NDSSA Junior Match Support Policy

 One of the major objectives of the North Dakota Shooting Sports Association is to promote and foster junior shooting programs and junior shooters across the state.  Many of our junior shooters excel and reach the next level to compete nationally in their discipline.  This policy outlines NDSSA financial support of North Dakota resident juniors attending National Championship Matches.


  • Shooters are considered juniors until Dec. 31of the year they turn 20 years old. 

  • Juniors must be residents of North Dakota as defined by NDSSA bylaws

  • Juniors must be members in good standing with the NDSSA

Use of Funding

  • These funds are to be used for match entry fees and travel expenses 

Level of Funding

  • This program will be reviewed annually at the NDSSA Annual Meetings

  • The NDSSA board will make a determination of the total amount of funding available for the upcoming year on an annual basis.

  • The level of funding per match will be determined by the board and a recommendation put forth, and approved by vote each year at the NDSSA Annual Membership meeting.

  • Juniors are eligible to receive funding to one event per year.

 Funded Championships

 Junior attendance at the following National Championship Matches will be funded at a level determined annually. 

 The matches below are eligible for funding by NDSSA

  • USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Rifle and Pistol Championships.  (Invitation only match)

  • USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol National Championships

  •  NRA National (Pistol, High Power Rifle, Smallbore Rifle) Championships

 The NDSSA reserves the right to review, on an individual basis, funding requests for other matches.

 Funding  Distribution

  • Juniors, their parents, or coaches must inform the NDSSA board of an invitation to, or intent to attend, one of the above funded National Championships.

  • Upon approval, the NDSSA treasurer will send payment to the parent of the qualifying junior in a timely manner before the travel date to the match.

  • Recipients of funding will agree to refund NDSSA in full in the event that match attendance was cancelled.

North Dakota Shooting Sports Association

2016 Annual Raffle


Update:  Winner is Soren Butler of Casselton, ND


This raffle helps support Junior programs in North Dakota.

Prize 1 Case (5000 rounds) of SK22 Ammo or $400 Visa Gift Card

Drawing will be held at the North Dakota Outdoor Smallbore Championship Match in Grand Forks County on June 5th, 2016.

Funds from our raffles help support Junior competitors to attend events such as the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs.

The following are North Dakota Junior Olympic Qualifiers from 2015.

Women Qualifiers               City                         Event

Mari Butler                              Casselton               Air Rifle/Smallbore Rifle

Katie Zaun                              Buffalo                    Air Rifle/Smallbore Rifle

Emily Haag                             Harwood                 Air Rifle

Karleigh Gause                      Grand Forks           Air Rifle

Emma Tichy                           Tower City              Air Rifle

Lana Fairbanks                      Bismarck                 Air Rifle

Hannah Walsh                       Wolford                   Air Pistol/Sport Pistol

Men Qualifiers

Joe Martin                               Emerado                 Air Rifle/Smallbore Rifle

Brady Fried                             Bismarck                 Air Rifle

Brett Christianson                   Casselton               Air Rifle

Jacob Vaagen                         Devils Lake             Air Rifle

Tyler Zaun                               Buffalo                    Air Rifle

Brandon Alexander                 Devils Lake             Air Rifle

Luke Simon                             Fargo                      Air Pistol/Sport Pistol

Max Schuh                              Devils Lake             Air Pistol

Dylan Markwardt                     West Fargo            Air Pistol

Nick Dorscher                         Harwood                 Air Pistol

In 2014 NDSSA provided approximately $2600 to junior competitors attending National events.

In 2015, NDSSA provided approximately $2800 to junior competitors attending National events.

The NDSU Marksmanship Club’s rifle and pistol shooters earned several medals at the National Rifle Association National Collegiate Pistol Championships and the National Collegiate Club Rifle Championships in March at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

Alana Townsend, a senior from Kalispell, Montana, majoring in agricultural economics, won the national championship gold medal in free pistol and open air pistol. Townsend is the first woman to win the free pistol championship since the matches were established in 1981. She also won the silver medal in women’s air pistol and second place in the overall aggregate score for the matches.

The women’s air pistol team of Townsend, Caitlyn Fleahman, a junior majoring in pre-pharmacy from Bemidji, Minnesota, and Macy Nelson, a senior majoring in emergency management form Arthur, North Dakota, took the silver medal. Fleahman took fifth in women’s air pistol. The free pistol team of Townsend, Fleahman, Grant Johnson, a senior in business management from Bemidji, Minnesota, and Pryce Pinney, a sophomore in agricultural systems management from Johnstown, Nebraska, took the bronze medal. The third-place women’s aggregate was awarded to Townsend, Fleahman and Nelson.

The team of Townsend, Fleahman and Nelson earned fourth place in women’s sport pistol. The team of Townsend, Fleahman, Johnson and Pinney earned fourth place in open air pistol. The team of Townsend, Johnson, Pinney and Katie Martinez placed ninth in standard pistol. Martinez is a senior criminal justice major from Custer, South Dakota. 

Townsend earned first team All-American honors in free pistol, air pistol and sport pistol. Pinney was named to the second team in free pistol and Johnson was an honorable mention selection in free pistol. All-American honors are based on the number of qualifying matches, scores in NRA sectional and national championship matches, and academic record.

NDSU pistol coach Eric Pueppke was named this season’s outstanding college coach. The pistol teams also are coached by James Ladwig. 

The NDSU Marksmanship Club air rifle and small bore rifle teams also competed at nationals. The team was comprised of Townsend, Fleahman, Walker Brandt, a junior computer science major from Steele, North Dakota and Bryce Lynne, a junior agricultural education major from Plaza, North Dakota. The teams finished in air rifle competition and eighth in small bore rifle competition. Mitchell Godbout is the coach of the rifle teams.

Election of Officers - 2016



Rand McLeod 2016-2018

Vice President

Mitch Godbout 2016-2018

Executive Officer

Eric Pueppke 2016-2018


Tom Thompson 2016-2018


Walt Fairbanks 2016-2018

Past President

Rich Butler 2016-2018

Membership Secretary

Walt Fairbanks 2016-2018


William Langer 2016-2022

Newsletter Editor

Rick Jorgenson 2016-2018

Effective May 1, 2015

1 Year Junior Membership  $10

1 Year Adult Membership $25

5 Year Adult Membership $ 100

Life Membership $500

1 Year Club Membership $25

5 Year Club Membership $100

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