GROVE – Some people have a talent, a talent that can take them to one of the biggest competitions in the United States with the chance to walk away with $25,000 and a slew of sponsor incentives.
Local resident Tyler Chubb, 25, traveled to Montgomery, Alabama Thursday to show off his skills in the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor World Championship.
Buckmasters is known as one of the most difficult indoor archery tournaments due to the use of randomly programmed pop-up and moving targets. In order to compete at the world championship, archers must first qualify. Two rounds of qualifications are held and then the top 48 will compete.
In March, Tyler made the 14-hour trip to Alabama with the hopes of qualifying against 48 other archers from around the nation. Coming out on top, he placed fifth out of his group of 24.
This will be Tyler’s second year attending Buckmasters, last year he qualified 22nd and finished 29th out of the top 48 shooters in the world.
Tyler began shooting his bow with the help of his dad at the age of six. Rob Chubb, who has been shooting for over 36 years, says Tyler is the best shot he’s ever seen.
Over the years it has become a competition between the two to see who could shoot better. Rob credits Tyler’s talent to his love of bows and his love for shooting them.
“I tell everyone that he was born with a gun and bow in his hand instead of a pacifier and bottle,” said Rob.
When Tyler isn’t competing for a nice chunk of change against some of the best in the nation, you can find him at Tempy’s Sporting Goods either practicing or setting up bows for customers. With an indoor archery range on site Tyler practices shooting 200-300 shots a day.
Although the range only offers a limited range, that doesn’t stop Tyler from fine tuning his talent. In between customers Tyler sets up and shoots from one side of the store to the other for an amazing 60 yards, nailing his target.
One of the biggest challenges at the event is shooting the moving targets from roughly 55 yards away.
“The targets move three feet a second, said Rob. You have to get an 18 inch lead on them.”
In order for Tyler to win he must shoot 10 targets per round and each round is a minute and 40 seconds. Tyler says if he wins he plans to pay off his truck and the new washer and dryer he recently purchased. “I’m just ready to get down there and shoot. I’ve been practicing so much and it’s getting boring,” said Tyler.
Chubb finished the competition with 389 points, good for second place in his group and seventh place overall among 74 competitors.