North Dakota 4-H archery season starts with tournament

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota 4-H program trains younger archery students problem solving skills off the range and now some of them are taking part in a tournament to show what they've learned.

223 students from across the state took part in the first of seven total tournaments hoping to make it to the next match. The popularity of the activity has grown more than three times the participants in the past five years. But it's not just about the amount of people but the effect it has on the sports program.

"It creates a sense of self esteem in our youth and it's something that's really exciting to see the kids grow from when they first pick up a bow," said Karla Meikle, NDSU Morton County Extension Agent.

Other events will take place through March in Watford City, Minot, Fargo​ until they are back again for the championship round in Bismarck.