Oklahoma native wins bronze at 3D archery world championships

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) — Shiloh Butts fell in love with archery after watching Robin Hood as a child.

He said, “it was the original with Kevin Costner…they made all the gear before a battle that they had in the movie.”

What inspired him.

Shiloh said, “I used to go out into the pastures, chop down cedars, and make my own bows.”

Shiloh started competing in archery at age 13.

Now 34, he represented Team USA, along with three other archers, all the way to Italy.

Shiloh said: “Where we shot the tournament final was actually at a site of you know old Roman ruins.”

Last week’s 3D Archery World Championships weren’t the type of competition most people are used to seeing.

Shiloh said: “With Olympic-style archery, they shoot the big paper…they’re set at a set distance, they know how far they’re going to go every place they go. While 3D archery you are actually covering the ground in the woods and in different scenarios.

The six-day event culminated in a final game against Austria and when the final scores were recorded, Shiloh said: “I turned around and the opponent I was shooting against, his coach handed me the hand and said congratulations, then I turned to my coach and said, I won?

At the end of the competition, Shiloh won a bronze medal and after spending two weeks in Italy he said, “The first thing I wanted when I got off that plane was a Dr. Pepper and a cheeseburger.

Earnest A. Martinez