2018 Northern Region Outdoor Championship – Duel in the Cornfield (Update: Results and Photos!)

July 7th & 8th, 2018


DuPage County Fairgrounds

Wheaton, Illinois

The ITAA is very proud to be hosting the 2018 Northern Regional Outdoor Championships.


Results are here!


It looks like this year’s Duel resulted in 49 new ITAA state records and guest records.  (State Records can be viewed over on the Records Explorer page)

It looks like archers beat 8 national records, as well!

One archer shot scores for both her Silver and Gold Olympian pins!

(Please let me know if you find an error in the results listing – TK)

Duel in the Cornfield Photos

(Email me your photos and I’ll get them posted here or added to the ITAA Shutterfly)

Team Illinois Archers, Families, Coaches, and Teams,

The 2018 Northern Region Outdoor Championship – Duel in the Cornfiel is done. Once again we’re on the off-ramp of another big ITAA event. Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, or cheered on the event from our far-flung locations this summer. Especially thank you to Randy Rutledge, Bruce Berkshire, Jan Berkshire, the Chicago Bow Hunters, Inc. Kitchen Team (Captained by Gwen Sanborn), and all of the volunteers. While I get the loudest microphone, by no means am I doing the most work or making the biggest impact on how excellent these events are.

We were able to see how the DuPage County Fair & Fairgrounds worked for an outdoor event. Since we’ll be back there in Mid-August for the 2018 ITAA JOAD Outdoor State Championship and 2018 ITAA Outdoor State Championship, now we’ll know the ropes even better. Personally, I loved having the trains rumbling past behind the targets. I’ve been looking forward to that feature for months — I think it adds a fun unique part to the venue.

The full results are available above. Spoiler Alert: Team Illinois swept the State vs State Duel competition. The adults won with good scores, but also by home-field advantage, because the other states didn’t bring a full team. The Illinois JOAD Duel team faced real competition, and four excellent performances sealed the win.

The first round of photos of the event are posted on the brand new ITAA Shutterfly area. We’ll keep growing this as more photos roll in. Hopefully that becomes an easy way to share event photos so they don’t remain unseen and uncelebrated on your camera’s memory card forever.

This weekend saw Maggie Baus shoot both her Silver and Gold Olympian pin scores. Nancy Zorn and Nathan Zimmerman both broke 2 national records each for both the 720 Round and the Double 720 Round. Beyond the numbers there were many other excellent stories of tournament growth, challenge, and success. Nock and Feather just started a JOAD club this winter, and this was the very first tournament experience for a lot of their archers.

The 49 new Illinois State Records can be viewed over on the ITAA Record Score page.

As always, I’d love to hear your feedback — the good, the bad, and the in-between. We work hard to build a great experience, and your ideas and observations help us make the next one even better.

Make sure to register right away for the 2018 ITAA JOAD Outdoor State Championship and 2018 ITAA Outdoor State Championship in Mid-August. You won’t want to miss the JOAD Top 8 Shoot Down.

Thank you and congratulations to the whole Team Illinois community.
-Tony Kaap

Registration is now closed.

This event goes by many names — the North Regional Outdoor, the Duel in the Cornfield, “The Tractor Shoot”, and others.

The USA Archery Northern Region is the collection of northern/midwestern states — IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI.  This tournament crowns the annual outdoor archery champion for all of them.


In addition to the individual competition categories, this event also comprises the Duel in the Cornfield competition of state-vs-state teams.  The top few scores from each state are combined to represent their state.  These state teams with the highest total scores win the Duel in the Cornfield trophies (which historically have had a tractor on top of them — hence the name of “The Tractor Shoot”).

Team Illinois took home the tractors in 2016

This event grew up in Indiana, and has been held in Ohio for the past few years.  This year it will be in Illinois.  So save the date, gather a truck full of archers, and come shoot in Chicagoland.

At its bare bones, the North Region Outdoor Championship is a 2-day Double 720 Round.  Participants will shoot a 720 Round score on Saturday, and a 720 Round score on Sunday, high score wins.

But we’ll be building a lot of extras around those bare bones to make a great event!

More information and links to the registration will be posted here as they keep coming in.


  • Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Sunday 9:00 AM

The listed time is the time for the first practice ends.  We recommend arriving an hour earlier to set up your equipment and check-in.


The North Region Outdoor Championship is a double 720 Round.  72 arrows Saturday, and 72 arrows Sunday.

This is a single-distance event, with distances determined by your age class and equipment division.

