I have been into archery since I was old enough to draw back my first "stick" bow. It has been a family pastime that I have been fortunate enough to partake in for most of my life. Practicing every night after school, even before I touch my homework, in order to be my best on the field. Am I good at archery? Kind of. Am I decent at shooting my bow? Usually, I fall in the middle of the pack. Which is probably why you don't see me wearing a jersey with all of my sponsors' names on it while standing on the winner's podium holding up a giant check.

Montana is home to some very talented archers.

Archery has been around since the dawn of man. In fact according to Wikipedia:

The oldest known evidence of the bow and arrow comes from South African sites such as Sibudu Cave, where the remains of bone and stone arrowheads have been found dating approximately 72,000 to 60,000 years ago.  Based on indirect evidence, the bow also seems to have appeared or reappeared later in Eurasia, near the transition from the Upper Paleolithic to the Mesolithic. The earliest definite remains of bow and arrow from Europe are possible fragments from Germany found at Mannheim-Vogelstang dated 17,500 to 18,000 years ago, and at Stellmoor dated 11,000 years ago.

It is a sport that relies on physically being able to draw and release the bow. But, it is more of a mental sport than it is physical. As archers tend to battle their brains in an attempt to achieve proper form and steady their aim.

A Montana archer managed to find himself standing on the winner's podium with an oversized check this weekend.

Kris Schaff competed with archers from all over the world this weekend in Vegas. He was competing in the World Series of Indoor Archery: Vegas Shoot. Raking in an impressive $57,000.

Congrats to Kris on his win. Thanks for representing Montana in Las Vegas.

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