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David Houser

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  • NameDavid Houser
  • Home TownCreekside, PA
  • Archery StyleCompound Target, 3D Target
  • Pro SummaryIn 2015, David turned pro at the age of 16. Since then, he has balanced a full schedule of professional 3D and indoor competitions along with earning an engineering degree from Penn State University.
  • Professional Achievements
    • 2015 USA Outdoor National Champion
    • 2017 The Vegas Shoot, 3rd
    • 2018 USA Archery Indoor Nationals, 2nd
    • 2020 Iowa Pro/Am, 2nd
    • 3-time NFAA Indoor Nationals Shoot-off Finalist
    • 15-arrow Elimination Match Junior World Record

David Houser

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DAVID HOUSER BIO 

I was 13 when I took an interest in serious competitive archery. I went to the Harrisburg Great American Outdoor show and shot the IBO shoot held in the grandstands of the archery hall.  I got second place at my first ever event, and I was hooked.

David turned pro at the age of 16 in 2015.  He had been successful in the Young Adult Division, and dreamed of being the best.  To be the best version of yourself in anything you do, you need to surround yourself with people who are better than you, who are constantly pushing you.  I wanted to shoot with people that I knew were better than me, to push me to succeed.  This may not be the key to success for everyone, but we need to accept that we will lose more than we will win in this sport. And if I’m going to get beat, I wanted it to be a beating from the best there was to gauge myself against them to see where I needed improvement. 

Some individuals who have been most influential in my archery career are Levi Morgan, Chance Beaubouef, Tim Gillingham and Jesse Broadwater.  These guys were the ones who were always willing to take the time to help me learn and become better. And they still do to this day. 

My most memorable archery tournament began around 2012 when I went to The Vegas Shoot for the very first time.  I had heard so much hype and couldn’t wait to be there. My parents and I went to Las Vegas, where I shot in the Youth class.  I remember watching the pro shootoff and seeing Jesse Broadwater win the whole thing.  That lit a fire inside me to get down there someday in that pro shootoff in Vegas.  

Fast forward five years later to 2017. I shot my first ever 900 in Vegas and I was ecstatic.  It was a goal I set at the beginning of my career and it felt great to achieve it.  I finished that event in third place and got my first podium finish in Vegas.  It took me five years to get there, and thinking back to the day I set that goal was a very cool experience.

Archery has taught me so many things dealing with life. The biggest of all is to know how to take a step back and look around, and be thankful for what you have and not get down on yourself for what you haven’t achieved.  Be thankful for what we have and what we have done, as opposed to brooding over what we want to do.  As professional archers, we are always tough on ourselves.

For example, if we go to Vegas and shoot a 899/900 and get so upset we shot a nine. Think back to when we were over the moon at our very first 300, and how much that meant to us at the time. Or realize how many people there are who would dream of shooting a 300 even in practice.  Appreciation is huge.

The most important factor in consistently shooting to your potential is having positive, confident thoughts.  If you think you’re going to miss or make a bad shot, 99 percent of the time you will.  Your body does what your brain tells it to, so if you’re having negative thoughts, bad things likely will follow.  Thinking positive thoughts while shooting and not letting a bad arrow affect the entire day is very important to shooting to your potential. 

An arrow downrange is one you cannot get back. Don’t let one bad shot, or a bad day of shooting, negate all the great arrows you’ve fired.