A record 3,132 participants, including 140 teams, from across the state of Missouri took part in the 2018 Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was there too by contributing funding to assist with targets and supplies.
Boys and girls from grades four through 12 had the opportunity to compete for trophies in the bull’s eye and 3-D target competitions.
When not competing, they and their families shot air rifles and visited a wide range of other activities designed to promote interest in conservation and outdoor activities.
Hunting generated nearly $800 million dollars for conservation in 2017.
The more hunters stock up on archery equipment, ammunition and rifles, the more money that accumulates via excise taxes for conservation.
That’s why it’s important that more young people like those competing in Missouri and around the nation learn more about shooting, hunting and other skills because as future hunters they will fund future conservation work.
Funded and supported by hunter-based organizations like RMEF, events like this one highlight how Hunting Is Conservation.
Go here to watch a video produced at the tournament.