Archery shoot looking for young archers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 27, 2015


Kurt Byrd and Reggie Hartz will host a youth bow shoot this Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Hunter’s Walk Range near River Falls.


“This is just something we put on for the kids,” Byrd said. “My son and I, both enjoy shooting and this is a way to get other kids involved.”


Byrd said that they have put on the event the past few years, and has had good turnouts and sponsorships.


“I get several business to sponsor things that we can giveaway as prizes,” Byrd said. “Last year, we had 40 shooters in the tournament and I had so much stuff from sponsors, I was just giving it away.”


The purpose of the tournament is for the kids, Byrd said.


“Our goal is to give back to the kids,” Byrd said. “Covington County has a larger group archery shooter, but most don’t know about the ranges we have around here.”


Byrd said that Hartz owns the range where the shoot will be held.


“He (Hartz) is kind enough to help us out,” Byrd said. “Not only does he let us use his range, but he puts the whole thing together.”


The range will consist of 20 3-D targets, and the archers will be put in eight groups taking turns on sections until each has shot all 20 targets.


“We will have some kids from Phenix City that are coming down to shoot, and they are some of the top shooters in Alabama and Georgia,” Byrd said. “If nothing else, they are a lot of fun to watch. We meet them up at some shoots awhile back, and they said they would come down here and shoot. That is kind of how we got this thing started.”


Byrd said that there is a $10 entry fee for shooters, but it’s free for any one that wants to watch.


“We will be grilling hot dogs and Pepsi of Luverne is sponsoring the drinks,” Byrd said. “It’s free to get in, and we want everyone to come out and enjoy the day with us.”


The shooters will be split into divisions based on what grade they are in school. The top three shooters from each division will win a trophy.


“The top three from each group will win a trophy,” Byrd said. “But I’ve got so much stuff to give away, that every one will leave with something.”


For more information, contact Byrd at 343-6595.