By Benjamin Doughty
I decided to enter shooting sports when I was 9 years old.
I started out shooting a Genesis bow. I got better as my arms got stronger, and my skills improved. I really wanted to go hunting with a compound bow. One day I saw a used Parker left handed compound bow in my dad’s truck. He told me I needed to raise $150.00 to get it. I was able to do extra chores at home and jobs for some neighbors and my grandparents, and in 3-4 months, I got it. Last year my friend and his dad invited me and my dad to hunt with them. A six or eight point walked out on me and my dad. It was within 20 yards of me. This was my first time to draw back my bow for hunting. I remember feeling excited and nervous. My heart was pounding, but I wasn’t shaking. My friend’s dad didn’t realize I had prepared to take a shot. He fired his gun, and the deer ran. I kept on hunting after that time but didn’t see anything for a long time. I got discouraged, but I just kept on practicing.
My uncle was very kind to invite me to hunt on his land about 2 months ago. My Pawpaw and uncle took me to his land to hunt. I got in a stand about 5:30pm. My Pawpaw was nearby in another stand. I only waited about 2 hours before I heard something in the woods. I knew something was near, and then the feeder went off. I had a good feeling about it. I thought I saw a doe walking up to eat corn. It turns out it was a spike. I drew back and released. I saw my arrow hit the deer. I felt sure I had killed him. I found good blood on the leaves, logs, and trees. We walked about 100 hundred yards, and there he was- my first deer! I felt quite relieved when I found my deer, and my heart really started pounding.
The sport of archery is exciting and challenging to me. I like being outdoors. I like to hunt with my bow, but I also like participating in shooting sports. I have competed in two regional shooting competitions using my Genesis bow. I missed the state qualifications by 7 points this past spring, but I just keep on practicing. I think hunting with a bow is the best!
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