

Throughout the course, there will be more than 400 3-D targets, approximately 20 targets per range.

The life-size targets are designed to represent indigenous species such as black bear, white tail deer and turkey, as well as exotic species such as Russian black bear and mountain goats.

IBO officials and resort course designers made the course challenging for sharpshooters by trying to confuse the archers as to how far the target is from the archer. Rolling terrain features, high and low light characteristics in the woods and on the slopes and natural flora will be used to create illusions.  

Teams of four to five shooters are assigned a set of three ranges each day where they fire from a designated spot at the targets.

Scores are based on the distance the arrow comes to the kill zone of the target. The championship round is scheduled for the morning of Aug. 11.

“Those of us at IBO are looking forward with great anticipation to this year’s World Championship at Seven Springs,” said Ken Watkins, IBO president. “Our hosts have planned a great time for our shooters with so many activities planned for everyone beyond the world championship.”

The event also includes an archery trade show, which opens at 12 p.m. Aug. 8.

In addition, the resort will host the Seven Springs Bowhunters Open Aug. 10 and 11 during the world championships. The two-day event allows nonqualified shooters to compete on the same courses as the world qualifiers. It is open to everyone.

Registration information can be completed or downloaded at

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