Brockton Letcher Illinois S3DA State Conservation Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery is pleased to announce Brockton Letcher as the Illinois S3DA State Conservation Coordinator. Brock graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Forestry and is currently a Natural Resource Specialist. He was introduced to S3DA at his job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rend Lake, Illinois. Rend Lake will be the host site for the Illinois 3D State Championship and the overall S3DA 3D National Championship. Brock will work alongside Illinois S3DA State Coordinator, Jim Sharp and with direction from Robert Dunaway, S3DA National Conservation Coordinator to provide S3DA members with outdoor related activities and education centered around conservation.

Brockton Letcher was born and raised in Central Illinois. He grew up on a farm and his love for the outdoors has been instilled in him since childhood. His parents frequently took him camping, boating, hunting, and fishing. His father’s main trade was being a farmer, but he owned and operated his own hunting guide service for archery deer and snow geese hunts across Illinois and Iowa. Brock reflected that speaking with clients and hearing their stories and being able to share them was one of his favorite things about the business growing up. He said that archery and hunting in general had a way of bringing folks together.

Brock stated, “I hope to bring my experience, position within the conservation world, and knowledge of conservation and preservation into this position. Archery has been with me since I was a child and I have a deep respect for the sport. I want to do my part to make sure the state and national events are a huge success!

Central Kentucky Nockbusters Hosts First S3DA Regional Qualifier of 2022

Kentucky Fish & Wildlife and the great staff at Otter Creek Park welcomed S3DA archers from across the state of Kentucky to the first 3D regional qualifier of the 2022 competition season. The event was held at the Pine Grove Pavilion at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Brandenburg, Kentucky. More than 250 people gathered on the range for a beautiful day of archery. The sun and wind played a huge role on the competition, so archers stepped up to hold umbrellas for each other and watched each shot carefully to make sure the shadows didn’t trick them. Multiple archery shops and outdoor related businesses including B3 Archery, Limb Saver, Native, Bohning, M1 Outdoors, Webb’s Custom Leatherworking, AEP, String Therapy Archery, Tru-Glo and more, donated raffle items.

Archery parent Amy Jackson stated, “The range was well laid out with targets in clear walking trails, and they provided a good diversity of shots for the kids. I also think they did a really nice job welcoming people, thanking us for being there and being supportive of the kids while they were competing.”

Rodney Rhodes, Coach of Trinity High School Archery stated, “The Central Kentucky Nock Busters Regional at Otter Creek Park was great. The targets were spaced out well which gave a nice safety factor to the shoot. The terrain added some challenges with shots being up and down the hills. There were nice clear paths for the shooters and spectators to travel. Everything flowed well with the added space. We look forward to hopefully getting the opportunity to compete there again in the future.”

Kentucky S3DA will continue working with the Fish and Wildlife Department to provide archers additional opportunities at upcoming S3DA events. Kentucky S3DA would really like to thank Dirk Steenbergen and the team from Otter Creek Park for their incredible hospitality and an amazing event! Otter Creek Park staff will continue to strengthen their relationship with S3DA and look forward to hosting future events.

For more information on Kentucky Scholastic 3D Archery, be sure to check out the Facebook page here.

South Carolina S3DA Hosts 3D Regional

Broadheads and Bloodtrails Archery Club located in Grover, North Carolina recently hosted their first ever S3DA 3D event in North Carolina and this past weekend they hosted an event for their neighbors, South Carolina S3DA. Jason Gladden, owner of Broadheads and Bloodtrails Archery Club, stated that he loves being able to provide a venue for S3DA competitions and he looks forward to hosting many more S3DA events. The archery range is located 6 miles from the South Carolina State line, so it makes for a great venue for both states to utilize. Archers from eight S3DA teams traveled across the state line to compete in the 2nd 3D regional for South Carolina S3DA of the 2022 competition season.

South Carolina S3DA archers had some wonderful weather to compete in and they all brought their best performance. The host facility did a great job of making sure the course was setup to be challenging yet easy to navigate. As parents had several archers in different divisions, the range setup made it simple for parents to able to watch several lanes at the same time. Two archers that really had a blast were Carman Addis and Makayla Hudson. They bonded over their first “Robin Hood” while competing in the Young Adult Division.

South Carolina State Coordinator, Sheila Tadlock and South Carolina Conservation Coordinator, Patty Reel provided drawings and giveaways. Luke Hammond was given a Push Pull Turkey call for attending the virtual conservation seminar “Spring Turkey” that National Conservation Coordinator, Robert Dunaway recently hosted. South Carolina S3DA sent out a conservation survey to all youth members and everyone that participated and completed the survey were put in a drawing. Wyatt Bolin was the lucky name drawn and he won Camouflage Face Paint.

For more information on South Carolina S3DA, be sure to check out the Facebook page here!