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4-H archery, shotgun event draws youth to Cedar Hill Trap Range

Alabama 4-H held an event for archery and shotguns Saturday, giving local youth something to shoot for this summer.

Franklin County and Colbert County young people ages 9-18 converged at Cedar Hill Trap Range for the summer shooting event. The goal, according to 4-H personnel, was to promote shooting awareness, fun and education while keeping the emphasis on safety first.

Participants had the opportunity to work on archery skills and try their hand at firing a shotgun. Afterward, participants enjoyed a hotdog lunch.

The program was held by 4-H trained and certified Extension staff and volunteers trained to maintain the highest safety standards for everyone.

Participants each had their favorite, between archery or shotgun.

“I loved it,” said Rebekah Tuck. “I had never tried either one before.”

Joshua Tuck said he liked the archery better because it didn’t hurt his arm to shoot the arrows.

“I want to do more archery,” said Julie Hunt.

Colton Martin said he had tried shooting once before. “I’m not very good at archery,” Martin said. “I prefer the shotguns.”

“We had a great event with a wonderful turnout,” said 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent Vanessa Roberts. “Most of the students who participated had never shot a gun or bow before. I am very proud of how well they did with it being their first time trying.

“It was an excellent opportunity for them to try something new and have fun along the way.”