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Da Girl’s On Fire!

Posted by todblog on August 14, 2013

August 12, 2013

The clock is ticking on the last remaining days before Oregon’s bow season starts on August 24th. Everyone is or should be sharpening their shooting skills and getting their gear all ready for their deer and/or elk bowhunt. While archery tournaments tend to taper this time of year, there are still some fun shoots offered by local clubs. We did some searching online and found ourselves making plans to return to Beekman Ridge Archery in Butte Falls to participate in their Hunters Tune-up Fun Shoot.

Saturday morning, we packed some food and clothes and tossed a Coleman stove, lantern, pillows, ice chest, folding chairs, quick shade canopy, table, pillows, futons, sleeping bags and more pillows in the truck and we were off to Butte Falls. We got a late start and arrived in the afternoon but, still managed to have enough time to register, shoot at a couple of money dot targets and then shoot at 43 3D targets scattered throughout the property. Unlike the state championship tournament we attended last time we were here, it was very casual and it was just the two of us walking through the course. It was very enjoyable and great practice for us both.

One thing became readily apparent, I could see an improvement in Jessy’s shooting abilities and I was impressed with her desire to excel as a shooter. This was only her second time at an archery field course and she was into it. Now as parents, our job is to provide opportunities to our children, promote their physical and mental growth and encourage them along life’s path. So, you can imagine how strange I felt when my 12 year old daughter was trying to console me after a missed shot or discovering that I’d lost or broken an arrow. Mind you, adults and youths shoot from different distances at the same target however, it was still quite the role reversal to be blanketed in soft encouraging words as we walked up to the target.

“Good job dad!”  “Next time dad”  “Good try dad”  “Almost dad”

Sunday morning found us back on the field course again and Jessy continued to burn up the course, the girl was on fire. She took her time, placed her shots well and never let it get to her head that her arrows were scoring higher than her dad’s on many of the targets. The consoling continued as we walked up to any one of the 43 targets to see our results.

Towards the end of the day, the hosts gave out some nice raffle items and then announced the Hunters Tune-up Fun Shoot winners. It was only Jessica’s second archery tournament, and she scooped up the award for First Place Female Youth! That was one excited girl running up to get her trophy. I’m sure it will be something she remembers for a long time.

On our drive home, Jessica told me that she kept looking at the different livestock in the fields along the highway like they were 3D targets with vital organs outlined on their bodies. She also shared that she couldn’t wait to get a deer this bow season. Now that’s a bulls-eye in my book.

HomeRange

Lots of practice shooting at home on the range

CarCamp

Cozy car camping at Beekman Archery Range

MoneyDot

$150 if you hit the orange dot on the cougar or bear. Sasquatch in the background didn’t count.

RockyHyena

Rocky backstop behind a hyena and an assortment of broken arrows on the ground.

bigbuckdrilled

We both got 10 pts on this buck but, if the rules were different, she’d have a 12 pt shot. Jessica drilled it!

Jessy isn't intimidated by rocks because she didn't buy her own arrows!

Jessy isn’t intimidated by rocks because she didn’t buy her own arrows!

DrilledRam

That’s why she scores a 10 and I get a 5. I avoided splintering a $10 arrow and found a piece of the target…”foam is your friend”

Crocodile

Showing her cousins in Florida how to wrestle man-eating reptiles

Tod'sLion

One of my few 10 pointers that I got heaps of praises for shooting.

bigbuck

Another big buck with huge distracting antlers

bighorn

Another 10 pointer for Jessy and my arrow is in the carpet behind her…

TreestandCougar

Shooting downhill from an elevated platform at a cougar

Where's10ring

Sizing up a standing bear…where are the vitals and how far is it?

30ydbear

Drawing down at another bear from the yellow stake for youth shooters.

Uphillshot

I’ve seen that intense determined look before…. at a spelling bee competition!

Dinosaur

Two good shots taken across a pond at this dinosaur.

StegosaurusTop

Shooting at a stegosaurus from inside a log cabin.

BadgerLog

Shooting through a hollow log at a badger.

Buckfeeding

Taking aim at another unknowing feeding buck

Awarded

Surprised to hear her name announced for an award!

1stPlace

All smiles- 1st Place Youth Female

Upshot

Someone’s growing up to be a fine shot and a good encourager!

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