PALESTINE — Local youth who want to channel their inner Robin Hood can do so through a new archery program offered by the Anderson County 4-H club.
The program is called Xtreme 4-H Shooting Sports and is a joint venture headed up by certified archery coaches Kenneth and Amy Honeycutt of Palestine.
The program is already practiced through 4-H clubs around the state but is new to Anderson County, according to Amy Honeycutt.
“Every county can have a shooting sports program, though our county has never had one,” she said. “We started in March; we had our first practice. We are currently up to 16 members, and I have several potential new members coming on Sunday to visit.”
The program practices twice a month at 4 p.m. on Sundays. This Sunday, the group will meet at 792 Anderson County Road 2116 in Palestine.
Honeycutt said that area youth are welcome to come out and visit. She said the practices provide an introduction to shooting safety and the fundamentals of archery.
“Shooting sports is all about safety — that is the first step at every practice, our safety meeting,” she said.
Additionally, the program falls in line with the 4-H slogan “Learn by Doing,” as students are able to learn and experience the craft of archery in a hands-on, safe shooting environment.
“It's about your stance, anchor points and just getting the basics,” Honeycutt said. “Right now, we're just teaching how to draw, how to anchor, how to aim, how to properly release and how to follow through.”
Xtreme 4-H Shooting Sports is open to all youth in Anderson County ages 8 (and in the 3rd grade) through 19 years. Equipment is provided, or students are welcome to bring their own bow. Participants who are not already involved in the local 4-H club are required to obtain membership, but then they are set to shoot.