Whitetails Unlimited Supports Scholastic 3-D Archery

Whitetails Unlimited has committed to continue support for the Scholastic 3-D Archery program by providing $2,500 towards new conservation initiatives. S3DA™ is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of new hunters and conservationists but also reactivating those who may have dropped off the hunting rolls. A new initiative to encourage growth by providing start-up grants for new clubs nationwide was recently unveiled and is garnering serious interest. Whitetails Unlimited has supported S3DA™ at the local, regional, state and national level by awarding grants over the past 3 years.

Russ Austad, Whitetails Unlimited – Program Services Director states, “Whitetails Unlimited is very interested in expanding the sport of safe, regulated hunting, and S3DA™ is a great way for youngsters to gain the needed experience and skills to become safe and ethical bowhunters while supporting conservation throughout their lives.”

HHA Sports Continues Support for Scholastic 3-D Archery

HHA Sports recently confirmed their long-standing support of youth archery by naming the Scholastic 3-D Archery Association as the recipient of a 2019 sponsorship. HHA joins a growing list of companies that have realized the future of the outdoor industry resides in the youth of our nation. HHA has committed sponsorship dollars to help S3DA™ grow archery and bow hunter numbers. HHA Sports has been producing the world’s best archery accessories for over 30 years, with nearly 2 decades as the leader in single pin sight technology. HHA Sports produces the award-winning line of American-made Optimizer bow sights as well as arrow rests and other high-quality archery accessories.

“I am excited to be given the opportunity to continue S3DA’s partnership with HHA. HHA continually produces some of the finest archery equipment on the market and their team is always willing to work with us on the many initiatives we utilize to get kids involved in not only target archery but also conservation and bowhunting across the United States. Partnerships like these will allow us to take the outdoors industry to a higher level than ever before by helping kids learn to love archery like generations before us,” stated Jennie Richardson, S3DA™ Executive Director.

“With the explosion and growth of S3DA™, it is a no brainer to continue to work with and be a partner of S3DA™. By providing an environment where youth can learn and participate, S3DA™ plays a very important role in ensuring that the archery and hunting industry thrives. HHA looks forward to continuing to support S3DA™ with their initiatives to ensure we have participants in the sport we are all passionate about for years to come,” stated HHA Director of Sales and Marketing, Scott Bakken.

For more information about HHA Sports, visit their website at https://www.hhasports.com/.

S3DA™ Appoints Conservation Outreach Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery added a new position to further bridge the gap between the competition archery world and the conservation world by providing expansion assistance to states in the western United States and needed sustainability to conservation centered S3DA™ clubs nationwide. Scott Cronin will serve as the S3DA™ National Conservation Outreach Coordinator, and will work closely with partnering organizations as well as assisting with the implementation of conservation practices at the state and regional level to guide youth, along with their families, friends and local spectators, into a lifetime of enjoyment in the outdoors. Cronin is a graduate from the Safari Club International American Wilderness Leadership School, a Hunter Education/Agriculture Instructor at Muhlenberg County High School, and an Associate Professor for Murray State University, Racer Academy.

Scott Cronin currently resides in Central City, KY with his wife, Morgan, and their daughter, Addyson. Cronin enjoys hunting waterfowl, whitetail deer and turkeys. Over the years he has evolved as a hunter and now enjoys other aspects of the hunt such as location, friends and the overall hunting experience rather than going after a specific species of game. Cronin has traveled throughout North America as a sportsman engaged in outdoor recreational activities. He has learned that some of the hardest tasks can reap the greatest rewards, especially when advocating for hunters and conservation.

Scott enjoys working closely with companies and organizations in efforts geared toward recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters. Cronin’s commitment and success encouraging others to pursue conservation, hunting, shooting sports and outdoor recreation continues to gain not only local but national attention. He has vast experience working with a multitude of organizations, companies and individuals. The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) selected him as Educator of the Year and he has been honored by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for his work regarding the success of the Explore Bowhunting program.

Cronin became aware of S3DA™ and eventually learned of the incredible impact S3DA™ is having on youth. He saw the potential for a growth movement that could positively advocate for hunting and conservation. Cronin states, “I truly know that S3DA™ in short time will be one of the most unique and successful organizations the country has ever seen in promoting competitive archery and conservation to youth. I see the opportunity as a privilege and honor to promote such great things through networking and education. Conservation has come natural to me because of my enjoyment of living life outdoors. Growing up, I gained appreciation for nature in general by being engaged in farming, camping, fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation activities. Having outstanding mentors and being active in organizations were influential in paving a direction for me to dedicate a part of my life towards promoting conservation and educating others. My parents were selfless and invested their time in raising my brother and me. Our family time was spent throughout this great country on the lake or in the woods once all our work was complete. The commitment and encouragement these individuals provided allowed me to realize life is about making the most out of opportunity.”