USA Archery Age Categories:
If you were born in 2006 or more recently, you are a Bowman
If you were born in 2004 or 2005, you are a Cub
If you were born in 2001, 2002 or 2003, you are a Cadet
If you were born in 1998, 1999, or 2000, you are a Junior
If you were born between 1969 and 1997, you are a Senior
If you were born between 1959 and 1968, you are a Master 50+
If you were born between 1949 and 1958, you are a Master 60+
If you were born between 1939 and 1948, you are a Master 70+


  • Early Bird Rate:  $70 for both days (until June 20th)
  • Regular Rate $80 for both days (June 11th and after)
  • Per-Family fee maximum is 2.5x the individual rate ($175/$200).
    • Due to the online payment system, family pricing will be in terms of a refund, which will be processed at the time of registration check-in.
  • Registration deadline: July 1st.
  • Cancellations:  Prior to the 30th of June you will receive a full refund less 20%. After June 30th there will be no refunds available.


USAA and World Archery rules apply.  Distances, ages, dress code, arrow diameter, etc.

Duel in the Cornfield:

The Duel uses the combined scores from Saturday to pick the 2 best compound and 2 best recurve archers from each state to form the state’s team. Those 4 scores are ranked against the 4 score teams from every other state.  There is no additional cost to compete in the DUEL and we have added a youth DUEL as well. Which state has the BEST archers?

The following classes will qualify to compete in the DUEL—Remember it’s the top 2 Recurves and top 2 Compounds for your state that count for the overall score.

  • All Master/Senior/Junior/Cadet Compounds
  • All Senior/Junior Recurves

We will also have a Junior DUEL. This will include the top 2 Recurves and top 2 Compounds for your state to count for the overall score.

  • All Junior/Cadet/Cub/Bowman Compounds
  • All Junior/Cadet/Cub/Bowman Recurves

(Yes, a Cadet Compound could be on both duel teams if they have the highest scores.)

We will use the combined scores from Saturday and put the teams together based on that.  Those combined scores will determine which state wins the Duel in the Cornfield.

The states that can compete in the DUEL are the Northern Region States: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana.

If a state doesn’t have a full set of 4 scores for a DUEL team, we will still count the scores that they do have.  A set of 3 awesome scores can still beat a set of 4 less-awesome scores.


DuPage County Fairgrounds

2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187

We will be using the north fields, with a layout that should be especially visually exciting.

The Fairgrounds are accessible from several interstates, from both Chicago airports, and by transit using Metra (train) and Pace (bus).

Host Hotel:

Springhill Suites Marriott

 2 min off I-88
6.2 miles – 14 min drive time to range
When booking guest should reference the “Northern Region Outdoor Championship”
Available until: 6/15/2018

Other Hotels :

Holiday Inn & Suites

630-665-3000    5.5 miles – 11 min drive time to range

Hampton Inn

630-681-9200 5.4 miles – 11 min drive time to range

Holiday Inn Express

1490 W Lake St, Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 351-0101  9.6 miles – 20 mins drive time to range



Camping at the Blackwell Family Campground

Blackwell Forest Preserve has 60 wooded or semi wooded sites for tents, trailers, or motor homes.  Each has electricity and a gravel parking pad fire ring and picnic tables, but no sewage or water hookups.  Go to DupageForest.org for registration.

5.2 miles from range 14 min

Blackwell also has 70 meter archer range open to All at no charge. 

The bicycle trails in Blackwell connect to hundreds of miles of trails in the Illinois Prairie Path.

The preserve also has fishing, an off leash dog area, and a compass course.

Area Attractions

Downtown Wheaton

Wheaton is an upscale suburb of Chicago.  Its downtown is full of excellent restaurants, boutique shops, and amenities.  Whether you are looking for sushi, coffee, a microbrew, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, or an escape room, downtown Wheaton can meet your need.

2 miles – 7 min drive time to the range.

Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park is 500 acres of walking trails, gardens, museums, and playgrounds.
Highlights include
  • The First Division Museum and its climb-on park full of real tanks and artillery pieces.
  • The Robert McKormick Museum – depicting the country home of the a family that made the Chicago Tribune the “World’s Greatest Newspaper”
2 miles – 7 min drive time to the range.

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo gives visitors up-close interactions with nature right in the heart of the suburbs. Nestled on 5 acres, Cosley Zoo is home to farm animals and native Illinois wildlife.
2 miles – 7 min drive time to the range.

Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is a 1,700 acre celebration of trees, founded by the Morton Salt family.  When the Morton Family originated Arbor Day, they took it seriously.

Large enough to require a bike or a car to fully explore, this park changes every week as new leaves and blooms come into season.

7 miles – 20 min drive time to the range



Registration is now closed.

Also, view the Duel in the Cornfield site on Rcherz.com