SOUTHSIDE — The Mason County Youth Camp has expanded their shooting sports with a recent donation from the NRA Foundation. Each year local 4H members attend summer camp to learn life skills and spend time experiencing new activities they may not otherwise have access to, like 3D archery.
The new addition to the camp was multiple 3D archery targets and ammunitions for the shotgun shooting class. The 3D targets have been placed in the woods along a fresh cut eighth mile trail, creating a realistic and safe way to practice archery. The new targets include a black boar, a doe and buck, and a turkey.
Small groups are escorted through the course with an instructor and take turns taking aim at the 3D targets.
“It’s a lot more fun and effective for the kids than shooting at stationary targets” said Lorrie Wright, extension agent for Mason County WVU Extension Office.
She explained the benefits of practicing advanced archery in this manner over traditional targets. Campers can also take the regular archery class, where they can develop basic archery skills and participate in the William Tell Competition, shooting through apples resting on top of the targets.
David Duncan was also on scene for the first walk through of the new 3D range. Duncan is a representative of the NRA, and helped facilitate new equipment for the camp.
“The foundation is always looking for ways to promote shooting sports and safety in local communities,” said Duncan, vice chair of the Gallia Area Friends of the NRA Chapter OHS-19.
These targets were a part of a grant by the NRA foundation, and chosen by Wright for this new program. The first targets and bows were purchased through NRA grant money as well, roughly 10 years ago.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.