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Minnehaha Archers More Popular Than Ever

February 28, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Minnehaha Archers More Popular Than Ever
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It started with a group of 25 kids looking to expand their talents with the bow. Now, the Minnehaha Archers are seeing a major increase in participation.

"Archery has been infused into the mainstream through movies, through even in the school programs like NASP, National Archery in the Schools, so they're all fascinated with archery," Brian Klatt said.

Kids of all ages are taking part in what many are calling a primal sport, and the talent level is high. In fact, the group has some of the better archers in the country.

"I started when I was about four, and I just think it's really fun and I started out shooting in our basement and I moved out to a shop," 5th grade archer Jessarae Klatt said.

"My dad shot archery a lot, so he got me a bow and arrow and I just started shooting and I really liked it," 4th grade archer Jacob Johnson said.

The kids are competing at different competitions around the country, testing their skills against other top talents. One of the biggest skills these kids are mastering is focus.

"Probably trying to concentrate and trying to block out any of the noise that's going on around you. It's really difficult," Jessarae Klatt said.

"You shoot a bad shot and you're like ' Oh, I shot a bad shot.' It's getting over that. It gets frustrating sometimes when you're shooting really bad and the next day you'll be shooting good," 9th grade archer Cole Feterl said.

It takes years of practice and dedication to reach the talent level of these kids, and they are more than willing to share some tips. Everything may start in the shooting range, but the kids have bigger goals in mind.

"My goal is to win a lot of tournaments and try to become a professional archer," Johnson said.

"I'd like to be a pro, more than anything. I've practiced a lot trying to get there. I don't know if I ever will get there, it's a hard thing to do, but I try," Feterl said.

With the continuous growth in the sport's popularity, Klatt says that he wouldn't be surprised if more groups like the Minnehaha Archers start popping up in the coming years.

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