South Dakota youth will be “hunting” for high scores this weekend as the Game, Fish and Parks Department presents the Third Annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Tournament in Brookings.

The tournament will be held on Saturday (March 31) at the Swiftel Events Center. Young people from grades four through 12 who have participated in an in-school NASP program are eligible to compete.

The NASP tournament tests the skills of archers using a compound bow from both 10 and 15 meters.

“The tournament is designed to be an exciting event for all participants and will bring out the competitive spirit in our young target archers,” said Jason Kool, GFP’s NASP coordinator.

In its third year, the tournament will include participation from schools across the state.

Prizes include free compound bows for individual winners and trophies for individual as well as team winners in each division (elementary, middle, high school). Trophies are provided through generous donations from Dakota Archery and Outdoor Sports of Yankton, The National Field Archery Association of Yankton, The Spearfish Rifle and Trap Club, and the Easton Foundation. Door prizes have also been donated for participants by Scheels of Sioux Falls and GFP. The Brookings Chamber of Commerce and Convention Bureau is also a major sponsor of the event.

Volunteer’s are needed for the tournament to help with judging, score tabulating and assorted other jobs. Please contact 605-220-2130 or outdoorprogramming@gmail.com if you are interested in helping or would like more information.

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