Illinois S3DA Adds More Regional Coordinators

Illinois S3DA continues to build their program by bringing on new regional coordinators with extensive knowledge of archery and conservation. Illinois S3DA is currently broken down into six regions and with the addition of these regional coordinators, there will now be representatives in four of the six regions. Illinois S3DA State Coordinator, Jim Sharp has selected three highly qualified candidates to serve as regional coordinators and will be looking for at least two additional regional coordinators to have complete regional coverage of the state.

Jim Sharp and Illinois S3DA are proud to announce that Scott Fiala, Donnie Millenbine, and Jeff Hudgens have been selected as Regional Coordinators.

  • Scott Fiala along with his wife, Kendra, and their two kids, Zeppelyn and Zane currently reside in Enfield, Illinois. Scott is an active coach for N.C.O.E. and White County Archery and both of his kids currently compete for the S3DA team N.C.O.E. Scott is an avid hunter and has participated for many years in NFAA, IBO, and ASA competitions. For 12 years, Scott was part owner and operator of a local archery pro shop and indoor range. Scott has years of experience and enjoys helping young archers learn more about the sport of archery. When Scott was asked about becoming an Illinois Regional Coordinator, he jumped at the idea to spread the word about archery and how it could affect the younger generation. He thought that a program where you can earn scholarships to shoot archery was a great way to further a kid’s education while giving them the opportunity to shoot their bow.
  • Donnie Millenbine has been active in archery since his teenage years. He is currently forty-one and now married to his wife, Sarah, with two children Mallorie and Trevor. Donnie is blessed with a family that loves the outdoors, but especially archery. Together, they chase whitetails around Hamilton County, enjoying their time in the woods or traveling to participate in an archery tournament. Donnie is an S3DA coach for Hamilton County Fox Archery, the current Head Coach for the Rend Lake College Archery Team, and a certified USA Archery Level 2 Instructor. Donnie said, “Archery is one of the few sports that can stick with someone for a lifetime, through competition and conservation. I have also witnessed first-hand how this sport can fund any student’s dream to compete at the collegiate level, through scholarships.”
  • Jeff Hudgens has been in the Forestry Division for thirty plus years. He started bowhunting and bowfishing when he was twelve and fell in love with the broad range of activities that the great outdoors provides. He started competing in archery tournaments in 2012 and then began coaching 4-H and S3DA. Jeff is an S3DA Advanced Instructor and certified USA Archery Level 3 Instructor. Jeff looks to educate people across his region about the importance of conservation and the S3DA program.

“I am very excited to see where the changes and growth will take us as we are hosting events across the state nearly every weekend and we continue to promote our Illinois S3DA Scholarship program, “ Jim Sharp said.

S3DA Hosts Instructor Training Course in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

S3DA Advanced Instructor TrainersStacy and Randy Groce from Richmond, Kentucky recently traveled to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to host a Basic and Advanced Instructor Training Course at Moore’s Sports Center for NEW S3DA Staff as well as others. The people in attendance included: Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator, Bob Gattorna, PA S3DA State Coordinator, Patricia Butts, Eric Broughton, Pete Slusser and Bob Lauffer, as well as newcomers Nate and Heather Keeney.

  • Advanced Instructor Certification: Patricia Butts, Bob Lauffer, Pete Slusser and Eric Broughton
  • Basic Instructor Certification: Nate Keeney and Heather Keeney

The purpose of the Advanced and Basic Instructor Course is: to familiarize candidates with S3DA’s background, structure, and goals, introduce candidates to paperwork and forms necessary to start an S3DA team, and provide candidates an overview to S3DA training and competition opportunities. S3DA has recently published a brand-new Basic Instructor Course 6th Edition, which will be the new training course material going forward.

S3DA Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator, Bob Gattorna said, “Stacy and Randy Groce were very informative and thorough in their training by providing everyone in attendance with instructor manuals and some hands-on training with various styles of equipment. Participants learned about the steps involved in executing an archery shot and everyone had the opportunity to try it out. It was a great opportunity to meet and interact with the Pennsylvania S3DA State Coordinator, Patricia Butts and I look forward to working with her to continue the growth in Pennsylvania.”

Scholastic 3-D Archery offers Basic and Advanced Instructor Training Courses across the United States. Be sure to check out the S3DA Event Calendar for more information on a training near you!

SCI Foundation Helps Provide S3DA Archery With New Mexico Mule Deer Hunt

The Safari Club International Foundation (SCI) is a leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI is composed of members that are dedicated to making a positive contribution to wildlife and ecosystems, adhering to game laws, and assisting game and fish officers. S3DA has created partnerships with various organizations to teach members the same principles that the Safari Club International Foundation was founded on. Many S3DA student members are not only involved in archery but they also participate in various outdoor sports, such as trap shooting, skeet shooting, bowfishing and hunting. Whether a student chooses to bowhunt or not, through S3DA, they learn about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the important role bowhunters and bowhunting play in the preservation of our wild game animals.

Recently, S3DA had the opportunity to hold a drawing for a New Mexico Mule Deer Tag donated by the Safari Club International Foundation. Many applicants from across the United States applied for the chance to win this hunt and Morgan “Goose” Green from Sherwood Forest Archery in Greenwood, South Carolina was the lucky winner. When Morgan got the news that she had won, she was overjoyed, tearful and extremely thankful for the opportunity.

Morgan and her father, Matthew, made all the preparations for this once-in-a-lifetime hunt and flew to New Mexico. They met with the guide, Brett Jensen, and set out to fulfill the mule deer tag. Morgan had an amazing time hunting the new terrain, glassing lots of deer, coyotes, road runners and a javelina. She got close to a shot opportunity at the first light of day, but the mule deer quickly went out of range. After more spotting and stalking, they were in position to fulfill the tag. Brett said, “I found this buck and we formulated a plan. With the assistance of Anthony Rodriguez who came to help and spot for me while we made the stalk, we made it happen. Morgan finalized the trip with a beautiful 129 yard shot with her muzzle loader.”

Morgan said, “Last day magic!! I would like to thank S3DA, Safari Club International, Brett Jensen and my family for providing me the opportunity of a lifetime. This was truly one of the most humbling and amazing experiences of my life. I am blessed with the opportunities that I have in the outdoors and I want to show other young girls that we can do the same things the guys do but better.”

Morgan’s father, Matthew Green stated, “This was the toughest hunting I have ever seen. Morgan and I have gained huge respect for the women and men that hunt this terrain all the time. It is frustrating to be able to see all the deer but not be able to get to them. We are thankful for our wonderful guide, this amazing opportunity and a successful harvest for Goose!”