Shoot From Tank at Archery Event

Slots are filling up for a one-of-a-kind archery event, the only event in the world where competitors can shoot from an M-1 tank. Fort Riley’s one-of-a-kind Bow Slinger 3-D Archery Tournament is planned for Aug. 21 and 22.

According to Fort Riley, the event is the only tournament in the world where competitors can shoot from an M-1 tank. Archers of all ages, military or civilian, are invited to take on the nearly two-mile course, featuring three-dimensional targets, including the “Bigfoot of the Flint Hills.”

Pre-register by Aug. 20 at or in person at Fort Riley’s Outdoor Adventure Park, 5202 Normandy Drive. Registration fees are $45 for active duty Soldiers, $35 for youth age 17 and under, and $45-$55 for all other adults depending on the category. Youth categories are ages 8 – 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 17 years old. Youth will compete on Aug. 21 and adults will compete on Aug. 22.

Top five shooters from each category with 10 or more shooters will compete in a class shoot-off for cash prizes. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. each day, with a mandatory meeting for all shooters at 8:30. The tournament slings into action at 9. Food will be available for purchase and the event should wrap up by 2 p.m.

Archers without Department of Defense ID cards who wish to take on the challenge can get a day pass at the Visitor Control Center at the Marshall Army Airfield Gate located off I-70, exit 301. Pre-registered participants will not need to stop at the Visitor Control Center, but must use Henry Gate for access. More information about accessing Fort Riley can be found at or by calling 785-239-2982. The Visitor Control Center is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

For more information about Fort Riley’s one-of-a-kind archery tournament, call 785-239-5412.