Dick Smith shoots a Conquest Apex 7 in the Senior Pro division and enjoys hunting elk. “I love spending time in the mountains; and elk are so good to eat!” Some of his recent archery accomplishments include the following:
- 2009 – Colorado – Winter Indoor Target, Pro – 1st (perfect 900 state record)
- 2009 – NFAA Indoor Nationals, Sr. Pro – 1st
- 2010 – Colorado-Spring Indoor, Pro – 1st
- 2010 – NFAA 1st Dakota Outdoor Target, Sr Pro – 3rd
- 2011 – NFAA Outdoor Nationals, Sr Pro – 4th
- 2011 – Colorado-RMAA Field Shootout, Pro – 1st
- 2011 – Big Sky Open, Sr. Pro – 2nd
- 2011 – NFAA Indoor Nationals, Sr. Pro – 1st
- 2012 – Big Sky Open, Shoot Down – 1st
- 2012 – WAF Vegas, Sr Pro – 2nd
- 2012 – Iowa Pro-AM, Sr Pro – 3rd
- Dick’s favorite archery memory is when he and his son shot their first archery league and won their first trophy together.
When Dick was a young boy, he shot bows with his three brothers. He also got further involved through Boy Scouts and then decided he wanted to take up archery more seriously. “I always enjoyed the times we shot together and eventually started shooting competitively; I was just trying to get a better score than the time before. And I’m still trying to do that.”
There are three people that Dick says have been most instrumental in his archery career. “First is my wife, who has encouraged me to improve and compete and has tolerated my obsession. After her come both Steve Levitt and Don Groetken. When I moved to Colorado, I happened into their archery shop. Together with Ted Holland, they consistently encouraged me and helped me to become a better archer. I would also like to thank every tournament archer I have ever met. As a group, they’ve been gracious in sharing their thoughts and tips about how to improve. They’re also genuinely nice people.”
And what is Dick’s favorite part of competition? “Winning! In archery, executing a perfect shot, regardless of the outcome, is very satisfying. It is even better when you’re under pressure and can trust your shot execution and not be focused on the result.”
Dick works with children at tournaments, leagues, and in practice. He always encourages the kids shooting, asks what they want to do better, and discusses their thoughts on how to approach their goal. “Archery develops your character and helps you deal with adversity in a group setting. It always amazes me how well kids figure that out.”
His advice to new archers is three-fold: 1. Have fun. 2. Get instruction to improve form and don’t be concerned about the score. 3. In the beginning, it is not the bow, it is the nut holding the handle that matters.
When not competing, Dick works as a Civil Engineer, enjoys machining as a hobby, playing golf, and model railroading.
Dick Smith’s personal testimony regarding Mathews bows:
“Mathews bows are reliable and forgiving. I trust my Apex 7 to deliver on every shot. I wish I could shoot as consistently as my bow; but the Apex 7 still delivers good shots if i don’t!”