Slots are filling up for Fort Riley's one-of-a-king Bow Slinger 3-D Archery Tournament on Aug. 21 and 22. The event is the only tournament in the world where competitors can shoot from an M-1 tank. Archers of all ages, military or civilian, are invited to take on the nearly two-mile course , featuring three-dimensional targets, including the "Bigfoot of the Flint Hills."
Pre-register by Aug. 20 at riley.armymwr.com or in person at Fort Riley's Outdoor Adventure Park, 5202 Normandy Drive. Registration fees are $45 for active duty Soldiers, $35 for youth age $17 and under, and $45-$55 for all other adults depending on the category. Youth categories are ages 8-11, 12-14, and 15-17 years old. Youth will compete on Aug. 21 and adults will compete on Aug. 22.
Top five shooters from each category with 10 or more shooters will compete in a class shoot-off for cash prizes. Check-in begins at 7a.m. each day, with a mandatory meeting for all shooters at 8:30. The tournament slings into action at 9. Food will be available for purchase and the event should wrap up by 2p.m..
Archers without Department of Defense ID cards who wish to take on the challenge can get a day pass at the Visitor Control Center at the Marshall Army Airfield Gate located off I-70, exit 301. Pre-registered participants will not need to stop at the Visitor Control Center, but must use Henry Gate for access. More information about accessing Fort Riley can be found at home.army.mil/riley or by calling 785-239-2982. The Visitor Control Center is open 5a.m. to 9p.m. weekdays, and 8a.m. to 4p.m. on weekends.
For more information about Fort Riley's one-of-a-kind archery tournament, call 785-239-5412.