Questions were sourced from Hoyt’s social media fanbase. Hoyt’s questions are in BOLD. Jesse’s answers are in Italics.
How does it feel to become the first archer in history to be
named NFAA, NAA, and ASA
Shooter of the Year in a single season?
I feel that it is a pretty great feat, actually. If you think about all the arrows shot over such a long span of time, and how
consistent you have to be, it’s not an easy task. You really can’t have a bad day in any of the events
that count as shooter of the year. So I am pretty proud of the accomplishment!
The 3D game is new to your repertoire this year. Having not shot
an ASA in 4 years, what are your thoughts on the game, and how did your strategy change throughout the season?
actually a breath of fresh air, and a change of scenery. I enjoyed it! The
first couple events were spent trying to learn the targets and find the right scope set
up, but as time went on, I began to figure the game out.
Set-up can have a big impact on perfomance. What 3D setup did you find worked well for you?
I feel that the scope set up I ended up with was a huge help. I ended up using a 4X feather
vision lens, center drilled with a .010" green fiber, inside a CR Apex
housing. I also have an LP light kit ready to go if needed. No clarifier. I
shot the Hoyt FX with Easton Protours for the first few events, then tried some Easton
Fatboys for the last couple.
Do you plan to shoot on the World Archery World Cup outdoor
circuit in the future?
For me to do that, I would have to completely restructure my schedule, training and setup to be competitive
consistently. I would have to fully commit to the 50 meter game, and cut out a
lot of other shoots, that quite frankly I enjoy shooting more. More times than
not with the World Cups, you are shooting in a lot of wind…. I am not the
best wind shooter, nor do I want to try and be.
You are known for your poise under pressure. What do you like to do to help maintain focus
during a competition?
Always, always, always try to focus on improving yourself
and your shot! In practice you are trying to perfect your form and your
shot…. Well I feel you should continue to do that all the time no matter if
your at a local shoot, or at Vegas in the shoot off. Don’t over think it, and
don’t think about all that could go wrong.
Do you ever pay attention to how other competitors are doing
during an event?
I have gotten to the point where I can know where
everybody else is and not let it get to me. I don’t make it a point to know,
but if I do, no biggie. I just want my next shot to be a little better than my
What advice would you give for shooting outside of someone’s comfort zone?
I think practicing out of your comfort zone
is great sometimes. One way I do this, outdoors especially, is to shoot long
distance. Shoot a longer distance, or a smaller target than what is normally
shot. That way when you shoot the correct size target, or the correct distance,
it will feel like you can’t miss the target that seems big.
If could only practice one aspect of your shooting for three
months, what would you focus on?
I would focus on execution, letting the shot happen. It’s what I practice all the time. Execution is so important and if doesn’t
happen the same each time, you will not be consistent.
Do you have any superstitions about bow hunts or
What advice do you have for archers making the switch between a
vertical pin (single pin) and a traditional horizontal pin sight?
gonna be honest here, rather than make something up. I haven’t really thought
about this one… I guess if I heard a specific problem, I could try and figure
out a solution.
What’s next for Jesse Broadwater? Hunts, training, the switch to indoor?
I had one of the busiest years I’ve ever had
this year, with close to 25 major events, in addition to me and my family moving into our
new place last October. I have been waiting for this little break that I have between now and the World Field Championship at the end of September. There are many
things I have had to put on hold around the house that I need to get done. And I want
to hunt, so I will be gearing up for that as well.
But really, I got fairly
burnt out this year, and I need a little recharge to get me going again. So I’m
looking forward to spending time with my family more than anything. Our kids
are at a fun age, and I love being around them. I want to spend
as much time with them as I can, before they turn into teenage brats! Ha!
What is your hunting set-up going to look like do you think?
Defiant 34 sure is a honey! I will probably run an Axcel Accutouch sight, and some Axis or
full metal jackets. That should do the trick. I’m also going to try some mechanical
broad heads this year, but I still haven’t decided exactly which ones yet.