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Archers Enjoy Challenges On Ranges


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Elliott Stephens would be the first to tell you that archers seek a challenge.

And so, when faced with a mostly flat course Saturday at the fourth day of the NFAA Outdoor National Championships in Yankton, Stephens and his fellow archers were in for a treat.

Two of the 28 targets on the Badlands range — located next to the KOA campground — featured raised wooden platforms from where archers shot arrows, as well as a handful of other targets with interesting topography.

“These are generally flat courses, but they still did a nice job with it,” said Stephens, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Because of the location of the Badlands range, as well as the two other redesigned NFAA field ranges, near the Missouri River, certain features were necessary, according to NFAA president Bruce Cull.

“The whole plan was to use the river channel,” said Cull, who pointed out the Missouri River created close to a 10-15 foot embankment near the ranges.

“The challenge was that the area down there was pretty flat.”

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