Gearhead Archery Pro Staffer Aaron Tedford
In 2000, when I was 11 years old, my Mom suggested that my brother and I find a hobby. She recommended archery and soon I had my first wooden recurve. In the beginning, we spent our days practicing and shooting leagues. By 2001 I started going to local and state competitions, where I excelled. In the summer of 2003, I won my first national tournament, NFAA Outdoor Nationals and set a national record. You could say I was hooked. In 2004, I won NFAA Indoor Nationals and the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas, NV. In 2005, I began shooting an Olympic Style Recurve. In 2006 I qualified in second place at the World Team Trials and won a bronze medal in Aalborg, Denmark at the Indoor Junior World Championships. Over the next year, I won first place in Las Vegas again and placed second the following year, and won NAA nationals twice. In 2007, I qualified in first place at the World Team Trials, and took bronze again in Izmir, Turkey at the Indoor Junior World Championships. Soon after, I went to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA but realized Olympic recurve was not something I wanted to peruse any longer. Since then I have shot freestyle compound and won second place in Las Vegas with a score of 899. I have won various state and regional competitions. My first win as an aspiring professional archer was in 2013 at the Spots and Flakes competition in Salt Lake City, UT. Most recently in 2016, I won second place at the Cabin Fever Shootout in Harrisburg, PA. When I’m not competing, one of my biggest passions is bow hunting. I have harvested several elk, deer, and antelope with my bow in my home state of Montana.