S3DA & Whitetails Unlimited Long-Shot Challenge

Whitetails Unlimited is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1982. With a member base of over 113,000 Whitetails Unlimited focuses on projects such as educational programs, wildlife habitat enhancement and acquisition and shooting sports for future generations. The organization has supported S3DA (Scholastic 3-D Archery) at the national level but has also granted thousands of dollars to local clubs to assist in growing youth archery and conservation efforts at the grassroots level.

“Whitetails Unlimited is a valued partner of S3DA. Their emphasis on expanding and preserving the values of ethical hunting, conservation and education goes hand in hand with the mission of S3DA. We are proud to work with such an outstanding organization and will strive to continue work to further the mission of both by introducing a new generation of youth archers to the benefits of a lifetime in the outdoors,” Jennie Richardson, S3DA Executive Director.

Recently, the 2019 S3DA Outdoor Target and 3-D National Championships were held at the Mermet Lake State Conservation Area outside of Metropolis, Illinois. The week-long event drew more than 1,100 participants from across the country as well as countless parents, spectators and vendors. During the week, several novelty type events were held to challenge the archers. One of those events was the Whitetails Unlimited Long-Shot Challenge. Participants attempted to hit an orange dot on a 3-D whitetail target at distances greater than their maximum distance for their division and class. Those who were skilled enough to hit the orange dot were rewarded with a certificate for a tasty treat. However, everyone who participated was entered in a drawing to win the 3-D target they were attempting to hit.

“Whitetails Unlimited is proud to support S3DA and everyone who participates in their archery programs and competitions. Developing the next generation of bow hunters is of critical importance to the sport, and S3DA’s emphasis on safety, ethics, and having fun is a great way to introduce youngsters to archery. Archery is a great sport, and an activity that can be a lifetime recreational pursuit. We’re proud to support S3DA because they do an outstanding job teaching ethics, safety, and responsibility, as they involve youngsters in developing their archery skills. Students that participate in S3DA benefit in many ways, and while we understand that not all of them will develop into bow hunters, all of them will learn positive life lessons through the experience,” Russ Austad, Whitetails Unlimited – Program Services Director. To find more information on S3DA, Whitetails Unlimited and their conservation efforts, please visit: https://www.s3da.org/s3da-conservation/.

QDMA Family Whitetail Challenge at S3DA

QDMA (Quality Deer Management Association) was founded in 1988 and has grown to become an internationally recognized organization focused on educating hunters on the benefits of quality deer management practices. QDMA is a committed partner of S3DA and assists in providing conservation education, hunting and mentorship opportunities to youth hunters through activities such as the “S3DA/QDMA Youth Hunt,” as well as the e-book, “QDMA’s Guide to Successful Deer Hunting.”

The 2019 S3DA National 3-D and Outdoor Target Championships were recently held in Metropolis, Illinois. This event surely became a treasured memory for the more than 1,100 participants from across the country, thousands of spectators, and extended variety of archery and conservation vendors that were in attendance. Throughout the scorching hot week, several novelty type events were held to allow student/mentor teams to show off their archery expertise on targets or courses they might not normally see. One of those events was the “QDMA Family Whitetail Challenge.” This event consisted of ten Delta McKenzie whitetail 3-D targets positioned in various situations and known distances and modeled after a real bowhunting experience.

S3DA students and their adult mentors were each required to shoot these 3-D targets. The totals from each student and their mentor were combined for an ending score. Awards were issued in each age-division and class. Everyone who participated was then put in a drawing for a grand prize of a guided hunt on a privately managed wildlife preserve in Kentucky. The participation for the novelty events increased greatly from the previous year and everyone was exciting to get a jump start on their practice for bowhunting season.

Brian Murphy, CEO of QDMA had this to say, “The QDMA Family Whitetail Challenge is a great example of how we leverage our partnership with S3DA to engage and motivate the next generation of bowhunters. Not only is 3-D archery fun for the entire family, but it’s also the perfect training activity for bowhunters.” The youth archers of S3DA all seem to agree that 3-D archery is the ultimate bowhunting practice and can be found as close as their own backyards. For more information on S3DA, QDMA and their conservation efforts please visit: https://www.s3da.org/s3da-conservation/

Pope & Young Club “North American Big Game Challenge”

The Pope & Young Club, one of America’s most prominent bow hunting and conservation organizations has been a long-time supporter of Scholastic 3-D Archery. The club’s long-standing commitment to conservation, bow hunting and fair-chase ethics resonated resoundingly with S3DA’s mission of recruiting and retaining youth archers while reactivating seasoned hunters from the beginning. The Pope & Young Club has partnered with and assisted S3DA in many different avenues since the inception of the program and it appears this partnership will thrive far into the future. “The Pope and Young Club is a strong supporter of S3DA. We believe that the S3DA programs are a clear path to developing an interest in bow hunting and  participation in the natural world. Bow hunters are the greatest conservationists and we need more of them,” Jack Frost, Vice President Pope and Young Club

Recently, the 2019 S3DA National 3-D and Outdoor Target Championships were held in Metropolis, Illinois. This week-long event garnered more than 1,100 participants from across the country, thousands of spectators, and a host of archery and conservation vendors. Throughout the week, several novelty type events were held to allow student/mentor teams to showcase their archery prowess on targets or courses they might not normally see. One of those events was the Pope & Young Club’s “North American Big Game Challenge.” This event consisted of ten big game Delta McKenzie 3-D targets modeled after big game wildlife common in North America such as elk, caribou, mule deer, big horn sheep, black panther, standing bear, mountain lion, antelope, black bear and several large deer in various situations.

Each S3DA student and their adult mentor were required to shoot these 3-D targets from various known distances. The totals from each student and their mentor were combined for an ending score. Awards were issued in each age-division and class. Everyone who participated were then put in a drawing for a grand prize winner of a guided hunt on a prestigious managed wildlife preserve in Kentucky. The participation for this event increased dramatically over the previous year and everyone was excited to see 3-D targets that they would not normally have the opportunity to shoot such as the Delta McKenzie elk and caribou.

Kynsley Redmon, a high school archer from the Daviess County Archery Team in Owensboro, KY said, “It was a great opportunity to shoot the Pope & Young Club’s North American Big Game Challenge. The range helped prepare me for the upcoming tournament as well as giving me valuable time to spend with my adult mentor who participated with me. The Challenge gave me the chance to relax, have fun, and shoot targets that I’d never shot before. I’m very thankful for the Pope & Young Club’s support of S3DA and all the great memories I made.”

The continued support from the Pope & Young Club allows S3DA to focus not only on expanding the horizons of competitive youth archers across the country but also introducing them to a lifetime of enjoyment in the outdoors. Conservation, bow hunting and competitive archery embody the spirited passion of outdoors men across the nation. The key to its sustainability begins with the foundation of youth that S3DA and Pope & Young are building.