Tennessee S3DA launched the 2021 3-D competition season with dual 3-D regionals located in East and West Tennessee. Crossroads Archery hosted the East TN Regional event at the Union County Archery range in Maynardville, Tennessee while Bradford Archery hosted the West TN Regional event at the Carroll County Shooting Sports Complex in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Union County Archery range has become a staple venue for TN S3DA, as this is the 3rd annual event held at this location. The Carroll County Shooting Sports Complex is one of the 4 new locations for Tennessee S3DA this year, but by all accounts, an excellent venue.
The week prior to each of the regionals there was some rain and cool temperatures across the state that made for some wet conditions out on the ranges. Nonetheless, many archers braved the conditions and participated in the two regionals. Most of these archers seemed to love the mud and they did not let the weather stop them from having a good time, as there were plenty of smiles and laughs all-around.
Union County Archery Range owner, Randy Jones, was on hand late Saturday afternoon and commented, “It looks like everyone had a good time. I saw a lot of smiling faces. I am happy to be able to host these youth events and look forward to many more in the future!”
Notably, this was the first 3-D regional for approximately twenty-five archers. Among those was Lillian Thurber with Muddy Bayou Archery. Lillian shared that she loved her first 3-D shoot and said, “3D archery is a lot of fun and it helps me really work on improving how I shoot. Being in nature, doing archery, and making new friends is the best!”