One of the most popular spots at the 3i Show is the archery range set up by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
The department supplies Genesis compound bows, arrows and targets as well as the arrow stop. Trained instructors help kids or adults of all experience levels try their skill at hitting the target.
This year, the archery range will be inside the Western State Bank Expo building on the concrete side.
KDWPT staff will also be on hand at booth I-274 to answer questions about the Walk-In Hunting and Fishing programs, the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, Habitat First, and other private-land programs.
Kansas has had an archery education program in public schools since 2006 when the state adopted the National Archery in the Schools Program. There are more than 360 teachers from 150 schools who have completed the Basic Archery Instructor training program.
The Kansas Archery in the Schools Program promotes student education and participation in life-skills shooting sports. The mission of the program is to promote international-style target archery as part of in-school curriculum, to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports among students in fourth through 12th grade. The Kansas Archery in the Schools Program operates under the umbrella of the National Archery in the Schools Program.
Teachers say the archery program has been shown to improve school attendance, increase self-esteem, increase physical activity, translate into subject matter, get kids outdoors, become an after-school activity and truly change lives one arrow at a time.
KDWPT instructors say almost everyone can find success in archery, regardless of age, size or physical ability. Statistics show that school archery programs engage more students in the educational process, improve classroom performance and reduce dropout rates.
You can learn more about the National Archery in the Schools Program at ksoutdoors.com/services/education/archery-in-the-schools or contact Aaron Austin at [email protected]. Austin can also be reached by phone at 620-672-5911.
The 63rd annual 3I Show opens on Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 14. The show grounds are at the Western State Bank Expo building in Dodge City.