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By Dave Mass From Archery Business

Student archers, along with coaches, friends and family recently traveled to the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Western National Tournament, located at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, for their chance to earn top honors and advance to the Open Championship this summer.

Attending the tournament were 1,252 student archers, from 23 states, which is a 93 percent increase from last year’s 649 attendees. This set a new record for the Western NASP Nationals. For 37 schools, this year’s tournament was the first time they’ve qualified and attended a NASP national tournament.

“It is interesting and exciting that the growth of the Western NASP Nationals is growing in participation and enthusiasm at an almost identical pace as has the Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky,” said NASP CEO/President Roy Grimes.

Taking first place for high schools in the 2019 Western NASP Nationals was Battlefield High School (Virginia) with 3,361 points out of 3,600.

Taking first place for high schools in the 2019 Western NASP Nationals was Battlefield High School (Virginia) with 3,361 points out of 3,600.

Scores from both NASP tournaments, Eastern and Western, will be combined to determine which individuals and teams will advance to the Open Championship, July 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee, for their chance at winning $175,000 dollars in scholarship money.

NASP staff says these tournaments wouldn’t be possible without the help of many volunteers who spend hours arranging targets and arrows on the range, and taping floors to make sure the set-up aligns with NASP’s safety-specific rules and procedures. NASP sponsors include the Mule Deer Foundation, Hoyt Archery, Mathews and Mission Archery, Easton Technical Products, Whitetails Unlimited, Academy Sports and Outdoors, BCY, Feradyne, EA Promos, Rinehart and American Whitetail Targets. Sponsors provide support, equipment and awards for NASP tournaments.Subscribe: If you don’t want to bring your iPad into the bathroom, we can send you a magazine subscription for free!

Half a Million Arrows Fly at 2019 Eastern NASP Nationals

Louisville, Kentucky was inundated with planes, trains, buses and automobiles when approximately 45,000 student archers, coaches, family, friends and other spectators gathered at the Louisville Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center for the 2019 NASP Eastern National Tournament.

This year’s turnout set another new record for the world-renowned archery program with 14,946 archers in attendance. Last year, 14,139 students competed in the event.

Castle High School from Newburgh, Indiana, was the overall top high school target team during the 2019 Eastern Nationals with a score of 3,480 out of 3,600. Castle High also won the title in 2018.

Castle High School from Newburgh, Indiana, was the overall top high school target team during the 2019 Eastern Nationals with a score of 3,480 out of 3,600. Castle High also won the title in 2018.

Said NASP CEO/President Roy Grimes: “Both the Western and Eastern NASP Nationals held in Salt Lake City and Louisville, just set new participation records with a combined 16,198 shooters. This represents a 10 percent increase over the previous record set in 2017 of 14,788 archers. In fact, it is very rare when the number of student archers attending NASP Nationals doesn’t set a new record. Regular record-breaking attendance is due partly to generous program sponsors, who make it possible for new schools to receive equipment grants as they adopt the program. With about 60 percent of schools joining in some type of archery competition, it makes sense that archer numbers qualifying to attend Nationals will continue to grow. Many think NASP National tournament participations will reach 20,000 students in the near future.”

Next up for many of these archers, will be the 2019 NASP Open Championship, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 25-27. Day one (the 25th) will be a new “Open” competition. NASP Archers who have never competed, or have competed but didn’t make the state or national tournaments, are invited to attend Day 1 of the tournament, which is the Open. Top archers from this first day will earn a spot in the Championship that follows the next 2 days. Archers who attend the Open must be registered by their NASP certified teacher or coach.

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Additionally, archers who achieved top honors at this year’s Eastern and Western National Tournaments will also advance to the 2019 NASP Open & Championship in July to participate in the US National Scholarship Shoot-off and a chance at winning a share of $113,000 scholarship cash to use at any post-secondary education institution after graduating high school.Related: Easton Elite Takedown Hip Quiver With Belt

For more information on NASP Tournaments, visit www.nasptournaments.org. For general information on NASP, visit www.naspschools.org.

