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Yankton Archery Hits Bullseye In Pierre

All Things Archery - Feb 24, 2016 

Thank you to the Legislators in Pierre who stopped by the Yankton Chamber event on Yankton Day to participate in shooting some archery. The Legislators were so excited to pick up a bow again, shoot some balloons and win a few prizes. Many of them commented how much fun it was to take a break from the usual social events and experience something new.

After a couple minutes of instruction, it is interesting to see how quickly they hone in their aiming skills to pop the balloons or possibly shoot a better score than the person next to them. Archery was definitely crossing the “party” lines.

• The NFAA Vegas Shoot 50th Anniversary was a huge success and preparations are being made for the NFAA Indoor Nationals in Louisville. This tournament will host more than 1,200 archers from all around the nation who will be vying for the title of national champion.

• The Midwest Sectional, held here at the Archery Center last weekend, brought in 130 archers plus friend and family to Yankton the two-day competition. You may have noticed an increased business in the hotels and restaurants.  This event was one of five held in the Midwest on the same weekend. All the scores from each location are compiled to crown a Midwest Champion in each discipline. We hope that the strong scores in Yankton from the weekend will hold up well against the other regional archers.


• U.S. Collegiate Archery (USCA) is holding their Indoor Nationals in Yankton Feb. 27-28. This event will draw in regional USCA registered colleges and athletes for this two-day competition. Our local Mounty Marty College archery program will be competing in this event. There has been recent rejuvenation of their program and it is exciting to see how they are progressing.

• Yankton will be hosting the South Dakota Leadership group March 3 as they tour Yankton and experience the wonderful amenities our community has to offer. Archery is a viable economic driver for Yankton and exposing the rest of South Dakota to archery sports tourism opportunities is beneficial for the entire state.

• The Yankton Homebuilders Association is holding their annual Home Show March 12-13. This event is a great showcase of local businesses and craftsmen. Come and get some new ideas for remodeling your home, or better yet, maybe you should build a new one!

• Try Archery: If you are interested in learning the basics and having some fun, then this is the class for you. Every Saturday (except during major tournament weekends) from 11 a.m.12:30 p.m., there is a learning session that will teach you safety, range rules, and the basics of shooting. This class is open to all ages and only $5 per person. No pre-registration is necessary so grab a couple of friends and come experience something new.


• As mentioned above, the National Indoor Championships will be in Louisville March 18-20. This event is managed by the NFAA staff in the Yankton office so several people will be traveling to Kentucky mid-March.

• We are pleased to be partnering with Ribfest and the Yankton Prom committees to be able to provide archery activities during their events. It is so much fun to take archery out into the community.


I get this question asked a lot from beginning archers: What is better to start with, a recurve or a compound bow? The answer to that is: they are both great places to start. It all depends on what you are looking to do with the sport. When you close your eyes and imagine yourself as an archer, what kind of archer do you see? Did a particular television or movie character catch your eye? Are you an avid outdoorsman interested in the power and speed a bowhunting set up provides? Do you have a competitive side and a bit of a gear head that would enjoy the technical side of getting a target compound bow to be as accurate as possible? Are you drawn to the challenge of the Olympic side of the sport or do you have an interest in the rich history of traditional archery? The great thing about this sport is there is no wrong answer. There is a style of archery to fit every interest. What I recommend any prospective archer is to step up and give it a try. Finding a well trained instructor is a great place to start, they tend to have a handle on most, if not all styles of archery. In fact, the Easton Archery Center caters to beginning archers through our TRY Archery class on Saturdays where you can get the basics of safety, form and range procedures that can get you started on the road to pursuing this great sport.

Have an archery question for Coach Jos? Send us an email at under subject line Archery Tips.


Thank you to the Yankton Sertoma Club for inviting us to your weekly meeting. Sharing what the Archery Center has available for the community, new archers and experienced archers is an important part of our non-profit mission. We are excited to do presentations to groups at your meeting location or we could possibly host your group at the Archery Center, providing you a tour of the facility, time in the museum and participating in a shooting activity.


For additional information, please contact Nancy Wenande at or 260-9282.

Original Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan article here.