Registration is open through March 7 at the KDFWR Web site, fw.ky.gov (click on the NASP logo).
Members and coaches of the U.S. Olympic archery team and professional archers will be at the tournament.
According to the KDFWR, Kentucky has more than 450 schools enrolled in NASP as part of their physical education curriculum. In last year's NASP tournament, Kentuckians swept the national championships in the boys, girls and team divisions.
Ashley Rose of Pulaski County High School and Graham Cofield of Trigg County High School won the girls and boys championships. Trigg swept all three team awards, claiming the high school, middle school and elementary school titles.
Reward for eagle shooter
There is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person who shot an eagle in central Kentucky last month.
I was trying to think of a reason, other than just being irresponsible in judgment, for shooting this majestic bird, which was apparently perched in a tree alongside a road. As it is a very large bird, it wouldn't take a Daniel Boone wannabe to hit it with a rifle bullet. It just doesn't make any sense to me.
Although this bird wasn't killed, it was seriously wounded and will probably never be able to soar the skies again. I hope the bird recovers fully, but the KDFWR does not offer much hope of any release back into the wild.
Anyone with information on this incident should call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Bob Snow at 502-695-2722, KDFWR conservation officer Marcus Bowling at 270-825-8497 or the KDFWR poacher hotline at 800-25-ALERT.
I really like the verse of a country music song written by Aaron Tippin that says, "Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly." Kind of makes you swell up a little bit, doesn't it?