INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Loading his bow, national archery champion Drew Crump stood in St. John's Elementary School gym, focused on his target. One after another, arrows flew across the court,...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 1,000 archers from 36 schools have registered to compete this week in the Illinois State Tournament for the National Archery in the Schools Program .
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Who would have thought Extreme Bowstrings would become so, well, extreme?
Definitely not Ron Harmon.
Harmon, owner of Extreme Bowstrings in Norfolk, said he...
School for the Blind uses beeps and bells for student growth
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Students at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired are learning how to relying on their ears when it comes to physical education.
Archery gains popularity among students in Solon
SOLON, Iowa (AP) — Fifty student archers are seated silently on chairs stretching in a line the length of the Solon High School gym, their backs to a large crowd of equally quiet parents and onlookers in the bleachers.
Two whistle blasts pierce the air and the students — grades four through twelve — calmly stand, remove their bows from a rack and carefully position themselves on a shooting line before 25 bull's-eye targets.
Deer killed in SE Minnesota hotspot tests positive for CWD
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A deer killed on the opening weekend of the archery season in southeastern Minnesota has tested positive for chronic wasting disease .
The Department of Natural Resources says a hunter took the buck about 1 mile east of Preston, in the center of the region's CWD management zone, where 18 deer have tested positive for the fatal brain disease since fall of 2016.
Alabama gets 15th community archery park
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is getting what state wildlife officials say is its 15th community archery park.
An archery facility located in the Elmore County city of Wetumpka has its grand opening on Tuesday in the municipal sports complex.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says it will be open year-round for recreational archery, tournaments and educational programs.
OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from a town in North Dakota will compete at a world archery championship contest this weekend.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed two new citizen members to the state Board of Higher Education, including a school superintendent who survived an effort to oust her from her job.
Burgum announced Tuesday that New Rockford-Sheyenne Superintendent Jill Louters and Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor will begin serving four-year terms on July 1. Burgum also selected Ashley Thornton of Williston State College as the student member to the board.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. (AP) — The superintendent of a North Dakota school district who is among the finalists for a position on the state Board of Higher Education has survived an effort to oust her from her job.
ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) — The Alliance Archery Club has offered archery training for both adults and children since 1986.
The main focus of the club is teaching children the sport, however, parents often get involved, as well as other sportsmen in the Panhandle.
Rod Planansky, president of the club, said the group grew so rapidly they had to quit advertising due to lack of instructors.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jillian Zakrzeski's skills with an air rifle earned her three New York state high school shooting championships, a berth in the Junior Olympics and even recruitment to a college rifle team.
"It's an amazing sport. It's not popular like soccer or tennis. But it changed my life," says Zakrzeski, a 19-year-old criminal justice major at the University of Mississippi. "I can't see my life without it."
A central Minnesota park is looking to tap into the growing popularity of archery by opening its first indoor archery range with hopes that it will become a regional attraction.
Last week, the Stearns County Board approved building the range at Mississippi River County Park, a 230-acre park along the riverfront in Rice, Minn., just north of St. Cloud.
Minnesota’s top high school archer from St. Paul
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Emily Yang was a seventh-grader with nothing to do but wait while her mom finished her work day as a school counselor. Then a classmate suggested archery.
"It was really scary," she said, recalling her first arrows lobbing toward the target.
Jaci Tubbs and Liberty Sears set a state record high score for females in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 24 at Speedway Sporting Village in Lincoln.
Tubbs, of Lincoln’s North Star High School, and Sears’ of Lincoln East High, each scored 288 out of possible 300 points for the highest scores of the meet. Tubbs won a shoot-off to take the state title in the high school female division. She had finished second in 2016 and 2017.
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The tournament began early on Saturday morning with dozens of pops and thuds as projectiles were set flying.
A line of arrows arriving at the end of the Portage High School gym became a line of groups as more arrows arrived, some scattered around the target, some in a tight group, tearing and blocking out the bullseye.
Concordia High School uses NRA grants for its air rifle team; Whitko Community School Corp. received targets from the NRA for its archery program.
Neither has plans to distance itself from the group.
A handful of northeast Indiana schools receive the grants, according to NRA Foundation tax records compiled by the Associated Press. Whitko and North Adams Community Schools appear to be the only area public schools receiving grants.
Staff at a Longmont indoor archery range believe the bow and arrow play an important role in shooting sports, by not involving guns.
They also see archery growing in popularity among local youth as an alternative to traditional team sports.
