Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Dustin Grate of Reno, Nevada as the new Nevada State Coordinator. Dustin will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Nevada including planning of events, coordinating trainings, and dividing the state into regions. Dustin is a sitting board member for the Nevada Bow Hunters Association (NBHA) and has great relations with various foundations such as the Wild Sheep Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Silver Arrow Bowman and other groups around Nevada and the West Coast. He currently is the Head Coach of the S3DA Team, Wasting Arrows. Dustin stated, “I reached out to S3DA because I felt that our community needed more youth activities. Archery has always been a passion in my life where I have not only been lucky enough to have a family that supports it but enjoys the thrill of it as well. S3DA saw my vision and passion for archery and youth to grow in this area and I intend to not only be the State Coordinator of Nevada, but to assist with growing S3DA along the West Coast.”
At an early age, Dustin began with an interest in firearms and would go from target practice to the woods to harvest an animal. Somewhere along the way, he switched to archery hunting as he loves the close and personal experience. He sometimes has feelings of frustrations when bowhunting but says that is what continues to drive him back for more. Dustin, his wife, Dani, and their two boys, Talen and Tyce, are avid archers, hunters, and love the outdoors. Dani grew up shooting competitively and gave that up for school, but now she has reconnected her love for archery and has started shooting again. Dani recently shot a mule deer with her bow and then was lucky enough to draw an archery bull elk tag where she made an ethical 58-yard shot on an amazing bull elk. Dustin enjoys guiding his wife and their two boys in to animals and watching them more than he enjoys hunting for himself.
Nevada allows for a great outdoor experience and has a population of just over three million people spanning sixteen counties. Dustin’s goal is to increase awareness of the S3DA program across these counties and encourage everyone to participate. As NEW S3DA team’s start-up across the state and more student and coach memberships are added, Dustin will work to implement regional and state events. Dustin stated, “The youth need more options in the archery development stages. Our goal and our mission for S3DA is to grow our population of youth archers. We want to teach them how to shoot and enjoy archery while also teaching them about conservation and hunting ethics.”