Local youth archers take gold at championship

Youth archers take gold

Local youth archers took home gold medals at the IFAA World Bowhunter Championships recently. Brayden Lurz of Hoskins (from left), Bryce Lurz of Hoskins and Alexis Frye of Wayne pose with their medals.

Three young members of the Norfolk Archery Club attended a week-long outdoor archery shoot from Sept. 9-14 in the hills and bluffs around Lewis and Clark Lake in Yankton.

More than 20 countries were represented at the 2019 IFAA World Bowhunter Championships. This event is held every two years in different locations around the world using lifelike 3D animal targets in rough outdoor terrain. Contestants maneuvered through two different courses of targets over four days of shooting in rain, drizzle, mud and the hot sun.

Monday was the first day and consisted of equipment check in, registration and a welcoming ceremony. Tuesday and Wednesday started early with check in, practice and target assignments. Both days there were animal rounds where archers shot up to three arrows per target. Range officials were assigned to escort the cub shooters on the range. Rain and mud was all too familiar for the kids, but they managed to finish both long days.

Thursday morning when the kids went out on the range they got a surprise. The official that escorted them was Olympic gold medalist archer Rod White. The kids got to spend the whole day with him.

Friday was the last day of shooting, and it was a 3D standard round with only one arrow per target. This and the better weather made for a quicker day on the range. Saturday was the final day of the competition with closing ceremonies and awards. Archers from all over the world gathered together to wait for the results. Teams from Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Ireland and other countries assembled at tables. Italy received first, the U.S. had second and Austria was third.

All three kids attending from the Norfolk area brought home individual gold medals in the event. Alexis Frye won gold in cub female freestyle unlimited, Brayden Lurz won gold in cub male freestyle limited recurve, and Bryce Lurz won gold in cub male bowhunter compound.

Bryce Lurz was also informed that he had three new world records in the event. He received the new IFAA world cub compound bowhunter best score in the unmarked animal round, standard 3D round and hunter 3D round.

“Everyone was very excited to be involved in this competition. Just to be able to compete at this level and be surrounded by world class athletes is amazing,”  said coach Eric Frye  “The kids did a great job with the challenge, were able to meet lots of interesting people from around the world and also had a lot of fun.”

In other news

The Norfolk Archery Club will host a 450 Vegas tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. The tournament is open to the public. Start times for the tournament are 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday for youth/4-H only, with open shooting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. …

CRAWFORD — Tickets will soon go on sale for the 25th annual Christmas dinner at Fort Robinson State Park. The event Dec. 7 will take people back to 1878, an important year in the fort’s history.

I will fish open water as late into the fall as possible.  Pretty sure I ain’t done yet.  But, with the relatively cold fall we have had, I cannot help but wonder, how long until we have ice?  How long until I can icefish?

Norfolk native Anthony Thompson snapped this photo at one of the rest areas along the Cowboy Trail west of Ta-Ha-Zouka Park. “When you see a sunset like this one on the Elkhorn River, you are reminded of the incredible beauty of the Elkhorn River valley,” Thompson said.

LINCOLN — Preliminary deer check-in numbers indicate that statewide harvest numbers are up approximately 8% compared to the 2018 opening weekend of Nebraska’s firearm season.

Gunnar Kruid, 12, of Madison shows off his first antelope. The 3½-year-old doe was taken with a .243 caliber rifle in the Box Butte West unit on Nov. 2. Gunnar was hunting with his dad on private property.

December calendar of events

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in November. Get more event details at Calendar.OutdoorNebraska.gov. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org for a list of hunter education classes and boating safety classes.

Dec. 1 – Bobcat hunting and trapping season opens

Dec. 1-31 – Muzzleloader deer hunting season

Dec. 1-Jan. 15, 2020 – Antlerless elk hunting season

Dec. 4-8 – Pearl Harbor Exhibit, Fort Atkinson SHP, Fort Calhoun

Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 – Christmas at the Codys’, Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP, North Platte

Dec. 7 – Kids Christmas Bird Count, Lake Minatare State Recreation Area (SRA), Minatare

Dec. 7 – Historical Christmas Dinner, Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Crawford

Dec. 7-8 – DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) antlerless muzzleloader deer season

Dec. 7-31 – Light Up the Fort, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford

Dec. 7, 14, 21 – Christmas in the Woods, Ponca SP, Ponca

Dec. 8 – White-fronted goose hunting season, first segment closes

Dec. 14 – Nature’s Gifts: Decorations from the Great Outdoors, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gering

Dec. 14 – Classic Christmas, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland

Dec. 14-22 – Boyer Chute NWR antlerless deer hunting

Dec. 15 – Crow hunting season, first segment ends

Dec. 16 – Snipe hunting season closes

Dec. 17 – Duck and coot hunting season closes in zones 2 and 4

Dec. 18 – Christmas Bird Count, Ponca SP, Ponca

Dec. 21 – Yule Log Festival, Platte River SP, Louisville

Dec. 22 – Bighorn sheep hunting season closes

Dec. 24 – Duck and coot hunting season closes in Zone 1

Dec. 25 – Light goose hunting season, first segment closes

Dec. 28 – 8th Annual Winterfest, Ponca SP, Ponca

Dec. 31 – Archery antelope hunting season closes

Dec. 31 – Archery deer and Whitetail Statewide Buck hunting seasons close

Dec. 31 – Underwater spearfishing season closes

Dec. 31 – Archery fishing for game fish closes