Yucca 4-H members get their bows on

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The Yucca 4-H Club, based in Magdalena, held its first archery event on Sept. 21 at the Magdalena shooting range. 4-H members from other area clubs were invited to participate as well, as were nonmembers.

"We wanted to offer this opportunity to all the kids in the area who are interested," Stephanie Finch, Yucca 4-H leader, said Sept. 21. "This is the first event of its kind held here, and there isn't much offered in the region for kids interested in bow shooting."

Twenty-eight 4-H members, other youth and parents went out to learn about safety, rules and regulations, and to pick up new shooting techniques. Participants ranged in age from 5 to about 16 years old.

"There is so much interest in archery," said Finch. "We want to do this more often."

Marty Frentzel, assistant chief for education in the Information and Education Division of New Mexico Game and Fish, was at the archery event with his trailer full of tools and resource materials, such as targets, arrows, bows, and pamphlets on safety and regulations.

"I called the Game and Fish to ask about getting some targets," said Finch. "They offered me way more than that! They volunteered to bring their trailer out, teach safety, provide targets and bows, and offer information."

"We see opportunity here," said Frentzel. "They (the community) has some land dedicated to shooting and they are interested in education."

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department offers a variety of education and training, including hunters safety education; archery safety and education — specifically, the National Archery in Schools program; general shooting safety and training; and other programs.

Basic conservation information is interwoven into all programs. For more information, visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.