S3DA 3-D National Championship Announced and Other Hunting Retailer News

S3DA 3-D National Championship dates and location announced; Alex Baer joins IHEA-USA as COO; 2020 National R3 Symposium moved to 2021; and S3DA video tribute to the class of 2020.

S3DA 3-D National Championship Announced and Other Hunting Retailer News

2020 S3DA 3-D National Championship

The Scholastic 3-D Archery program (S3DA) recently announced that its 2020 3-D National Championship will be July 23-26 in London, Kentucky, at the Laurel County Fairgrounds.

London is familiar to many archers, as the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) has held an event on the fairgrounds for many years.

S3DA will offer some fun bonus events that include a 20 target 3-D practice range, North American Big Game Bowhunting Challenge with life-like targets such as elk, caribou and bighorn sheep, and a Long-Shot Challenge.

This event was originally scheduled to take place at a new venue in Rend Lake, Illinois. However, due to circumstances caused by the global pandemic, it was moved to London for 2020 but will return to Rend Lake in 2021. Vendors interested in booth space for the 2020 event can contact Amanda Long, S3DA Program & Event Support Coordinator, at (606) 524-3685.


Alex Baer Joins IHEA-USA as COO

Alex Baer has been named chief operating officer for the International Hunter Education Association for the United States (IHEA-USA).

Baer will assume multiple roles of day-to-day operations which include budget development and growth, technology management, business and investment planning, administrative policy, strategic and other organization-wide planning, communications and memberships. This position additionally provides programmatic direction and support to all 50 state hunter education administrators and more than 55,000 volunteer hunter education instructors and as such will work with the IHEA-USA board, and committees.

Baer most recently operated as an outdoor industry consultant with the Baer Outdoor Group, where he contributed to projects for private industry as well as NGO partners such as the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. Prior to that, he was the sales director at onXmaps, Inc. for five years.


Council Moves 2020 National R3 Symposium to 2021

The Council to Advance to Hunting and the Shooting Sports announced it has rescheduled the in-person National R3 Symposium to May 2021 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Through the last few months the Council has increased its work in providing a forum for the R3 community to discuss and adapt to the changes presented by COVID-19. Participation in the National R3 Community and other virtual events has increased significantly since the onset of the pandemic.

Recognizing the need to maintain momentum in the R3 movement and focus on retaining participation in outdoor activities, the Council will host a virtual R3 Summit the week of Aug. 24, 2020. The Council will work with partners and members of the National R3 Implementation Workgroup to identify the key topics and trainings needed right now, then build a schedule of events to help R3 professionals continue momentum into the fall months.

Details of the 2021 National R3 Symposium and the virtual R3 Summit in August will be available in the coming weeks.


S3DA Video Tribute to the Class of 2020

When the senior class of 2020 began its final year last fall, nobody had an inkling of the chaos that would ensue during the global pandemic. The class of 2020 was unique, as some had been involved in the S3DA program from the beginning.

Unfortunately, their archery season and final year of high school were cut short. In the midst of this chaotic archery season, Scholastic 3-D Archery released a tribute video to recognize the 2020 S3DA Senior Class. Parents, coaches and students were instrumental in making this video possible by submitting tons of pictures.

The 2020 S3DA Senior Class consists of approximately 165 archers from 22 states and 92 S3DA clubs and teams combined. Check out the video below.


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