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THE National Archery in the Schools program is designed to give more youngsters an opportunity to discover the joys of the shooting sports. This past March, 437 students from across Pennsylvania registered to compete in the 2010 Pennsylvania NASP® Championship held on the campus of Penn State. In all, 299 students participated, though, a large number of students couldn’t make it, because extreme flooding closed many schools that day.

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HILE THIS FEATURE is a report on the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) championship, I felt it was important to add some personal observations up front. While I would normally put such comments at the end of a feature, I chose to put them at the beginning because I feel so strongly about my experience. I have been involved in archery for more than 60 years, and during that time attended and shot in archery tournaments all over the country on local, state, regional and national levels. I had no real expectations when I attended, as an observer, the 2011 NASP® state championship held in Penn State’s Multi-Sports Facility on March 11. After all, it was just a bunch of kids shooting bows; no big deal. I could not have been more wrong. NASP® is a nationwide program that is coordinated in Pennsylvania by the Game Commission. What I observed that day in March was an event unlike any I have ever seen before in regard to organization, safety and discipline. Just imagine having several hundred kids in one room with bows and arrows all anxious to shoot, and you get an

idea of the size of the challenge. The Game Commission employees who participated did an outstanding and professional job in making sure the tournament ran smoothly. The kids in attendance were still kids when not on the shooting line, well behaved, but still a little silly at times. But when they stepped up to the shooting line they were as professional and disciplined as could be, and I must say better mannered and more safety conscious than many “adult archers” I have shot with in the past. I was truly impressed by all, and in my opinion the Game Commission deserves a lot of credit for a job well done. NASP® is designed to bring youngsters into the shooting sports, which helps expose them to hunting and other outdoor and shooting related sports as well. NASP® is based on international-style target archery and made available through physical education classes in grades 4 through 12. It began in 2001, as a joint venture between the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Ken7

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Triple Trophy — Thrice
National Archery in the Schools Program
One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
State Game Lands 93
Right Violators, Wrong Deer
A Shot in the Pines
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist's Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 3
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Triple Trophy — Thrice
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - National Archery in the Schools Program
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - One More Squirrel Hunt with Dad
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 12
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Harvey Roberts
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Pennsylvania’s Hunter Access Program
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - State Game Lands 93
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Right Violators, Wrong Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - A Shot in the Pines
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - The Naturalist's Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 60
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2011 - Crossings
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