The kids first started archery about a year ago.  Since then, Isaac has participated in “Archery in the Schools” and the state tournament.  Abigail’s school doesn’t have that program yet but she loves to shoot when she can.  Back when we started this deal, I thought it would be a good family-together thing to do.  We didn’t really have the equipment or a range to make all that happen (I figure the city frowns on shooting a compound bow in the back yard).

Fast forward a bit…Isaac and Abigail both received bows as presents from their grandparents.  Last weekend Emily and the kids surprised me with an early father’s day present…my own bow!  And it’s camo!  The day they gave it to me, I decided we needed to make the “family shooting thing” happen (I wonder what sort of weird google searches will bring people to this page now!)

On Sunday we headed to Kanawha State Forest with Emily’s parents to be devoured by the mosquitoes try our luck at target shooting.  We started off a bit rough (and that was before we even started shooting), but once we got into the groove, we had a great time!  Isaac was able to do some “shooting while moving” exercises during which he shot a good bullseye from 15-20 yards.  Abigail did great also.  She is finally strong enough to draw the bow such that every single arrow she shot stuck!

Granddad and I had fun…that’s all I’ll say about that.  We didn’t have to comb the hillside which was covered in poison ivy and some sort of ridiculous scratchy plant which would make a nun cuss, too many times searching for arrows.  We did donate one arrow to the archery gods but we gained someone else’s previous sacrifice so it was a wash, arrow-wise!

Anyhow, it was a great time and we have a date to go back out this weekend to shoot some more!  I think we may have hit the nail on the head for a good family hobby!

7 thoughts on “Bullseye!

  1. Abigail looks happy. Why is Isaac pouting? Sounds like a lot of fun. Keep practicing Dad. The kids are beating you.

  2. Of course, this was only Warren’s second time shooting and he had several bulls eyes. He has finally found something at which he can beat me!! I’ll have to drop Warren and the kids off at the archery range and drive on down the road to the shooting range so my ego doesn’t suffer.

  3. Love Abigail’s lovely pink arrows… and especially love that they match her outfit! That girl has got it going on!
    I’ve got a bow… I really should dig it out and do some shooting again.

  4. I have no skillz, but I am ever so impressed with your family’s!!!
    Bow, firearms, bees, canning, karate, add skills here …..
    I am an EXPERT dishwasher loader. Just ask Honey, even he says I am the Queen!

  5. For some reason, the way my arm naturally goes when I try to shoot a bow, I always end up with a giant bruise on the inside of my forearm. It’s great fun, though!

  6. The kids are shooting once a week at least this summer. It’s a great bunch of fun for the family…and Odie…I hate those bruises…I know what you are talking about!

    Hey Capri Kel – my wife claims she is the queen dishwasher loader too…she always reloads it after I try…I think it is something about the estrogen brain that helps…you ladies are just more organized!

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