Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) expect more than 1,300 student archers from around the state to compete at the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) fourth annual state tournament on Saturday, March 23, at the University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Building, 500 S. Washington Ave., in Warrensburg. The state tournament, which will begin at 8 a.m., is free to watch and open to the public.
Student archers who shoot a qualifying score at the state tournament will earn a spot at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championship in St. Louis June 28-30 at the America Center and Edward Jones Dome.
MoNASP is coordinated through MDC and CFM in partnership with participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state. MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP and promotes education, self-esteem and physical activity for students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery.
More than 58,000 Missouri students from 266 schools participate in MoNASP. Since NASP's beginnings in 2002, more than 10 million students have participated in the program through more than 10,000 schools in 47 states and six countries.
For more information, including participating schools and communities, visit mdc.mo.gov and search "MoNASP."
Winter time is practice time
Editor’s Note: The following is a letter to the editor regarding archery safety from local conservation agent Tyler Brown.
As avid bow hunters, it is our responsibility to be accurate, effective and efficient with our equipment. I, like many other bow hunters, fall into an off-season pattern of putting my bow away and forgetting about it until early fall. But this year it will be different! Winter, spring and summer months are all perfect for continuing to hone our archery hunting skills. It's a good way to stay involved outside of hunting season; it's fun and it's easy!
We all have a responsibility as ethical bow hunters to practice. I am guilty of not even getting my bow out until late in the summer, but there are many different ways that we can all stay "rust free" when it comes to archery shooting. Get your bow out when the weather gets nice in the winter months. Also, get your bow out when the weather is nasty in the winter months because you just might be out hunting in the same conditions later this year. It is imperative that we practice for any type of situation as archery hunters.
Bring that target back out and challenge yourself with more difficult shots. Join an indoor archery league in your area. Friendly competition will make you perform at your highest level, and you can pick up some shooting tips from other archers along the way. Don't put that tree stand away yet either! Many archery hunters, myself included, don't practice enough from an elevated position. Shooting from your tree stand will prepare you for that real life encounter in a way that ground level practicing can't.
Practicing during the off-season will maintain your muscle memory and your shooting mechanics so it not only gets you out of the house and out of your spouse's hair, but it also helps to keep you in shape! Always remember that safety is the number one priority. Whether shooting in the backyard, at an indoor range or from your favorite tree stand, always remember to stay safe. Just go out and have fun with your archery shooting and let the arrows fly.
For more information about archery safety, call 573-836-3257.
Camden County Conservation Agent