Young archers take big prize


A local team and individual competitor took center stage recently in a state archery competition. 

More than 150 student archers from 13 Georgia elementary, middle and high schools recently participated in the second annual 2016 National Archery in the Schools International Bowhunters Organization Georgia 3D Chal- lenge in Dublin, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

In the elementary school division, Eagle’s Nest Christian Home Educators Association from Newnan took first place, while one of its team members, Aiden Ratliff, placed third overall in the elementary male category. 

Participation in this tournament doubled from the previous year with registration filling within two hours of opening. Many of these student archers recently had participated in the NASP State Tournament. 

This event required archers to shoot at a variety of three-dimensional animal targets from varying ranges between 10 and 15 meters. 

The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school archery curriculum that meets all education department standards. Only schools that are certified in NASP through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are qualified to compete in the Georgia Tournament. Schools in more than 100 counties in Georgia are NASP certified. 

For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range near you, visit, contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office or phone 770-761-3010.