Rend Lake Opens NEW Archery Complex prior to S3DA National Competition

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers aRend Lake, Illinois is set to open the North Marcum Archery Complex today (Monday, September 21, 2020), with a grand opening ceremony being planned for the Spring of 2021. This new complex is located within the North Marcum Multiple Resource Area and offers a fully equipped archery range with shooting distances from 10 to 50 yards, an elevated shooting platform which simulates shooting from a tree stand, and the realistic shooting experience of a 3-D archery trail winding through the woods. The complex will open daily at 8:00 AM and close at dusk. This opening will allow archery enthusiasts time to hone their skills for hunting and competition season.

Multiple partners within the local community envisioned this new archery complex and helped bring it to fruition. During initial design meetings, the S3DA Illinois State Coordinator, Jim Sharp, was asked to provide his input on the complex so it would be in compliance with S3DA needs and tournament ready for scholastic organizations. After he’d seen the day use area adjacent to the proposed complex, he knew Rend Lake offered a prime location for a national event.

Since then, the Rend Lake Area Tourism Council and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake have worked seamlessly with Scholastic 3-D Archery to host the upcoming 3-D National Championship Tournament set for June 17th-20th, 2021 at the North Marcum Recreation Area. This area is a premier location for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching and a host of other activities. S3DA Board of Directors Vice President, Jack Fares said, “We are very excited to be able to introduce the S3DA families from across our great nation to the wealth of recreation, conservation and tournament opportunities available at Rend Lake. S3DA 3-D tournaments have historically been held at locations that were already established tournament sites. Never before have we been able to provide input and feedback from the ground up and we’re very thankful that everyone at Rend Lake has been so accommodating and receptive to our needs. The 2021 S3DA 3-D National Tournament will be an incredible event!”

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Rend Lake Operations Manager, Jackie Taylor stated, “We are so excited to see this concept become a reality. The archery complex is a result of the Rend Lake community pulling together to create new outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors, which will also bring additional tourists to the area and increase economic benefits for local businesses. The North Marcum site will be the perfect location for the upcoming 3-D National Championship Tournament. The surrounding communities are looking forward to welcoming new visitors to the area.”

Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation Partners With S3DA

The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSAA) is a non-profit organization that focuses on tree stand safety and ensures that every hunter that uses a tree stand does so in a safe manner so that he or she comes home safe to their family and friends. The mission of the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation is to significantly reduce tree stand incidents through promotion, education, and best practices.

As September is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month, TSAA and S3DA have teamed up to provide S3DA student members a short quiz on the importance of Tree Stand Safety. Every student that completes the quiz will have the opportunity to win a full body safety harness courtesy of TSSA. Glen Mayhew, TSSA President states, “TSSA is proud to serve as a Conservation Member of the S3DA. We know that a significant percentage of the youth involved in S3DA either currently hunt or will become hunters as a result of their tremendous experiences in S3DA. TSSA is pleased to be able to provide them with the ABCs of Tree Stand Safety and other information about how to use tree stands in a safe and enjoyable manner.”

Hunters and members of the industry alike can help spread the message of the TSSA Foundation. Visit the TSSA website at https://treestandsafetyawarenessfounda.godaddysites.com/ or on social media at www.facebook.com/TreeStandSafetyAwareness or www.twitter.com @TreeStandSafety .

Matthew Green to Serve as SC S3DA State Conservation Outreach Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery is proud to announce Matthew Green as the South Carolina S3DA State Conservation Outreach Coordinator. Matthew will work alongside South Carolina State Coordinator, Sheila Tadlock to provide S3DA clubs and teams across the state with archery, hunting, and conservation-related activities. Matthew stated, “I really enjoy being in the outdoors and teaching children about archery and hunting. I have been blessed with the possibility to help change children’s lives. I envision a bright future for SC S3DA, and everyone involved with the program.”

Matthew Green was born and raised in Gray Court, South Carolina. Since childhood, he has always been interested in archery and one day he bought a bow from the local archery shop and got started. After some practice, Matthew really got into bowhunting. While he did not harvest a deer the entire season, he was successful the following season. He stated, “When you really start to understand the process, it makes your opportunities better.”

Matthew met his wife, Melissa, and moved to Greenwood, South Carolina, where they still reside with their three daughters, Brianna, Madison, and Morgan. Matthew and his family are loyal customers of the local archery pro shop, Hunters Headquarters. Employee Greg Hughes has been a mentor to Matthew’s daughter, Morgan, and has always helped provide the right archery equipment to fit their needs. South Carolina S3DA State Coordinator, Sheila Tadlock was in the pro shop discussing the S3DA program when Matthew Green and his family met her and were intrigued to learn more. Matthew followed up and went through the S3DA Basic Archery Instructor Course and became an S3DA coach for Sherwood Forest Archery.

Matthew intends to reach out to organizations across South Carolina and bring more awareness to the South Carolina S3DA program. Matthew will be hosting various conservation-related activities such as scavenger hunts, quizzes, and archery challenges at some of the regional and state events for the 2020-21 competition season.