US bowhunter Dave Holt presents 2 seminars at Abbey Archery
July 09: On Saturday, 1st August 2009, the highly experienced bowhunter Dave Holt presented 2 very interesting seminars titled "Accurate Bow Shooting" and "Inside the bow".
In the morning seminar, Accurate Bow Shooting, Holt presented a new must-see seminar for bowhunters and shooters of all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Dave is an advanced certified archery coach with over 50 years of competitive archery, bowhunting and testing experience. The seminar covered the basics and many secrets you never hear from the pros. Dave covered bow fit, shooting form, bow tuning, peep sights, broadhead accuracy, release styles, arrow velocity, aiming, the mental game and much more.
In the afternoon seminar, Inside the bow, Holt gave an easy to understand talk on the inner workings of modern bowhunting equipment. Dave touched on the confusing and controversial aspects of our bowhunting equipment, including bow power, the down range decay of arrow velocity, kinetic energy, bow tuning, broadhead penetration, arrow balance, improving accuracy and a discussion on why we miss.
Dave Holt also shared his enthusiasm and expertise for bowhunting in South Africa and touched on arranging your trip, archery equipment to take, trophy judging, shot placement, common shooting mistakes, shooting distances and clothing. Dave also covered the best time of year to bowhunt, travel arrangements, packing suggestions and health and safety concerns.
Dave has been travelling from his home in Colorado, USA to South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe since 1975 and for the last 20 years, has spent 4 to 5 months there each year. While there, Dave presents bowhunting and bow shooting seminars and consults for safari facilities wishing to start or improve their bowhunting venues and also books African bowhunting safaris.
Holt still arranges South African bowhunts for friends. These adventures give him plenty of opportunities to test new hunting methods and check his laboratory research under hunting conditions. The successes of those who have learned from him are testimony to his understanding of the sport.
As well as presenting seminars, Dave Holt is involved in archery product design, coaching and testing equipment. To top it off, Holt is one of the world's most respected technical archery writers, having been the former Technical Editor for the well known US Bowhunter magazine.
Dave believes that a solid understanding of bowhunting equipment is a huge advantage in the field. He has a tremendous desire to assist and educate other bowhunters, believing that education is the key to the preservation of bowhunting. Well known and respected archery expert, Norb Mullaney has proclaimed Dave's latest book, Balanced Bowhunting II, "...the most authoritative archery book ever written..."
Dave's 50 years of experience quickly became obvious to the attendees as he shared the secrets and techniques that consistently bring him success. The consensus was that Dave's proven methods and unique approach will definitely increase their odds for bowhunting success. Holt also gave exciting insights into US hunting of the elusive whitetail to the trophy bull elk. Dave discussed calling techniques, reading signs, bowhunting equipment, shot placement, shooting from treestands and blinds, camping, special products that work and the importance of mentoring bowhunters of all ages.
Dave Holt came highly recommended from arguably the doyen of expert archery writers, Norb Mullaney and Bob Link, Abbey Archery's great friend from Trueflight Manufacturing who have supplied us with the best feathers in the world for more years than we care to remember.
The attendees felt the seminar cost of $20.00 was great value and as a thank you to those attending, Abbey Archery issued discount vouchers to each attendee, to be redeemed at both our Sydney and Brisbane stores and with mail orders or online. The 10% discount on all accessories and a 5% discount on all bows purchased presented an excellent saving for attendees.
Dave autographed his book and DVD as well as an Abbey Archery cap, normally costing $25.00, but reduced to $12.00 for the day as a momento of Dave's seminar.
The seminars were great - from learning invaluable bowhunting tips to tuning bows, to improving shooting and bowhunting skills and bow knowledge. It was felt attendees came away with new information and knowledge.
We have issued a warm invitation to Dave Holt to come back again to Australia and share his excellent technical knowledge with us.