Archery Program Hits the Bullseye with Education Efforts


Mar 11, 2001
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Archery Program Hits the Bullseye with Education Efforts


Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus ‘On Target’ with NASP Meeting

Jefferson City, Missouri - Leaders and members of the Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) had some fun ‘shooting the bull’ when they met recently with representatives of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) and students from South Callaway High School to take a few shots with bows and arrows and discuss Missouri’s continuing participation in the nationwide educational program.

Caucus leaders, Senator Frank Barnitz, Rep. Charlie Schlottach and Rep. J.C. Kuessner along with nearly 30 members of the House of Representatives were given personal instruction from Coach Mary Branum and the students of South Calloway. Joining them was Dave Murphy, Executive Director and Glenn Chambers, President of the CFM.

Caucus members heard an overview from Tom Bennett, NASP’s Director of Governmental Relations who linked the participation of students in the NASP program to the purchases of archery equipment and hunting licenses. Kevin Lohraff, Outdoor Skills Education coordinator for Missouri’s Department of Conservation (MDC) is the state coordinator for NASP and offered assistance in bringing the program to schools in the lawmakers’ districts.

The caucus voted unanimously to purchase a NASP archery kit of bows and supplies for South Callaway High School.

“Right now, we have twenty-seven schools equipped in Missouri and staff at 37 schools trained to instruct the program,” said Rep. Jason Brown, NASC Executive Council member. “We are aiming to double the number of schools by the end of this year.”

NASP is a joint venture between state departments of Education and Conservation. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the lifelong sport of Archery. The program’s focus is to provide International Style Target Archery training in physical education classes in grades 4 through 12.

On April 8th, Coach Branum and students will travel to the Capitol to be introduced on the floor of the House and be recognized for their efforts.

The Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus was founded in 2003 and was a founding member of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) in 2004. The leaders of the Caucus are Senator Frank Barnitz, Senator Dan Clemens, Rep. J.C. Kuessner and Rep. Charlie Schlottach. Representative Jason Brown serves on the NASC Executive Council.

“ We appreciate the support of the outdoor community as sponsors of our activities. Missouri sportsmen can thank Safari Club international, The National Wild Turkey Federation and Bass Pro Shops as well as CFM and NASC for their ongoing support,” said Rep. Schlottach. He added, “The caucus has always put aside partisan and political differences when it comes to sportsmen’s issues. We focus on ways to get the job done.”

Last November, the Missouri caucus hosted the 4th Annual NASC Sportsmen-Legislator summit which brought together state caucus leaders, wildlife managers and industry leaders to glean from each other ways to address the many issues facing sportsmen in the state legislatures across the country.

In the Show Me State, one-million outdoorsmen spend $6.6 million dollars per day and support 45,600 jobs, ranking Missouri 12th in the nation for total resident sportsmen. The ripple effect for all spending on recreational hunting and fishing is $4.1 billion dollars – truly an economic and political force to be reckoned with. To learn more,

About the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC)

The National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, a program of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), serves as the umbrella for 34 affiliated state legislative sportsmen's caucuses. NASC is the leader in providing information to protect and promote sportsmen's issues in state legislatures, serving as the venue for focused interaction and idea exchange among state caucus leaders and the outdoors community. For additional information, visit the NASC website at or call 202-543-6907.

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