Bullseye! Archery is now the Official State Sport in Missouri

Bullseye! Archery is now the Official State Sport in Missouri

Author: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Published: July 21, 2022

  • On July 1, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor Mike Parson signed Missouri House Bill 1738 into law. Among the variety of state designations included in HB 1738 was a line item officially declaring archery as the state sport of Missouri.
  • Recognizing Missouri as the home of both Holless Wilbur Allen, the inventor of the compound bow, and the Archery Hall of Fame and Museum in the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World in Springfield, this designation of archery as the official state sport is a perfect fit.
  • Originally championed by Missouri Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Representative Tim Taylor as a standalone bill (HB 1672), the inclusion of this language in HB 1738 represents a win for the Show-Me State’s archers.

Why it matters:  Finding unique ways to recognize and highlight the importance of our time-honored traditions is critical to ensuring that the future for sportsmen and women remains bright. By declaring archery as the official state sport in Missouri, hunters, target shooters, and other archers can take additional pride in their passion for a sport in which all Americans, regardless of gender, age, and physical ability, can participate.

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