South Dakota’s 2022 Outdoor State Championship was held at Hartford Beach State Park Archery Range on Big Stone Lake from July 30-31. Bent Arrow Archery Range & Pro Shop of Milbank hosted the tournament. It was the first state tournament held at the new range, which was completed in 2021.
Josh Karels of Milbank won first place in the Adult Male Freestyle (AMFS) division with a score of 1060. Josh Anderson of Stockholm recorded a “Robin Hood.” A “Robin Hood is a feat named after the legendary archer and is claimed when an archer shoots an arrow into the tip of an arrow that is already in the target and splits it.
The two-day tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and featured 28 field targets on Saturday, and 14 hunter and 14 animal targets on Sunday. According to Mark Veen, owner of Bent Arrow, a perfect tournament score is 1134. It derives from a perfect field round score of 560, a perfect hunter round score of 280, and a perfect animal round score of 294. Target distances vary from 20 feet to 80 yards, and participating shooters are divided into age and equipment divisions.
The 10 Milbank-Area shooters who competed in the tournament included: Josh Anderson, David Cizadlo, Jaxen Dockter, Brad Jensen, Josh Karels, Scott Meineke, Dwight Peschong, Blake Swanson, Michael Thiele, and Arnie Veen. (Scores and styles are listed below.)
Veen says, “All proceeds from the shoot go to the Hartford Beach State Park Archery course for upkeep and improvements.”