The sport of 3-D archery continues to grow in popularity. Archers take aim at realistic life size targets made of foam that have a scoring ring over the vitals of the animal. The Archery Shooter’s Association (ASA) is the world’s premier outdoor 3-D archery federation, and Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) was proud to host the North Carolina ASA State championship at their property in Montgomery County. This two-day tournament took place on July 22 and 23rd. TRLT’s beautiful 1,400-acre conserved property provided the perfect backdrop for hosting this tournament that had over 120 participants from across the state.

There were a variety of classes available to shoot, including men’s, women’s, and youth categories at both known and unknown distances. Shooters aimed at 3-D targets including elk, deer, turkey, coyotes, and more. Archers shot targets on two 15 target courses. “It was a challenging course for the archers; exactly what you want to see in a championship course” said David Smith official NC ASA Federation. Todd Leonard a participant said “This course as closely replicated the look and feel of a national ASA course as any I have ever been to.”

“We were extremely excited to host the 2023 ASA Tournament at our Low Water Bridge Property,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “We believe it is important to connect people to the conservation work we do, and opening up one of our conserved properties for this tournament helped accomplish just that. Participants were able to shoot an excellent course and funds raised from this event go directly back into the conservation work we do in our region.”

At the end of the event, awards were presented to those with the highest score at this tournament and best overall score for the year. The highest score in each class for this tournament and for the year received a custom belt buckle for their accomplishment. Individual scores for this event can be viewed at the TRLT website here.

Sponsors for this event included the North Carolina ASA Federation, Grafton Archery, Barefoot Archery, Walk On Archery, and Big Rock Sports. Lunch both days was made available by Rolands Backyard Cooking.

To learn more about how to conserve your own lands or how you can support Three Rivers Land Trust in their conservation mission, please contact Emily Callicutt, Senior Land Protection Specialist at Three Rivers Land Trust by phone at 704-647-0302 or by email at

About Three Rivers Land Trust

Three Rivers Land Trust works with private landowners and public agencies to conserve the most important natural areas, scenic rivers, family farms, and historic places in a 15-county region of the central Piedmont and Sandhills. Since 1995, The Land Trust has worked to offer reasonable and attractive options to landowners who want to save their lands for future generations to enjoy. Our mission is to work thoughtfully and selectively with property owners, conserving land that is essential to our region. For more information about Three Rivers Land Trust, please contact the Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or or visit their website at