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The kids gathered around Mike Burket as he demonstrated the hit zones on a target and explained the point system. Cubby Connolly, Chance Creasy, Madeline Goldman and Karson Ross are watching his instruction.

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Archery: Ancient sport rediscovered

Twang….pffffft…thwack. Twang…pffffft…thwack. The sound of archers releasing their arrows and hitting the targets fills the still evening air, until this round of shooting ends. “OK, let’s get arrows,” 4-H leader Mike Burket calls out to the seven archers. The children put down their bows, grab their quivers and walk out to the targets, eagerly chatting about the shots they’ve just made. “I hit it right in the middle!” crows Cubby Connolly, a tow-headed 11-year-old wearing a baseball cap and shooting a compound bow.


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