For whatever reason, Paige Pearce never really seemed to fare well in Yankton. That all changed Friday for the 19-year-old professional archer from Red Bluff, California. Pearce, one of the top female shooters in the United States, set a new world during Friday’s final round of the International Field Archery Association (IFAA) World Field Championships in Yankton. She shot a score of 559, out of a possible 560, in a 112-arrow hunter round.
Elliott Stephens would be the first to tell you that archers seek a challenge.
And so, when faced with a mostly flat course Saturday at the fourth day of the NFAA Outdoor National Championships in Yankton, Stephens and his fellow archers were in for a treat.
Two of the 28 targets on the Badlands range — located next to the KOA campground — featured raised wooden platforms from where archers shot arrows, as well as a handful of other targets with interesting topography.
“These are generally flat courses, but they still did a nice job with it,” said Stephens, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Though 23 years apart in age, Susan Dillman and Heather Gore are proof that archery can be something a person can pick up at any stage in life.
The two female archers may have started shooting for different reasons, but the point is, they say, they fell in love with the sport.
“The passion came back,” Gore, a 26-year-old from Grass Valley, California, said Friday during the third day of the NFAA Outdoor National Championships in Yankton.
Gore, who comes from an “archery-loving” family, said she originally started shooting a bow at age two, but “put it away” for 10 years.
Her brother’s love for the sport played a key role in re-introducing her to it, she added.
Eight months ago, Kaylee Moss had no visions of competing at a national archery tournament.
The 11-year-old from Oklahoma City began shooting a bow in January after receiving one as a Christmas gift.
If there is a way to prepare itself for next summer’s World Archery Youth Championships, the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) is about to find out over the next two weeks. Nearly 600 archers will converge on Yankton for not one, but two, prestigious tournaments.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center hosted its second High Performance Compound Academy June 25-29, 2014. Top youth archers from across the country came to receive four days of advanced archery instruction from multiple top-level coaches. This year’s Academy has made huge strides since 2013. The 2014 graduating class grew from just nine archers in 2013 to twenty seven.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex will host the first annual NFAA Outdoor National Target Championships, October 4-5, 2014. The event will be a 2-day outdoor shoot featuring a NFAA 900 Round on Day 1 and a NFAA Classic 600 Round on Day 2. To celebrate the first year of the NFAA Outdoor tournament, the NFAA will offer a Professional Guarantee for the Male and Female Freestyle Divisions.
As part of a summer training camp, the South Dakota National Guard recently completed a project on the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) grounds in Yankton that will benefit the general public.
A comfort station that includes a bathroom, concession stand and registration area was started by the 155th Engineering Company of Wagner May 4 and finished in mid-June.
A South Dakota city with fewer than 15,000 residents is continuing to establish itself as an international archery powerhouse.
Yankton, a Missouri River community in the state's southeast corner, recently beat out Mexico City (population 8.8 million) in its bid to host the 2015 World Youth Championships. The weeklong event next June will draw some 600 competitors from more than 60 countries to the National Field Archery Association center.