Several members from our Smith County 4-H Archery project group enjoyed spending the day at the Henderson County 2nd Annual 4-H 3D Archery Tournament, held this past Saturday, October 29, 2016. The tournament was held at On Target Archery in Canton, Texas, with 30 3-D targets set at varying distances.
Smith County had seven entrants: Laura Whatley, Asher Cade, Adriana Engbrock, Kelvin Wallace, TJ Harris, Elizabeth McMakin, and Todd McMakin.Groups were divided by bow type, age, and county so that each entrant would get a chance to interact with kids from other regions. The target setup was challenging but fun. Everyone had a good time and several of the group received awards in their division. This was a good learning experience, and each of us learned a few of our strengths and weaknesses.
As a first tournament for most in our group, this was a good chance for us to see where we need to improve. The joy of archery is that, for the most part, it is an individual sport. To shoot effectively in a tournament situation, we must remember all the little things that make us shoot better, but at the same time, it’s tough to shoot in front of people you don’t know. I am very proud of all the members who signed up for the shoot. At this stage in our shooting, score matters less than simply making the effort to get involved.
Our next tournament opportunity will be November 12th with the Tyler Archery Club at a veteran’s benefit shoot. I hope to see many of our group at this event. It will not follow standard 4-H tournament rules but it will be a good opportunity to have some fun and again learn more about the areas where we can work to improve.
Our next practice will be on November 19th at my house in Lindale. I realize many of you may be traveling for Thanksgiving during this time, and I apologize for making it so close to the holiday. We will again divide the group younger kids (up to 6th grade) from 3 to 4:30pm and older kids (7-12th grade) from 4:30 to 6pm. I recommend bringing your own chairs for watching your children shoot. As always, wear long pants and closed toe shoes.
Please contact me, Todd McMakin, at 903-952-3819 or Smithcounty4HArchery@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Picture credit: Lisette Whatley and Henderson County 4-H Outdoor Sports/Archery group.