As local communities continue to update Covid-19 regulations, Illinois S3DA staff is working diligently with various venues to allow students the opportunity to compete in 3-D competitions across the state. Rend Lake, located in Benton, Illinois, is a premier location for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and a host of other activities. Recently, a brand-new state-of-the-art archery complex was completed for the public use. Hamilton County Fox Archery Club located in Southern Illinois hosted their 1st 3-D Regional Tournament at the Rend Lake Archery Complex. Social distance guidelines were in affect and a casual start allowed archers and guests to participate in a safe environment. Nearly one-hundred archers from across the state came out to participate in the event.
Illinois Regional Coordinator, Donnie Millenbine commented that he was pleased with the attendance for the event and looked forward to the rest of the 3-D season. Several of the parents spoke about the new facilities at Rend Lake and expressed their delight to finally be shooting archery again. When talking with several of the archers, they were excited to be competing again, visiting, hanging out with their friends from other teams, and overall getting to shoot their bows to compete on the new course.
Head Coach of the Hamilton Fox Archery Club, Michael Davenport reflected on the event by stating, “Archers had to compete on a very winding course, but most of them would tell you that they felt like it was a very realistic experience instead of just shooting 3-D targets in an open field. The facility is simply amazing! We would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in this event. We have events nearly every weekend across the state of Illinois and we encourage friends and families to join us for a great time on the range.”