As Melanie Fuller watched her 8-year-old daughter, Avi Hem, take her first archery lesson Friday alongside an instructor at High Altitude Archery, she described how Avi's personality and health prevented her from falling in love with soccer or volleyball.
Yuba City’s Caleb Quiocho won the Compound Cub Male Division of the National Field Archery Association’s “The Vegas Shoot” held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Feb. 9-11.
The NFAA Vegas Shoot is considered the “Super Bowl” of the sport of archery.
It is the largest indoor archery competition in the world with over 3,500 amateur and professional archers participating.
World Archery Indoor Championships kick off in South Dakota
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — As international attention turns to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, South Dakota is hosting its own global sporting event starting this week.
The 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships kick off at the National Field Archery Association Easton Yankton Archery Center in Yankton, with the first events to be held on Wednesday.
South Dakota prepares security for world archery tournament
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota police chief says security will be handled differently for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships than a world youth championship held about three years ago.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is preparing to host this year's World Archery Indoor Championships next week in Yankton, where the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships were also held. The Yankton Police Department will manage security for the event.
NORFOLK - Put your archery skills to the test for a good cause this weekend.
The Norfolk Archery Club will host its eighth annual scholarship 3D tournament to provide three $500 scholarships for incoming college students or current students involved in archery.
Secretary Regina Lorenz says the targets they set up are different every year, but this year they have them set up with a little twist to it.
Yankton organizers target volunteers for success of world archery tournament
YANKTON, S.D. -- When hundreds of archers from all over the world converge on Yankton in a couple weeks, they'll be greeted by probably an even larger number of volunteers.
Amateur shooters put their skills on display Saturday when Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports hosted its Invitational Tournament at the County Fairgrounds. The Invitational, which attracted 150 competitors from across the state, offered a chance for shooters aged 9-19 to practice their form in numerous events.
COLUMBUS — It was looking a bit like Christmas.
Dozens of pine trees, some with strings of tinsel still dangling from the branches, were being arranged inside the arena at Platte County Agricultural Park.
The trees, which were decorated inside living rooms just a few weeks ago, are being used for a different purpose now. About 100 of them collected through the city’s Christmas tree recycling program are used in the annual Platte Valley Archers 3-D Tournament.
South Dakota volunteers needed for world archery competition
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Organizers say they'll need as many as 500 volunteers for the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships held in southeastern South Dakota next month.
South Dakota city prepares for world archery competition
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Officials in southeastern South Dakota are preparing to host the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships in February, and they're applying lessons from two years ago.
The National Field Archery Association's Easton Yankton Archery Center and the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce are working together to put on next year's national indoor archery competition in Yankton.
AP PHOTOS: Serbian bowyer inspired by childhood games
LAPOVO, Serbia (AP) — Zeljko Ilicic says his love of archery dates back to the times when he played in the forest as a small boy imagining he was Robin Hood.
The 36-year-old has since turned his childhood fantasy into an engaging hobby and a business. Ilicic has become a bowyer — a rare one in the Balkans — who makes wooden bows and arrows.
Outdoor Education Center offers recreation, time to bond with family
Families looking for ways to have fun and spend time together can find what they are looking for at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center.
Located at 44th and Superior streets in Lincoln, the state-of-the-art archery and firearm range offers a safe and comfortable environment for recreation and family fun. With guidance from the center’s expert instructors, people of all ages – kids, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – can enjoy archery with just a bit of instruction.
Kentucky teenager is among top student archers in the world
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — In her navy blue sweater and plaid pleated uniform skirt, 16-year old Faith Oakley looks like the typical student-athlete headed to sports practice after class.
Except she's not.
The junior at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Kentucky, is one of the top student archers in the world. And she mastered the art of firing arrows by the skin of her teeth.
Arctic Archery Day Camp scheduled in Lincoln for kids
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled an archery camp for children during the holiday break.
The Arctic Archery Day Camp will be held Dec. 28-29 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. It will feature archery, air rifle, spear throwing, games, art projects, crafts and winter wildlife education.
Along with the traditional tutorials and interventions during advisory periods, Bonham Middle School is offering art, origami and archery.
In archery, which lasts about 30 minutes, students line up in the girls’ gym to try their hand at shooting arrows into hay bales. It’s an orderly process where the only students standing are the ones shooting.
The Kankakee County 4-H Shooting Sports archery club meets once per month — during cold weather months at Frank Williams' Antler Ridge Archery and Taxidermy in downtown St. Anne or at Camp Sha-Waw-Nas-See, adjacent to Kankakee River State Park off Illinois Route 102.
