TALLADEGA, Ala. – If you are a seasoned Sporting Clays or 3D Archery athlete, or have ever been interested in trying either discipline, get out your calendars! The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) recently announced a full list of ASA (Archers Association) and NSCA (National Sports Clay Association) events for 2023.
Talladega’s monthly 3D Archery Tournaments are open to the public, and both new and experienced are welcome to compete. Competitions are designed for archery enthusiasts who are hunters or just love to use a bow and arrow.
Tournaments follow official ASA rules and are shot against Delta McKenzie professional targets. Practice bags will also be available for sighting and warm up. The entrance fee is $7.50 for youth (ages 6-17) and $15 for adults (ages 18 and up).
Although the events are held over two days, individuals can choose one day to complete their 20 total score goals. ASA State points feed into the Alabama ASA State Shooter of the Year program.
CMP/ASA Archery Monthly Matches for 2023:
- February 11 and 12
- March 11-12
- April 22-23
- June 24-25
- August 19-20
- September 16-17
- October 7 and 8
The 3D Archery Range at Talladega Marksmanship Park is located on the shotgun side of the grounds and is equipped with 20 lanes of life-size 3D targets, specially painted to resemble live animals in their natural habitat. Delta-McKenzie foam targets are designed to fit along hidden paths among the trees on the Talladega grounds and can be placed from 15 to 50 yards. The archery area also contains a 30 × 60-yard driving range.
More information about Talladega Archery events can be found on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/archery/.
Similarly, Talladega’s monthly NSCA-registered target sports shotgun shootouts are open to new or experienced competitors, with 100 targets to score. Registration fee is $55. Individuals will be required to shoot at registered targets to qualify to shoot at the NSCA Alabama State Championship.
Sporting Clays Shoots take place on CMP’s own 15-station speedway, located on the grounds of Talladega.
NSCA monthly releases for 2023 include:
- February 4 and 5
- March 4 and 5
- April 15-16
- June 3 and 4
- July 8 and 9
- August 5 and 6
- September 9-10
- October 14-15
- November 18-19
More information about the Talladega Shotgun events can be found on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/shotgun/.
Questions about shotgun or archery matches can be directed to William Chapman, Talladega Archery/Shotgun Supervisor, at 256-474-4408 ext. 421 or [email protected].
About the CMP Talladega Shooting Range:
Aptly named “The Home of Marksmanship,” the park is a worthy destination for firearms supporters and visitors seeking opportunities to practice, compete, and mindfully learn. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun, and archery events throughout the year. CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills on the range of more than 100 steel targets, up to 625 yards, and provides even more shooting fun in the park.
The public is welcome every day, year-round, to try out their firearms or simply take a tour of the grounds. Out of the line of fire, the Clubhouse features a fully stocked Pro Shop featuring an exclusive collection of CMP rifles, ammunition, marksmanship and memorabilia that is always open during park hours. Learn more at https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/.
— By Ashley Dugan, CMP Staff Writer
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearms safety and marksmanship training and the promotion of marksmanship proficiency for United States citizens. To learn more about the CMP and its programs, log on to www.TheCMP.org.
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