SB has been at it again… My 13 year old daughter put it best, “He is good at getting dad into things, like fun stuff…. and trouble”. It’s true. And somehow, even the trouble I get into with him as the cause ends up being fun.
This is mostly due to her drive to perfect her skill. But it is also partly due to great instruction being provided by the local 4H group, part of the Martin County Archery Club. SB told me about the club, how the instruction was top notch, and invited my youngest along to try it out if she was interested.
She was very interested. They provided about twenty minutes of hands-off instruction covering safety, stance, and several other things (I’m sad to say I missed some of it, SB distracted me with a story about swallowing a fly – VERY funny story though!) Within 30 minutes, she was putting arrows into a 6 inch circle from 10 yards, having never touched a bow before.
The instructor, Darryl, said she that girls are far easier to teach since they have no pre-concieved notion of how to shoot (caveman instinct maybe?), but that my daughter was also a natural at it.
I blame her mother. I grew up around guns almost all of my life. I’ve shot hundred of thousands of rounds. Not so for my wife – she never grew up around guns, rarely had any dealings with them, and even less with handguns. After a half hour session at the range, she was out shooting me. Annoying on one hand, but reassuring on another. I’ll say that if she is ever assaulted and has a gun on her, the story will end up in The Armed Citizen.
So my daughter’s ability to shoot is probably her mother’s fault. So its up to me to do my part by nurturing it. And apparently get better video of her shooting. Here is all I have of her first day out at the archery range:
Wait, that wasn’t her (but that WAS impressive, wasn’t it?)
Here she is:
And I’m a proud poppa!
For more information about the Martin County Archery Club, you can contact them at:
4-H Youth Programs
Ph : (772) 288-5654
Email : email@example.com
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