Northwoods Adventure: Youth Archery
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Northwoods Adventure: Youth Archery

August 9, 2019


SOME AREA BASKETBALL TEAMS.>>JUSTIN: NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.>>MAL: WONDERFUL. THE SOUND OF ARROWS WHIZZING THROUGH THE AIR COULD BE HEARD AT THE BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS THIS PAST WEEKEND N THIS WEEK’S NORTHWOODS ADVENTURE, OUR JOSH PETERSON MET UP WITH SOME OF THE YOUNG COMPETITORS AT THE ARCHERY COMPETITION.>>THE WEEKEND WAS FILLED WITH SHARPSHOOTERS TAKING AIM AT THE TOP PRIZE. THE BEMIDJI ARCHERY CLUB’S ANNUAL MARCH OPEN SHOOTING EVENT BROUGHT KIDS FROM AGES 7 TO 17 TO THE BELTRAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS TO COMPETE.>>THEY’LL SHOOT AT TWO DISTANCES, 10 YARDS AND 20 YARDS. RIGHT NOW WE’RE SHOOTING THE 10-YARD RANGE. THEY’RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT SCORE OF 300.>>MANY OF THE KIDS PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT ARE MEMBERS OF THE 4-H PROGRAM WHO COMPETE IN THE 4-H STATE SHOOT EACH FALL. SIMON COMPETED LAST YEAR AND IS CURRENTLY THE STATE CHAMPION. HE SAYS THAT IT TAKES A LOT OF HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO BE THE CHAMP.>>EVERY DAY, I WOULD GO OUT BEFORE THE STATE TOURNAMENT. I WOULD GO OUTSIDE AND SHOOT, THEN EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT I WOULD GO SHOOT.>>FOR EACH ARCHER, LEARNING TO SHOOT WITH A BOW AND ARROW CAN BE CHALLENGING, REQUIRING LOTS OF PRACTICE AND DEDICATION.>>DON’T PULL BACK. DON’T DRAW UNTIL YOU HAVE THE BOW UP ALREADY IS ONE OF THEM, AND THEN AIM, RELEASE AND THEN DROP THE BOW AFTER YOUR ARROW HIT THE TARGET.>>PROBABLY JUST KEEP PRACTICING AND TRY TO IMPROVE AS MUCH AS I CAN.>>WHILE ARCHERY ISN’T NECESSARILY A TEAM SPORT, IT IS EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE, COMPETING AGAINST YOURSELF, ALWAYS TRYING TO BEAT YOUR BEST SCORE.>>ONE OF THE UNIQUE THINGS ABOUT THIS IS IT’S KIND OF LIKE GOLF. YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR YOUR — FIRST OF ALL, YOUR PERSONAL BEST, AND THEN SECONDARY IS IN COMPARISON TO THE OTHER SHOOTERS.>>FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT ARCHERY, THESE KIDS HAVE SOME GREAT ADVICE FOR THOSE LOOKING TO TRY OUT THE SPORT.>>JUST TRUST IN YOURSELF, KEEP DOING IT. IT MIGHT BE KIND OF HARD AT FIRST, BUT ONCE YOU KEEP PRACTICING, YOU’LL BE GOOD.>>WITH THIS WEEK’S NORTHWOODS

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