Iron Turkey 3D Challenge Novelty Shoot
will be hosted by the the San Diego Archers on
Sunday, October 29, 2023
at the Rube Powell Balboa Park Archery Range (☀️ AccuWeather)

• Tournament preregistration and pay online today

On the day of the shoot, visit the visitor’s table between 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sign the paper waiver form for each participant and pick up a blank scorecard before entering the practice area. Speed up registration by printing and signing your waiver form now?

Range briefing will begin after 8:30 a.m., and shooting will commence after 9 a.m.

Volunteers are needed at 6:15 a.m. to help set up and take down targets!
If you’re unable to help set up targets, please help us take down and store the targets at the end of the shoot. Remember: volunteers receive a $15 club credit card to shoot for FREE!
Contact us by filling out our volunteer form if you’d like to help.

All branches of the U.S. Military, active duty and retired, shoot for FREE (with ID)


ironturkey2The Iron Turkey includes:
34 3D Targets
1 Arrow per Target
Maximum Score: 355
Rangefinders allowed

Legend has it that deep within the undergrowth of Balboa Park struts the voracious Iron Turkey. Many a bold archer has risked arrow and limb confronting the fiend, only to have their precious shafts shatter to shards of carbon upon the beasts iron-scaled hide.

The tale goes that one courageous archer, known only as Dave the Dauntless, fired a magical black arrow at the fowl beast. This shot broke away small scales from its iron-clad breast, revealing two small vulnerabilities. A mighty archer of great skill and cunning could exploit this weakness and successfully impale the creature; as for the rest…. Your arrows will surely splinter.

This is a 34-target, one-arrow per target shoot, including the Iron Turkey and many other interesting shots to test your skill: The Blind Shot, the Jakes, and the Distant Gobbler.  Additionally, this Iron Turkey falls near Halloween, and some targets will have a spooky theme!  Come and see, if you dare!

Traditional Stakes for Recurve Archers and Longbows Shooters

Orange cone #1Longer-range targets will have a traditional stake (orange cone) set (per NFAA rules).  Orange cones are designated for Youth and Traditional archers with a maximum distance of 40 yards.

For 3D Round events, if range-to-target is greater than 40 yards due to an apparent error in target cone set-up, you may use a rangefinder to adjust your shooting range to 40 yards.

Younger shooters

For Youths (12-14 yo), the longest distance is 40 yards
For Cubs (11 yo & under), the longest distance is 25 yards.

Registration and Concessions*:

Free online registration
Free for children 14 and below
$10 for SDA members & Active-Duty Military (w/mulligans+doe tags for 3D shoots, $14)
$15 for Non-members (w/mulligans+doe tags for 3D shoots, $19)
+$5 for in-person visitors’ table registration (proposed)

* Water bottles: Pickup is free at the visitors’ table
* Sodas and snacks: $1 each. Drop payment at the Pay Pole or visitors’ table

• Preregister and pay online today

Print and bring along a signed waiver

Paper shoots may be canceled due to heavy rain (Animal, Hunter, Field Rounds). While 3D Shoots will NOT be canceled due to bad weather!

After tallying your paper scorecard, submit your score online at

Please submit your score online. If you choose not to submit your score online, your participation in the tournament may not be recorded. Your uploaded or paper scorecard is still required for verification purposes.