Feb 20, 2014 1:59 AM by Bill Halter
Archery has seen a recent boom in popularity because of Katnis Everdeen in the Hunger Games movies but some of the sports best have been calling the Central Coast home for years. Earlier this month in Las Vegas, Atascadero's Heath Miller was the latest local archer to win a major competition. The 30 year was the best on the planet in the Bowhunter Freestyle Division at the World Archery Festival. "This year my goal was to take the top ten and possibly a top five but I wasn't betting on it. I ended up winning the whole thing so it's kind of a dream come true" said Miller, who grew up in Santa Maria.
Miller first picked up a bow when he was eight years old but he immediately hurt his arm and gave it up. Then nine years ago his uncle convinced him to start hunting with a bow. He's honed his craft since and become a world class target shooter. "Consistency is the biggest thing with archery, it's all about just repeating a shot over and over again and getting the same results after each time. It's not necessarily beating the competitors, it's beating yourself. You have to stay concentrated, stay focused" said Miller.
Miller target shoots with past state and national champions who also live on the Central Coast. He took over for a past world champion and one of his mentors, Scott Wilson at the Farm Supply pro shop in Arroyo Grande. "Being able to shoot with that kind of caliber of people has really helped me with my nerves" said Miller.
Miller has some competitions coming up in the next few months including the National Outdoor Championship in Redding in May.
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