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Why Passing This 180-Inch Deer Was the Right Thing to Do

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

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Don Higgins passes a giant buck he named Smokey in 2016. You might think he’s insane, but not so fast.

It’s common knowledge in the deer hunting world: if you want to kill absolutely giant bucks, you’ll have to pass great bucks. And, as you’ve seen in another article of ours, Don Higgins recently tagged a buck he called Smokey during the 2017 Illinois archery season. Not just any buck, but the buck of a lifetime.

Many people don’t know the history Don has with this 200-plus Illinois giant. He passed this buck many times in 2016, and Smokey was no slouch. This deer was probably a 180-inch deer then, but Don knew the potential it had with another year of development.

Along with knowing its potential, Don had this buck dialed in. He knew its personality, its favorite bedding area and its favorite place to feed. Therefore, he was extremely confident he would be able to get another crack at him the next year.

Here’s a video of one of the hunts when Higgins passed Smokey. Would I be able to do it? Absolutely not at this point in my hunting career! But do I think he’s an idiot like most hunters screamed? Absolutely not! I admire the man for his discipline, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the woods. And if a hunter has the abilities to let a deer walk like that, more power to him.

Here is the video, check this out!

Passing Smokey

Posted by Don Higgins / Higgins Outdoors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As you can see, this is an incredible buck for any bowhunter. When Don posted this video on his social media pages, it was followed with mixed opinions. Some praised him and many said he was a fool because the deer was at full potential.

Don Higgins

But Don was able to silence the haters this year when he harvested Smokey just like he thought he would. A whopping 207 inches of Illinois bone later, Don had harvested his second 200-inch Illinois whitetail.

Well done, Don. I just can’t get over this video and also what Smokey turned into this hunting season.

NEXT: IS IT OK TO SHOOT A DOE WITH FAWNS?

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Ruger Announces New Custom Shop 10/22 Rifle with Skeletonized Green Mountain Laminate Stock

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce a new 10/22® Competition Rifle to the Ruger® Custom Shop line of firearms. This new variation boasts a skeletonized green mountain laminate stock and a stainless steel bull barrel. The 16-1/8″ stainless steel bull barrel features black Cerakote® accents and is fluted to reduce […]

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Land & Legacy – Determining the Success of Your Season

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Here is your pre-season pep rally! We take time this week to discuss how you should gauge the success of your season. Yes, big bucks are fun and play a role in our season, but there is much more weighing in on the success of a long hunting season. The outdoors is a medium or a way for you to draw closer to creation. Don’t overlook the opportunities this season to understand the importance of being silent and listening!

In addition, to determining the success of a season, we also discuss why you need to record your hunting observations. Each hunting season is an opportunity to learn more about what deer want to be doing on your property. These patterns or lack of patterns you are observing are strong indicators of the habitat work that needs to be completed on the property. We walk you through how to interpret these signs on your property. We will teach you to be intentional this hunting season and take a note pad to the stand with you. Learn more about your property and yourself more than ever this fall.

We hope this season is filled with encounters, not only with target deer, but with the Creator himself. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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Here is your pre-season pep rally! We take time this week to discuss how you should gauge the success of your season. Yes, big bucks are fun and play a role in our season, but there is much more weighing in on the success of a long hunting season. The outdoors is a medium or a way for you to draw closer to creation. Don’t overlook the opportunities this season to understand the importance of being silent and listening!

In addition, to determining the success of a season, we also discuss why you need to record your hunting observations. Each hunting season is an opportunity to learn more about what deer want to be doing on your property. These patterns or lack of patterns you are observing are strong indicators of the habitat work that needs to be completed on the property. We walk you through how to interpret these signs on your property. We will teach you to be intentional this hunting season and take a note pad to the stand with you. Learn more about your property and yourself more than ever this fall.

We hope this season is filled with encounters, not only with target deer, but with the Creator himself. Enjoy.Learn.Share! #ForLoveoftheLand

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