Archers take aim at event

WILLIAMSTOWN – Children and adults got an introduction to archery Saturday during the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge Introduction to Archery at Crooked Creek Archery near Williamstown.

John Starcher, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the program had been at the refuge center on Waverly Road in past years but has moved to Crooked Creek Archery as part of a partnership with the business and as part of its spring shoot.

“We’ve been doing this for six years,” he said. “We’ve partnered with them on the youth shoots.”

Starcher said the youth shoot is for anyone interested in archery. He said some have been with the Archery in the Schools program for a few years and others were trying it out for the first time.

“We have one who has been with us for three years and our youngest shooter today was 4 (years old), obviously it was his first time,” he said. “We encourage the adults to get in here and shoot right beside them because these bows are set up to fit the young draw length and the adult draw length.”

Roxie Lanham, manager of Crooked Creek Archery, said the spring shoot also had invited representatives from two of its vendors.

“We’ve invited G5, which is one of our bow companies, and we have Parker, also one of our bow companies,” she said. “We also have Ohio Valley Bow fishing which is a new upcoming sport. It’s increasing more and more every year and we have the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here for free instruction.”

Lanham said the spring shoot has competitors shooting at 30 three-dimensional objects in the fields near the store.

“There are 30 targets and whoever has the highest score will win a trophy.”

There were a number age groups and also divisions for men, women and youth.

One of the youths at the event was Bethany Traux of Vienna. During her turn at shooting she scored 30 out of possible 33 points that included one bullseye. It was also her first time using a real bow.

“This is my first time with a real bow, I have a plastic one a home,” she said. “It has arrows with suction cups on them.”

Traux said she wanted to do more shooting with the real bows.

Isaac McNemar, of Vienna, has been shooting with a bow for three years now.

“I like the shooting, having fun and meeting other people,” he said.