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  • April 21, 2012 at 1:07 am #496665 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

    Joined: 9/15/2006
    Location: Call me...867-5309
    So what are some of your tricks for getting kids interested in archery? What do you do to help hold their interest?
    The end is near....
    April 21, 2012 at 1:20 am #534301 Back to Top REPORT
    jesusfreak-2
    JESUSFREAK!

    Joined: 9/16/2011
    Make it easy for them by shooting at a close range and with a light, comfortable bow, and keep them at it. Also be patient with them :thumbup
    I am a hard core backwoodsman and pround of it, JACK!
    April 21, 2012 at 1:24 am #534302 Back to Top REPORT
    rem270
    Rem270

    Age: 43
    Joined: 2/2/2005
    I like to get them on carp if the carp are rolling the kids are hooked :thumbup
    April 21, 2012 at 11:40 am #534303 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007
    When I have them over to the house to shoot I award prizes. Something like
    “if you hit the bullseye I will get you a Snickers bar”

    I’ve had to pay out before..

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<div class=Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines

    April 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm #534304 Back to Top REPORT
    reezen7
    reezen7

    Joined: 6/11/2010
    I like to keep the targets close so the arrows penatrate a little. I have seen the dissapointed look when they bounce off, and the smiles when they drive them in there lol. KUDOS to whoever set this section up :thumbup
    April 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm #534305 Back to Top REPORT
    macolos
    MACOLOS

    Age: 74
    Joined: 3/20/2010
    Location: WI
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    Several years ago when I was Pres. of a large local club and was on the board for Several years, I started working hard for the kids. I even started a new set of stakes to shoot from. I felt the cadet stakes were to far for my son who was only about 4 at the time and decided we need a new class so the “Cub” stakes were installed. I also marked off a area for camping, and offered free camping to members, brought in good food for the Sunday shoots. If we had hot dogs, I bought the best and good buns to go with, and made the grilled chicken. By making the range family friendly and set up sand boxes, slides and swings, it made the kids want to come.
    Club went from a hand full of shooters on a Sunday to over 200 on a lot Sundays.
    The big thing was making it fun for the kids and that brought in people. :thumbup
    Bow hunt, fly fish A friend is someone who knows everything about you, but still likes you!
    April 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm #534306 Back to Top REPORT
    shacklehunter
    shacklehunter

    Age: 41
    Joined: 3/1/2006
    Location: Pennsylvania
    Gotta let em kill. Hunt something plentyfull. Small game is great. Shoot some doe and younger deer to get time under their belt. Nothing worse for a kid than spending hours and hours hunting or fishing with no action. Although its better than work.;)
    April 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm #534307 Back to Top REPORT
    bbeltram
    bbeltram

    Joined: 1/20/2008
    So what are some of your tricks for getting kids interested in archery? What do you do to help hold their interest?

    I take them to 3D shoots with Statedriller. It builds their confidence :^O :^O :^O

    April 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #534308 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007

    So what are some of your tricks for getting kids interested in archery? What do you do to help hold their interest?

    I take them to 3D shoots with Statedriller. It builds their confidence :^O :^O :^O[/quote:29hcqgsb]

    :^O :^O :^O :^O :^O

    Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines
    April 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm #534309 Back to Top REPORT
    micky
    Micky

    Joined: 10/11/2004

    They have to have fun. Short attention span. No long lessons. Have fun. Variety. Your time. Fun. More of your time. More fun. See the trend?

    As you can see from this collage of a few photos of my son, Trace, he has had a blast with his bow(s) and hunting. Quality time having a good time is key. You can’t hammer them with too many rules, techniques, etc. Make it fun!

    April 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm #534310 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta

    They have to have fun. Short attention span. No long lessons. Have fun. Variety. Your time. Fun. More of your time. More fun. See the trend?

    As you can see from this collage of a few photos of my son, Trace, he has had a blast with his bow(s) and hunting. Quality time having a good time is key. You can’t hammer them with too many rules, techniques, etc. Make it fun!

    :D =D/>” title=”Applause” /> Outstanding Micky…that IS what it is all about right there…</p>
<p>we should start a post highlighting youth archery pictures…this one would be a great first pic…</p>
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    Neil

    April 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm #534311 Back to Top REPORT
    kighty7
    kighty7

    Joined: 11/26/2008
    We found that hanging a ping pong ball in front of the target was a lot of fun for them. We gave away little prizes too. We also shoot lots of balloons and 3-D shoots are fun as well. The IBO does some great stuff for the kids where they give every kid a prize. My son goes through spurts. I took both kids to the indoor range and did the techno hunt. They thought it was the best thing in the world.

    I let my son take his DS out in the blind to help pass the time. Last week my son and I talked a lot about school and sports and legos. We even worked on his multiplication facts.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm #534312 Back to Top REPORT
    phyremedyk
    phyremedyk

    Joined: 4/17/2012
    I took my daughter to the local shop and let her pick a bow that she wanted, in a color that made her happy. (pink camo) Taught her the fundimentals, and just let her shoot. Close range at first and when she felt good, I extended her range. To make it interesting for backyard practice we hang water balloons in front of the target and take turns busting them. She also loves to go to the 3-D range.

    I try to keep it from getting boring so I let her keep a few blunt tips when we hunt and she will fling them at birds and rabbits, or a random piece of whatever is close. That also helps with her rangefinding ability. Hi fives for the hits, words of encouragement for the misses.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm #534313 Back to Top REPORT
    ky-double-lung
    Ky. double lung

    Age: 43
    Joined: 1/15/2007
    Location: Ky.
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    Start them by shooting into hay bales, arrows will not bounce off. Blow up some balloons and attach them to hay bales, kids love to pop them! Be safe and make it fun!
    "This is my Creed, there are many others like it but this one is mine!"
    July 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm #534314 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    Most have said it….make it fun, be patient with them. I just about ruined my daughter from it, but learned some priceless lessons. Keep it close, success = enjoyment for them, and YOU MUST BE PATIENT, never tell them “that was a bad shot” tell them “not bad”, and make a huge deal when it REALLY is good! The lessons I learned in absolutely screwing everything up early on with my daughter, has produced an addict in my younger son. Balloons are great, they love to see them pop. Again, start easy….with some BIG balloons and work smaller. Be creative, go to a 3d range, they love shooting the different animals. For the most part, my bow stays in the case when they want to shoot, but now and then I’ll break it out and let them beat me in a contest of some sort….closest to bullseye, or a points contest with a couple of shots! (of course they really do beat me most of the time but dont tell anyone)

    Its a blast seeing the enjoyment on their faces, and I am forever greatful to the individual that got me started into archery.

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