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How to shoot a Triceratops

Bearing down on a Triceratops

Lions, Leopards and Bears – oh, my!

In effort to avoid a case of the off-season blues I shot a turkey, deer and a triceratops this past Sunday.  The targets were all part of Blair’s own Orion Archery Club and their annual Brandon Tomcak Memorial 3D Shoot.  The entire event was designed to give youth, and their parents, a chance to take part in this amazing family activity.  Bows, arrows and instruction were available to all that had the need.  Money raised supports a scholarship for graduating high school seniors, too.  Team hershy hit the shoot and had an absolute blast, even though our late arrival prevented us from taking part in the numerous novelty shoots that were also part of the event.

Full, Family Fun

This event is just one of many taking place this summer across our great state, and the first of many that I hope to take part in.  For example, this Sunday (6/9) the Lower Platte Archery Club is holding their annual Grant Hoefener Memorial 3D shoot at the Larry Elston Range south of Gretna.  Another great opportunity to get your family outdoors and check out this addictively fun game of prowling the woods for foam-critters.  Proceeds from this event support Millard West High School’s industrial arts program.

Having been out-shot by the rest of the family, I am looking forward to zinging more arrows during this off-season to get me ready for this fall’s hunting.  However, you do not have to be a hunter to enjoy a 3D shoot.  The various targets add some color and excitement to anybody’s weekend.  Being outdoors adds to the experience as well as the challenge for those looking for it.  And each shoot is unique – my family has flung arrows at foam turkeys, dinosaurs, skunks, alligators, beaver, pink panthers, armored deer, aliens, bears on toilets, sharks, elephants, baboons, lions and a whole bunch of others.

If you are even remotely interested in archery, or have someone in the family that is, you need to check out one of the 3D shoots taking place this summer.


About Aaron Hershberger

Aaron "hershy" Hershberger is an Outdoor Education Specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He loves being outdoors. When not outdoors he is day-dreaming about being outdoors and/or whining that he is not outdoors. Hershy has been a Hunter Education Instructor, in two states, for nearly three decades & a Bowhunter Education Instructor for over 20 years.

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