"Normally, we have 14 to 16 kids shooting," said assistant leader Pat Farman, of St. Anne, one of several instructors.
Eugene archery manufacturer Bowtech is being sued for patent infringement by a Wisconsin company that appears to be associated with one of its competitors.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Eugene. The plaintiff is MCP IP, LLC, which does business from the same address that is home to Mathews Archery in Sparta, Wis.
Bowtech and Mathews are two of the top archery manufacturers in the United States.
Renovations on schedule for 2018 archery world championships
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Construction is nearly complete on a large addition to a South Dakota event center that will host the 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships.
Veterans State Park opens new archery, air rifle ranges at Lake Blackshear
CORDELE — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources cut the ribbon Thursday on new state-of-the art archery and air rifle ranges at the Lake Blackshear Resort/Georgia Veterans State Park near here.
The park was established to honor Georgia’s military veterans, whose acts of heroism are the subjects of exhibits at the park’s museum. The museum displays medals, uniforms, weapons, vehicles, aircraft and other items that span the time from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War.
Gabe Crenshaw taking aim at world-class archery status
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Gabe Crenshaw calls it his bow room.
GERING — Even with brisk winds, the 12th annual Gering Kiwanis Family Fun Day was a big hit for families around the area.
Kids tried launching potatoes at Wisconsin Badger targets, climbed on a haystack, tried their archery skills, took tractor rides around the Legacy of the Plains Museum campus, and a lot more.
Earthquake-hit Mexico City plans archery world championships
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of archery says Mexico City is still preparing to host the world championships next month despite extensive earthquake damage.
Mexico City is due to host the event, including a congress of archery officials, from Oct. 15-22. Competition finals are being staged in the Zocalo square in the city center.
South Dakota archery center project on tight deadline
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — An expansion project at an archery center in South Dakota could come down to the wire.
With her comrades crouching behind protective barriers, and with arrows buzzing all around her, Kami Haider calmly walked out into no-man's land, took careful aim and released an arrow.
It wasn't a perfect shot, but it deflected off the ground and knocked out her target. Haider retreated, grabbed another arrow, then repeated her daredevil, no-fear strategy.
Thirty participants competed in the 4-H Fair Shoot on Saturday, July 29. The competition encompassed archery, traditional pellet gun and .22 rifle shooting sports.
“I thought everything went really well today, I thought the kids performed well and I think the weather was awesome, I couldn't believe it,” Scotts Bluff County Shooting Sports Superintendent Troy Svoboda said.
When Madison's Taylor Backus went to Orlando, Florida, last weekend, she was just trying to stand out among the 1,653 girls trying their best to bring home a championship. But when all the arrows had flown, there was no doubt that she was one of the best archers in the world. Backus, a junior-to-be at Madison Consolidated High School, finished as the top girls high schooler in the meet and tied for first overall among all girls before ending up third after a shootout at the National Archery in...
GLIDE — Lila Ferguson of Glide is right on target.
She is headed for New Mexico to compete in a week-long national shooting and knowledge competition hosted by the National Rifle Association. And it’s her second trip to nationals.
The 16-year-old Umpqua Valley Christian School junior will test her shooting skills and hunting knowledge against the top boys and girls from across the nation when she competes starting Monday in Raton, New Mexico, in the 2017 Youth Hunter Education Challenge.
The Jefferson County 4-H Fair hosted its first open archery tournament Saturday, bringing out some of the area's best - and some beginners - for the competition. About 75 archers participated in the day-long contest organized by Deputy Elementary coach Chris Calhoun and Ryker's Ridge Elementary coach Bob Morton. Calhoun said the main reason for holding the tourney was to promote the sport. Calhoun said he'd been asked to host the event at the fair and he agreed, realizing it would be a great...
Over the last five years, Devil’s Lake State Park Naturalist Sue Johansen has helped many people hit their marks.
A certified National Archery in the Schools Program instructor, she has worked with people ranging from age 5 to 88. Some were serious about honing their skills, while others simply wanted to enjoy some time outdoors.
“It’s just a different kind of outdoor sport,” Johansen said. “For people that aren’t athletic, it’s just another way to enjoy the outdoors.”
South Dakota planning archery complex expansion
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The National Field Archery Association is planning an expansion of an archery center in southeast South Dakota.
Association President Bruce Cull spoke to investors recently to discuss a large addition that the Easton Yankton Archery Complex will be making this year, the Yankton Press & Dakotan (http://bit.ly/2tmkI07) reported.