The 2nd Annual Fremont County 3D Archery Tournament was held at the Fremont County Archery Range in Sidney on Aug. 25. This is a location change from last year, when it was at Waubonsie State Park.
For the second year in a row, this tournament was made possible by a generous donation from the Fremont County Tourism Commission as well as donations and sponsorships from local businesses.
Organizers of the tournament said they hoped to draw attention to the archery facilities in the county, along with the neighboring campground and golf course, but also to encourage participants and their guests to visit local businesses and discover all the county has to offer.
“We gave out a lot of free passes and meals, etc.,” Sandra Parmenter said, “that would take our archers right to our sponsors. I think this is one of the best ways to get new people in those doors.”
“Next year,” Parmenter added, “we hope to add even more tickets, passes and gift certificates that will really showcase the county and give people lots of reasons to come back.”
Archers were given two shots at each of 20 3D animal targets, and could score 11, 10, 8, 5 or 0 points with each shot. All 40 shots were added together for the archers’ final scores.            
In the Adult Male Compound Hunter division, Charles Dovel took 1st place with a score of 258. In the Adult Male Compound Open division, Brady Coates placed 1st with 303 points, Mike Kenter was a close 2nd with 301 points, and Mike Dovel took 3rd with 264 points.
In the Youth Male Compound Open division, Andruw King of Maryville placed 1st with 43 points. In the Youth Female Compound Open division, Mariah Hamilton of Lincoln placed 1st with 98 points.
For Hamilton, who participates in a school archery team in Lincoln, shooting at 3D animal targets was a new experience. King, the youngest of all of the participants, struggled some with losing arrows in the brushy berm behind the targets, but otherwise enjoyed the challenge.
Kenter, Coates and both Dovels expressed an interest in helping set up the archery tournament next year, saying they knew how much work was involved, and would enjoy being involved.
“We ask our participants each year what we’ve done right and how we can improve,” Parmenter said, “and they’ve always been very helpful. With the input we received this year we’re already excited about next year’s tournament and anxious to get started. Our goal is always to make it challenging for the best shooters, easy enough for the newbies, and welcoming and fun for everyone.”