Up North: Athletes Take Aim at MN NASP State Competitions in Duluth

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: April 03, 2019 11:08 PM

Duluth, Minn. - Athletes aim to be part of state events and hundreds earned a shot at state in Duluth last Friday and Saturday.

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You may have heard that X marks the spot, but it was the the bulls-eye that thousands of archers were aiming for at the state tournament at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) complex, which includes AMSOIL Arena.

Over 1,600 students and 45 teams competed in the 14th Annual Minnesota State National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Tournament. It is one of the few sports were both boys and girls represent the same team.

"So you have to have a minimum of 12 kids to make an official team score. Four boys and four girls and the next four could be boys or girls and that works for 3D or bulls-eye," says Kraig Kiger, the State Shooting Sports Coordinator.

3D and Bulls-eye are two of the shooting styles at state. Bulls-eye is a typical round target while 3D puts the target in the representation of an animal, which most kids are used to growing up hunting.

"Most of the kids in our area get interested in archery from deer hunting. But this a complete different style of shooting than deer hunting is. But at least it gets them interested. They see the bows and they see their friends that are shooting and it gets them in the program," says Josh Bradford, the Grand Rapids Archery Coach.

The program is not just for high schoolers. Archers from 4th to 12th grade participate in the tournament.

"You always want to try to be your best when you're shooting, be competitive," says Samantha Cuff, a six grader with the Mountain Iron-Buhl Archery Team.

NASP competitions are primarily run by the department of fish and wildlife and they offer quite the prize for top archers.

"The top male and top female win a lifetime hunting or fishing license of their choice. So they can literally carry their trophy with them in a lifetime license," says Kiger.

In addition, 20,000 dollars in scholarships are awarded to high scorers. But the primary purpose of being involved in the program is to have fun.

"I love it, that's pretty much all I have to say," says Cuff.

For results from the Bulls-Eye Tournament, click here.

For results from the 3D Tournament, click here.


Alicia Tipcke

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