By Mike Giles
Joey Vaughn drew a fine bead on a whitetail buck and let an arrow fly, striking the deer in the kill zone last Saturday at Okatibbee Lake. Kennedy Mayatt also drew back an arrow, aimed quickly and sent a shaft flying straight into a black bear. Not too far through the woods Nathan Trosper was stalking a caribou while young Jacob Gressett was shooting a cougar! All of these fortunate hunters scored on their game.
Before you call the local conservation department you can rest easy. These excited bowhunters were participating in a 3 D bow shoot held at the Pat Harrison Water Park last Saturday in anticipation of the opening of bow season October first. 3 D bow shoots simulate live action hunting in the woods and give you the look and feel of a real hunt. It’s the next best thing to actually hunting.
“I think we need more events just like this to get people outdoors and interested in hunting and other outdoor activities,” said Josh Todd. “We need to utilize our natural resources and the opportunities we have all around our area.”
An avid hunter outdoorsman himself, Todd was on hand helping out with the bow shoot sponsored by First Baptist Church of Collinsville’s Men’s Ministry.
The event was a rousing success and promises to be even bigger in the future. In addition to providing an opportunity for men, women and children to hone their bow hunting skills, the event provided an opportunity to meet other hunters while enjoying God’s great outdoors. And there was plenty of food, fun, fellowship, door prizes and even a voluntary novelty shoot to raise money for a local person's needs.
“This is our first event like this and it really went great,” said Joey Vaughn. “We had a lot of young hunters, a lot of kids and that’s really good. We wanted to give everybody a chance to come out and have a good time while enjoying themselves. Shooting a 3 D target is like actually shooting a deer instead of shooting a square bale or round target.”
“Future events on the agenda in the planning stages are fishing tournaments and more shooting events for men and women of all ages,” said Vaughn.
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