Aiming for the 10 ring

New Mexico’s National Archery in Schools Program

A record number of young archers from across New Mexico competed in the 2018 National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) New Mexico State Tournament. 906 archers competed surpassing last year’s record attendance number of 840.

“Archery is gaining popularity as a competitive sport among New Mexico’s students,” said John Martsh, R-3 program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “Our department is proud to support young archers and encourage their interest in this challenging extracurricular activity. We are pleased so many kids were eager to demonstrate their skills and sportsmanship.”

More than 100 public schools across New Mexico participate in the program that fits youth no matter their popularity, athletic skill, gender, size or academic ability. The department will provide educator training, hosts the state tournament in 2019 and access to archery equipment through the “Archery Loaner Program” including 10 right and 2 left handed Genesis bows, two boxes of arrows, five targets, an arrow curtain, a repair kit and a bow rack.

For more information about the National Archery in the Schools Program and how your school can get involved, contact John Martsh, R-3 program manager at (505) 222-4719 or

Top: Cipriana Sanchez takes careful aim at her target at the 2018 NASP State Championships. Cipriana competed with the team from Milan Elementary. Bottom: Cipriana and a NASP volunteer remove arrows from a target. Department photos by Martin Perea.



It is the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to conserve, regulate, propagate and protect the wildlife and fish within the State of New Mexico, using a flexible management system that ensures sustainable use for public food supply, recreation and safety—and to provide for off-highway motor vehicle recreation that recognizes cultural, historic and resource values while ensuring public safety.