PRESTONSBURG – The East Kentucky Archery Club hosted a 3-D Kids Only Shoot at its archery range, located near Jenny Wiley State Park on Saturday. The East Kentucky Archery Club is a non-profit organization that promotes bow hunting ethics and safety. Saturday’s shoot was free and for kids ages 3-17. Local youth, as well as a few schools, showed up to participate in the event. The purpose of Saturday’s shoot was to get children familiar with a bow and allow them to practice in a safe and supporting environment.
“We have over 30 3-D targets throughout the range,” said East Kentucky Archery Club President Billy Joe Hamilton. “Events like today’s event get kids off the couch and off the Xbox and computer. I’m not saying those things are bad, I’m saying it is important that kids get outside and enjoy nature. Learning to shoot a bow improves their hand/eye coordination. So many benefits children get from learning how to shoot a bow and being outside close to nature.”
Four Members of the East Kentucky Archery Club were present to guide participants through the course and ensure everyone’s safety. East Kentucky Archery Club members Herman Bentley, Doc Goble, Judge Eric Hall and Johnny Smith assisted children and demonstrated the proper way to hold and shoot a bow.
The club gave away two bows to the top two participants. East Kentucky Archery operates following IBO guidelines. The IBO test is a standardized means of rating speeds of bows. The test is conducted by setting a bow at 30” draw length, 70 pounds, and shooting a 350- grain arrow from it.
For more information on the East Kentucky Archery Club, visit www.EKArchery.org.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.