The Dude Perfect crew produces YouTube’s most exciting trick-shot videos, including a few with archery. They display their archery skills once again in a recent video, which features them flinging arrows from helicopters, shooting two arrows at the same time, making a ridiculous shot at 345 yards, and executing several other insanely difficult shots.
Here’s the rundown:
Mobile Helo Bow and Arrow Shot
“Get to tha choppa!” Tyler Toney takes his compound bow airborne to launch an arrow from a helicopter. Shooting from a moving chopper presents several challenges, the first of which is accounting for downdrafts from the helicopter’s blades. Those whirling blades push air downward, which obviously affects arrow flight. Toney must also account for his lead. Instead of aiming at the target, he aims well behind it to account for his forward movement in the helicopter. His arrow flies true and shatters a glass bottle into a cloud of dust.
Watch it at 0:20.
Skeet Bustin’ Bow and Arrow Blaster
Most people use a shotgun to shoot skeet, but Cory Cotton prefers his recurve bow. Skeet shooters try to hit 4-inch-diameter clay discs flying over 40 mph. In this trick shot, Cotton must instantly calculate the target’s trajectory and his arrow’s flight path, and release the arrow to intersect the flying disc. Cotton times his shot perfectly and hits the clay disc at its peak height.
Watch it at 0:56.
Double Arrow Mobile Balloon Blaster
You might have seen superheroes shoot two arrows at once in movies or on TV, so Toney must have superhuman genes to pull off this shot. In the Double Arrow Mobile Balloon Blaster, he rides on the back of an ATV while wielding a recurve bow. His target is two balloons, which he pops with one shot and two arrows.
Don’t believe us? Watch it at 1:44.
World’s Longest Archery Shot
In a previous trick-shot video, Toney shot a balloon at 301 yards with his compound bow. He decided that wasn’t epic enough, so he stepped back 44 more yards as a weather balloon glowed in the dark 345 yards away. That’s 4½ times the distance of Olympic archery targets, or nearly 3½ football fields in length. Toney shot his arrow without much fanfare. Viewers notice a long, quiet pause between the shot and the arrow’s impact, and then an eruption of cheers as his arrow strikes the balloon at dead center.
Don’t just take our work for it. Watch it at 6:20.
Watching these awesome trick shots will get you excited to try archery. But you don’t need to perform trick shots to enjoy archery. The best way to get started is to visit your local archery store, which has the knowledge and expertise to get you started and outfitted with all the gear necessary to enjoy this exciting sport.