Nature Matters: Archery Exposure

By KBJR News 1

December 14, 2010 Updated Dec 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) It can sometimes be difficult to get young people outdoors to experience nature.
And now that we're living in a winter wonderland it can be even tougher.
Archery is generally one of those outdoor sports but this past weekend some kids had the chance to learn about archery without braving the elements.

David Hoole has details in this week's Nature Matters.

(Archery sounds) Some young people are stuck on video games, others can't quit tapping texts... but Caleb is hooked on archery.

"I've been doing it for six years. I got my first bow when I was six, and it was really fun. My dad and I go hunting in the woods and we hunt together for deer."

Proctor High school students organized an archery shoot at a local indoor range. They are working to inspire fellow young people to get active in the outdoors as part of their Northern Outdoor Exposure service project.

"We noticed that more kids are going home and watching t.v., playing video games and very few kids are going outside today and playing so we thought that we need to bring that back to life again."

A longtime bow hunter pitched in to highlight specifics on archery.

"See how much is touching the string? Not very much is it?"

But not everyone needed specialized gadgets. Members of the boys and girls club had a great time just using the basics.

"He thought he was going to be Robin Hood but I am!"
"He's a wanna–be Robin Hood."
"I got a bulls eye first shot though, well I didn't barely aim I just pulled back and let it go and swoosh ... first shot!"

Others utilized all the advantages to help them achieve better accuracy.

(Shows the use of a release) "I draw back ... I sight in, then I put my finger on the trigger and I just pull."

North of Duluth, I'm David Hoole for nature matters.

The Northern Outdoor Exposure group has other activities planned for this winter including... The archery shoot at Chalstrom's Bait and Tackle ran Saturday December 11th from nine to noon at Chalstrom's indoor archery range on Rice Lake Road.

There is and outdoor education seminar at Gander Mountain in Duluth on December 19th from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.

The group is also hosting an Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Fish Lake, January 8th 9 to 3, near High Banks Resort.

Contact: mnoutdoorexperience@yahoo.com
or (218) 628-4935 ext .1061