Team Bowtech

Dylan Coles

Shooter Biography

Name: Dylan Coles

Age: 22      Height: 6’0” Weight: 155 lbs

Years Shooting: 13

Occupation: Full Time Student/Owner of Trail of Tears Archery @TraiOfTears3DRange

Draw Length:   29.25”

 

Current Equipment

Indoor Setup   

Bow: Orange Fanatic 3.0 XL

Arrows: Carbon Express XJammer 27 Pro, shrewd G bushing, Tophat 100 Grain Points

Fletching:  AAE Max Stealth

Release:  T.R.U. Ball Fulcrum 3M

Scope:  Shrewd Nomad 42mm with Clear Target Aurora Star Halo 6x lens

Sight:  Axcel ax2000

Stabilizer:  Shrewd Onyx 26” front bar with 5 oz and 2x 14” back bars with 12oz

Rest: Blue AAE Pro Blade with .12 wide

Bow Strings:  Cams Strings (local builder in AR) 452x natural with extra strands

Quiver:  Carbon Express Elevation hip quiver

Optics: Alpen 20×50 mini spotting scope

 

Outdoor Field and Fita Setup   

Bow: Orange Fanatic 3.0 XL

Arrows: Carbon Express XBuster, shrewd G bushing

Fletching:  AAE Max Stealth

Release:  T.R.U. Ball Fulcrum 3M

Scope:  Shrewd Nomad 42mm with Clear Target Aurora Star Halo 6x lens

Sight:  Axcel ax2000

Stabilizer:  Shrewd Onyx 26” front bar with 4 oz and 14” back bar with 10oz

Rest: Blue AAE Pro Blade with .12 wide

Bow Strings:  Cams Strings (local builder in AR) 452x natural with extra strands

Quiver:  Carbon Express Elevation hip quiver

Optics: Alpen 20×50 mini spotting scope

 

3-d Setup

Bow: Orange BT Mag/Fanatic 3.0XL

Arrows:  XJammer 27 Pro, Shrewd G bushing, 100 grain Tophat point/125 grain pro point

Fletching: Black AAE Pro Max/Stealth

Release:  T.R.U. Ball Abyss

Scope:  Shrewd Nomad 42mm with 6x Clear Target Doc’s Choice lens and Specialty Super 7 Bright Light

Sight:  Axcel ax2000/Axcel Achieve

Stabilizer:  Shrewd Onyx 26” front bar with 4 oz on 10 degree down and 14” back bar with 9oz (varies throughout the year)

Rest: Blue AAE Pro Blade/Bodoodle pro lite 2

Bow Strings:  Cams Strings (452x Natural)

Optics: 20×50 Mini Spotting scope

Quiver: Gibbs Archery Gear chair modified with extras

 

Hunting Setup

Bow: Insanity CPXL

Release: T.R.U. Ball Beast

Arrows:  Carbon Express Mayhem Hunters

Broadhead:  Rage Hypodermic 2 blade 100 grain

Vanes:  AAE Max Stealth

Sight: Axcel Armortech pro 5 pin

Stabilizer:  Shrewd 10” Hunting stab

Bow Strings:  Cams Strings BCYX

Optics: Alpen Mini Spotting Scope

 

Sponsors: Bowtech, Shrewd, Truball, Axcel, Specialty Archery, Clear Target lenses, Carbon Express, AAE, Bulldog Archery Targets, Cup’d Up Outdoors, and Gibbs Archery Gear.

 

Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Running @TraiOfTears3DRange, Helping the shooting community (answering Facebook questions until 1 am on a regular basis), writing an archery book, traveling

 

Release Style: All 3 but mostly thumb button, Practice with half hinge and half thumb button, compete only with thumb button on 3D

Summary:

Approach me anytime on any range to ask questions or feel free to message me on facebook or twitter @ArcheryTipsDC. I may have some personal knowledge or know of a video in specific that can help you fix/improve the problem. I have a slight lean back during my shot and I have spent the off season months trying to fix this. My goal is to achieve perfect form. Work on your form every day! When you get tired from a day of work or wake up earlier than usual, your form will carry you a long ways!

Tips for hunters:  A big tip to most hunters is to always OVER prepare. Most hunters are shooting a 12” group at 25 yards and say well that will kill a deer. Practice for perfection. Bowhunting and ethics go hand and hand. If you need some help to learn how to shoot a tighter group feel free to ask a local pro, semi-pro, or message someone on facebook. The new facebook archery pages are good for learning information as well as the vast amount of videos on archery available online. These can also give reviews of products before you buy something that doesn’t work for your particular setup.

 Tips for tournament archers:  Start at the bottom. Don’t jump into a higher class unless you are forced out. There is a reason there are so many classes, because there are different skill levels. These classes are also based on how much free time the archer has to judge targets (3D), shoot their bow, work on equipment, try new equipment, etc. Just because somebody is shooting good doesn’t mean they should jump classes. I am a firm believer in climbing the ranks by force. This gives you a good judge of where you need to compete. Find somebody who can beat you on any given day. Make it a personal goal to score higher than that person. Walk the course before you shoot and learn what score should be shot on the course to place top 3. This will let you know how to manage the range. When you’re on your best, hit all you can, my biggest problem is laying up on targets if I know I am ahead or in the top of the group. There is a fine line between being too aggressive and being too safe. Also put yourself in pressure situations as much as possible. This will help you get over nerves and how your bow will perform when you are nervous. You can NEVER shoot too many pressure situations.