Benton Bowmen

Blodgett sisters Randi Turner, left, and Rhyan Turner, walk away from targets after grabbing their arrows during an indoor 3D shoot organized last year by the Benton Bowmen. The Turner children are also involved in the new Benton Bowmen Scholastic 3D Archery Club.

ANIBAL ORTIZ, MID-VALLEY MEDIA

The temperature may have been in the 40s, but the skies were clear for an afternoon of target shooting at the Benton Bowmen's range, which is located near Wren. I wasn't there to shoot myself (unless you're talking about photos) but to do a few interviews for a feature story to appear in the Dec. 27 edition.

Formed this past May, the group is called the Benton Bowmen Scholastic 3D Archery Club. It looks like a great opportunity for any youth who might be interested in trying out this activity. They even have equipment that you can use to get started.

Archery was never an activity that I tried much in my younger years. I recollect trying it out, but I can't remember if that was through school or a summer camp I may have been in.

I had a very pleasant experience with an archery group in northwestern Montana that invited me out for the day during one of their summer shootouts. I took my then-14-year-old son with me, as I often did on newspaper coverage opportunities that he might find interesting.

One of the archery club's instructors took the time to introduce my son to the sport. He showed him how to hold the bow and gave him pointers on hitting the target. I took several photos for my own use on what was a fun day.

I recall Brandon enjoying himself and although he didn't join the club, I could see where it could be a pretty cool experience for a youngster. My son actually developed more of an interest in shooting guns, a hobby that he continues to this day.

If you're interested in finding out more about the new archery club, read the story in the Dec. 27 edition or shoot an email to bbs3da@gmail.com.

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