With five Virginia state championships already under his belt, Dugspur archer Robby Moore now has a world title to add to his impressive list of accomplishments.
Moore, a 1991 graduate of Carroll County High School, recently won the world crown in his division during the 24th annual Rinehart/International Bowhunters Organization World Championship and Archery Festival held Aug. 7-10 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
Moore finished as the top competitor in the Trophy Hunters Course with a score of 406, drilling 18 of his 40 shots in the center of the target.
“We had a really good shoot. It doesn’t get any bigger than that stage,” Moore said. “They’ve got 30 different classes, styles of archery you can shoot. My particular one, I can move up one or two more classes before I have to start going into the semipro shoots. But I have really enjoyed it. It is a good family event and I recommend it to anybody with a little extra time. It is a little expensive, but I have made a lifetime out of it. I would rather bowhunt than use a gun.”
Moore wasn’t the only Carroll County bowhunter to enjoy success at the world event. In fact, Greg Shank also finished fifth in the world in the same division Moore won. Ironically, Moore said Shank played a very large role in his championship shoot.
“Greg actually made my string and cable for my bow and he let me borrow his release,” Moore said.
Thankfully, Shank holds no animosity toward Moore and his world title.
“He builds string and cable on the side and he loved the fact that one of his won. Archery is expensive and he does it to support his own shooting,” Moore said. “I had called him and gave him some measurements of how I wanted it built. He custom-built my strings I asked for to get the results I wanted out of my bow, and he built it to a tee. And Greg doing that made my bow shoot so much better.”
Shank also helped Moore after he had an issue with one of his releases.
“He said, ‘Try this one. I think it will help.’ Within two afternoons I called him and told him I just robin-hooded another arrow. It is your fault,” Moore said. “He was a big part of me winning this. I wish he could have gotten second place. I have been wanting one of those big old trophies to go with my state championship trophies and I finally got one.”
During the competition, each bowhunter took 40 shots ranging in length from 22 to 35 yards. No length is given to competitors during any shot, so each archer has to calculate and guess the length of each shot. The scoring system gives shooters 11 points for a center shot, 10 points for the next closest ring, eight points for the next ring, and five points for simply hitting the target.
Bowhunters from six different countries were represented at the IBO event, but competition is nothing new for Moore, who has been involved in it for the past 18 years. A group of friends introduced him to the sport, which he said was love at first shot. Since that time he has competed in hundreds of shoots.
“I have a real competitive edge in me and I wanted to try to win a tournament. Now it is over 300 tournaments later,” said Moore, who won 36 out of 42 competitions one year.
Moore had taken about five years off from competition, though, until Hobie Stone at Backwoods Outdoor Supply recently began asking Moore if he would shoot for him again. After receiving the blessing of his wife, Moore began competing again.
“When she backed me, I hunkered down and told her I felt good about it, felt I could win it this year. The timing just seemed right,” Moore said. “I called my buddies up and they are really good shooters. That is how you get better. So I surrounded myself with top-notch shooters who train you and want you to do better.”
Moore said he could have never won a world title without the support of so many people such as Hobie Stone, Greg Shank and others.
“I would just like to thank everybody for the support they have given me this year, the support of my wife and family and friends I am supported by. And Hobie Stone, I’d like to thank him for all his help. He has been nothing but wonderful to work with,” Moore said. “He and Greg Shank have done everything they could to make this happen for me. It’s been a very humbling experience. And I give a lot of credit to the good Lord above. Everything comes through him.”