Ute archers gather in the early morning light for the Tri-Ute archery challenge, which brought youth together from all three tribes to test their marksmanship along the Bear Trail and the Los Pinos River corridor for friendly competition, Wednesday, May 30.
Travis Nanaeto, Krista Richards and Jack Frost III pose with the 3D Sasquatch, which was setup in the middle of Scott’s Pond, for the Tri-Ute archers to shoot at.
Keona Whitey 'draws back' with her target in sight.
Southern Ute tribal member Destiny Lucero take aim at the archery range during a warm up session, Wednesday, May 30, ahead of the archery challenge.
3D targets were strategically placed along the Los Pinos River, adding another layer of challenge and realism for the young archers.
Archers follow the course along the pine river corridor.
Northern Ute archer, Tawne Weidner adjusts the distance on her sights, as she prepares to shoot at the Sasquatch 3D target.
Southern Ute archer, Keona Whitey nocks her arrow at Scott’s Pond, before taking aim at Sasquatch.
Tri-Ute archers (12-15 years old) stand before the Sasquatch 3D target at Scott’s Pond, pictured left to right are Tawne Weider (15), Mathias Reed (13), Keona White (13), Kyle Rima (12) and coach Jack Frost III.
Tri-Ute archers (12-15-year-old bracket), draw and aim at the 3D Sasquatch target in the middle of Scott’s Pond, pictured left to right are Kyle Rima (12), Keona Whitey (13), Mathias Reed (13), and Tawne Weider (15).
Kyle Rima draws and takes aim at a 3D turkey in the thicket, from a small hill at the SunUte archery range.
Kyle Rima steadies his aim at the 3D dinosaur target.
Lorraine Watts lets fly an arrow at the popular zombie 3D target on the Bear trail below the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy.
Tri-Ute archers in the 16-18 age group pose with the zombie target.
Christine Heart, smiles at the headshot made by Lorraine Watts’ arrow.
Lorraine Watts draws and takes aim at a one-yard, porcupine target. Not as easy as it looks to score a bulls-eye.
The porcupine didn’t stand a chance, as evident by the arrows protruding from it.
Lorraine Watts takes aim with her traditional bow at the massive bull elk 3D target at the end of the Bear Trail archery course.
Tri-Ute archers, 16-18-year-old, stand with the Bull Elk at the end of the Bear Trail course. (left-right) Christen Heart, Lorraine Watts, Kolton Begay, Kerwin Tom, Levan Reed, Archery coach Krista Richards and Leander Collins.