Blake Allen’s competition bow is the Conquest Apex 8. When hunting, he uses the Monster 7.0.
When he was younger, Blake’s aunt bought him a bow as a Christmas present. Since then, he’s been completely hooked. “I love the competitive side of archery,” says Blake, “but also that there’s such comraderie between fellow competitors.” He loves all the friendships he’s been able to build as a result of being in archery; but it wouldn’t have been possible if he wouldn’t have gotten involved with competition. His friend Willy Jones is responsible for that. Willy Jones had asked Blake to go to a tournament with him and since then Blake hasn’t stopped! Blake says his family and girlfriend are very supportive and have helped him greatly in his time as a semi-pro shooter.
Some of his most recent accomplishments include the following:
- 2010 – ASA Gainesville Florida Pro-Am (Open A) – 2nd place
- 2010 – ASA Columbus Georgia Pro-Am (Open A) – 2nd place
- 2010 – ASA Classic World Championship (Open A) – 2nd place
- 2010 – Missouri ASA State Championship (Open A) – 1st place
- 2010 - ASA Open A shooter of the Year – 4th place
- 2010 – Metropolis Illinois Superman Classic (Open A) – 1st place
- 2011 – Missouri ASA State Championship (Semi-Pro) – 1st place
- 2011 – ASA Classic World Championship (Semi-Pro) – 2nd place
Blake has had a lot of memorable moments in both his hunting and competitive careers, but there are two that stick out more than any others in Blake’s mind. “My first podium finish at a National event was my most memorable competitive event ever,” says Blake. “I worked so hard for it, and finally making the podium is a moment I’ll never forget. But as hunting goes, my first Pope and Young whitetail is my most memorable hunting experience. The hard work and many years leading up to it were well worth it!”
When not competing, Blake enjoys playing basketball, hiking, scouting for whitetails, fishing, and participating in basically anything else that pertains to the outdoors. He also loves spending time with friends and family, and helps put on numerous children’s events at local clubs in order to recruit new shooters and answer any questions they may have. “I love teaching and coaching kids,” he says. “There is nothing like the look on a kid’s face when they release that arrow for the first time. Children are the future of our sport and I believe it’s very important to get them involved early on!”
We asked him if there was any advice he would give to new archers and this is what he said: “Building a good foundation is paramount to success. Archery is a very rewarding sport and learning proper technique early on is the best way to continually improve. Seek out the best shooters in your area and ask them any questions that you have.”
Blake’s personal testimony for Mathews’ bows and Zebra strings:
“Mathews bows are simply the best; and Zebra strings are made with the highest-quality materials. There isn’t another bow out there I would trust enough to take into a competition or shoot a world-class white-tail deer with. I trust Mathews and Zebra strings to help me compete at the highest level possible. There’s a reason why more Professional 3D events have been won using Mathews’ bows than all other brands combined!”