The Cabela’s and Academy of Country Music Great Outdoor Archery Event is already a staple at the ACM Awards, and we’re pumped! Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite musicians duking it out with bows and arrows?
You might recall Luke Bryan dominated Justin Moore in 3-D archery last year. But each year is different, and this year Cabela’s mixed things up again for the fourth annual celebrity tournament. This year’s tic-tac-toe style tournament highlighted sharp shooting and sharp thinking, making us all want to pick up a bow. Tic-tac-toe is a game of strategy, after all. So who came out on top?
Radio broadcaster Storme Warren and big-time bowhunter Eva Shockey rolled out the camo carpet to welcome a flock of television personalities, Cabela’s pro-staffers, and country superstars to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds for the event. Bryan and Moore led the charge as team captains, and brought along Eric Paslay, Chase Rice, bowhunter and former MLB player Adam LaRoche, 2016 ATA Trade Show performer Dustin Lynch and more.
After their camo-carpet interviews, Bryan and Moore led the teams in a tic-tac-toe archery game. Each celebrity took turns arrowing a digital tic-tac-toe board. You want excitement? Take a game of strategy, add the high-pressured importance of shot placement, and you’ve got one heck of challenge!
Team Luke took the lead into the halftime shoot-off, when team member and bowhunter Cameron Hanes battled Team Justin’s Lucas Hoge. Hanes won the shoot-off, stretching Team Luke’s lead, but in the end it wasn’t enough to win.
— Lucas Hoge (@lucashoge) April 3, 2016
According to MusicRow, emcee Storme Warren raised the stakes with a “sudden death” round. Bryan and Moore shot one last game of tic-tac-toe for “all the marbles.” Moore showed up and showed out, snagging the trophy from Team Luke’s valiant grip.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 2, 2016
That’s two wins for Team Justin in the past three years. Will Team Luke make a comeback in 2017? Time will tell. A little bit of practice goes a long way. There’s hope for all you Luke fans out there!