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Hoyt Prostaffer Rodger Willett Jr.

Hoyt Prostaffer Rodger Willett Jr. You'll find him anywhere from the treetops to underwater.

Where do you live?
I live in Gloucester County, Virginia. I've lived in Virginia all my life, but I’ve only been in Gloucester for 12 years. I like this county so much that I wish I had of grown up here. It’s a fairly rural area with a lot of really good people.

What class or division do you compete in?
I started competing nationally in 1992 as an amateur. I entered the Open Pro division in 1995 and I’ve been here ever since.

What bow do you compete with?
I've been using the Vantage Elite Plus with Spiral X cams and I really enjoy shooting it. It’s extremely accurate and easy to shoot. I’ve learned that I can relax more at full draw and I don’t have to put as much work into it to get it to group and shoot well.

Do you bowhunt?
Bowhunting has been a huge part of my life since my uncle Chuck introduced me to it in 1987. I hunt almost every day of the deer season. When gun season comes, I continue to hunt with the bow (which is legal in Virginia). Over the years, I've killed some nice Pope and Young class whitetail deer and elk.

What are some of your top finishes?
Some of my top finishes in archery would include winning the NFAA Indoor Nationals in 2000 and setting the record when winning the Redding Trail shoot in 2004. I’ve also medaled at and won several outdoor target events across the country. Last year I finished 3rd at the World Cup in Ogden, Utah, and 3rd in the World Cup finals. And just this year I won the Arizona Cup, NFAA Classic and the NFAA car shoot-off.

What are some of your goals?
This year I’m on the US World Cup Team. At each World Cup event I will earn points which will make me eligible for the World Cup Final. My goal is to ultimately win the World Cup Finals.

What’s your typical day like?
My typical day starts fairly early. I own a company doing tree work in which I still do all of the climbing and most of the trimming. When work is done for the day, I come home and shoot my bow until it’s too dark. If it’s the weekend, I’m most likely out of town shooting a tournament.

If you were not an archer, what would you be?
If I wasn't an archer, I would have all the same hobbies I have now; spearfishing, bowhunting, bowfishing and fishing. I would just have a lot more time for them. I bowhunt a lot during the winter and I take a lot of my friends bowfishing for sting rays in the spring and summer.

You’re really into diving and spear fishing, tell us more about that?
Yes, indeed. My favorite hobby is free-dive spear fishing. I don't use scuba – I just take a big breath of air under the water with me. It’s a very exciting way to hunt fish. Take a deep breath on the surface then go as deep as you’re comfortable going and hunt fish with a spear gun. When you're lucky enough to get one, you grab a hold of it and drag it up to the surface with you. Sometimes it’s quite a fight with a large fish. Spearfishing is the most enjoyable hobby I have ever found, but archery is a huge part of my life. It’s in my blood, and I will shoot the bow as long as I physically can. Hopefully that’s a long time.
 


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