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Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 12:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 7:09 a.m. CDT



Archery is experiencing a wave of popularity thanks, in part, to the successful Hunger Games series, and locally to Iowa’s expanding archery in the schools program.

In conjunction with the release of Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Nov. 22, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be giving away a brand new Matthews Genesis Bow valued at $200. 

To enter the drawing, watch the movie, save the ticket and go to www.iowadnr.gov/archery for instructions.  Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2013 for the drawing in January.  The Iowa Bowhunters Association’s National Archery in the Schools Program Foundation is sponsoring the bow for the drawing. 

Iowa has real life archery stars of its own.

Miranda Leek, from Des Moines, is the current indoor and outdoor champion, a member of the 2014 Senior US National Archery Team and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for women’s recurve archery.  

Bridger Deaton, of Otley, is a member of 2014 Senior U.S. Archery Team for men’s compound archery, after his team placed silver in Wuix, China at the 2013 World Archery Youth Championships. 

Matt Stutzman, from Fairfield, won a silver medal in the 2012 London Paralympics. 

Currently, more than 2,500 elementary through high school student athletes participate in Iowa’s National Archery in the Schools program. Parents or students interested in competing in archery at their school can learn more about the program at www.iowadnr.gov/archery. 

There is so much more to archery than the simple bow and arrow. Make sure to also visit www.releaseyourwild.com to spread the love of archery.

Fire Department grants

AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau, in cooperation with U.S. Forest Service - State and Private Forestry, has awarded $194,820 in 50 percent cost-share grants to 90 Iowa rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.

The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment and communications equipment.

The following fire departments had their 2013 VFA grant requests approved:

Amana, Aurelia, Avoca, Blencoe, Brandon, Brighton, Cambridge, Charles City, Churdan, Creston, Cushing, Decorah, Eldora, Eldridge, Elk Horn, Elliott, Fertile, Fredericksburg, Garber, Garnavillo, Gowrie, Grand Mound, Gravity, Hansell, Harlan, Hartwick, Hazleton, Holstein, Ida Grove, Irwin, Janesville, Jefferson, Jefferson-Monroe, Jewell, Kamrar, Keota, Knoxville Twsp (Marion Co), Lamont, Larrabee, Lawler, Lone Rock, Lost Nation, Luana, Malcom, Manilla, Manly, Manson, Marcus, Masonville, McGregor, Melrose, Millersburg, Monticello, Montour, Moulton, Moville, New Market, Nichols, Nora Springs, Onawa, Oran, Ossian, Oxford, Pacific Junction, Polk City, Quimby, Rockford, Saint Olaf, Seymour, Sidney, Stanhope, Stanley, Stout, Stratford, Sutherland, Tama, Templeton, Thornton, Toledo, Union, Van Horne, Vincent, Volga, Wapello, Waterville, Waukon, West Point, West Union, Wilton and Woodward.

Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau, said it is important for all fire department to submit Wildland Fire Reports whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire.

Wildland fire reports are compiled locally and nationally and are reported to Congress.

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