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Okmulgee County Archery Days

Region 2, March 12, 2013
Students prepare to shoot their arrows at the archery competition shoot during the Okmulgee County Archery Days.
Students prepare to shoot their arrows at the archery competition shoot during the Okmulgee County Archery Days. - Photo Credit: n/a
Student learning how to bowfish during Okmulgee County Archery Days
Student learning how to bowfish during Okmulgee County Archery Days - Photo Credit: n/a
Student takes aim at 3-D animal targets during the Okmulgee County Archery Days.
Student takes aim at 3-D animal targets during the Okmulgee County Archery Days. - Photo Credit: n/a
Students learn about the Muskogee Creek Native American Cornstalk shoots at the Okmulgee County Archery Days event.
Students learn about the Muskogee Creek Native American Cornstalk shoots at the Okmulgee County Archery Days event. - Photo Credit: n/a

The eighth annual Okmulgee County Archery Days at Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) started out gloomy and cold. On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, approximately 120 fourth and fifth grade students ventured out to the Refuge to participate in several different archery activities. Students from the local schools of Morris, Schulter, Wilson, and Beggs attended the event. Students participated in a competition shoot, a bowfishing activity, a 3-D animal target shoot and a Native American Cornstalk shoot. By the time lunch was served, the clouds had rolled away and the students were able to take off their coats and enjoy a nice spring day flinging arrows at different types of targets. A lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, brownies and drinks was provided by the Friends of the Deep Fork NWR. Medals were awarded to the top three boys and the top three girls in the competition shoot and a trophy was awarded to the team with the highest scores for the top five boys and the top five girls. Morris Elementary School took home the trophy this year. Whitley Grimmett, Olivia Perryman, and Chloie Lock all from Morris Elementary School took home the medals for the Elementary School Girls tournament. Paine Suter from Morris Elementary School (gold medal), Daniel Markes from Beggs Elementary School ( silver medal), and Wyatt Short from Morris Elementary School (bronze medal) were the Elementary School Boys tournament medal winners.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013, started out sunny and warm. Approximately 140 sixth through twelfth graders from Morris, Beggs, Schulter, and Wilson visited the Refuge to participate in outdoor shooting related activities. The students participated in an archery competition shoot, 3-D animal target shooting, a shotgun training education shoot, and the Native American cornstalk shoot. Lunch was again provided by the Friends of the Deep Fork NWR. During the competition shoot, two different age groups were scored and a shoot-off for the top 15 students was held after lunch. For the Junior High Students, Beggs Middle School took home the trophy. Gunner Clevenger (Bronze medal), Tanner Dunlap (Silver medal) and Dalton Carr (Gold medal) were the medal winners from Morris Middle School. There was a tie for the Silver Medal and Lane Schism from Beggs Middle School took home that medal. Paiden Sterner (Gold medal) and Mackenzie Klutts (Bronze medal) took home the first medals from Schulter Schools. Halee Dodge from Morris Middle School took home the silver medal for the Junior High School Girls. Sophie Akuna (Bronze medal), Emma Shaw (Silver medal) and Hailey Rouk (Gold medal) were the medalists from the High School Girls. Cody Paschal(Gold), Colt Schrader (Silver), and Braden Sedgewick (Bronze) were the medalist from Beggs High School for the High School Boys competition. The team trophies went to Beggs Junior High School and Beggs High School. Funding for the trophies and medals was provided by the Okmulgee Tourism Committee.

Contact Info: Lori Jones, 505-248-6484, lori_jones@fws.gov