Aiming to help the hungry

Published 5:29 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Kingsboro Bowmen Archery Association’s outdoor range at Lone Star Lakes Park will host a day of 3D target shooting on Aug. 26 to help feed those in need throughout Virginia.

Registration will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the park located at 401 Kings Highway, and each round of bow shooting should be anywhere from three to four hours, according to Kingsboro Bowmen Secretary Christopher Holloman. Participants will bring their own equipment along with appropriate clothing and bug spray. Spectators are also welcome.

There will be 26 high-density foam renderings of deer, turkeys, bears and other wild animals for shooting. Participants ages 16 and older may sign up themselves. Those that are younger will require a parent or guardian to accompany them.

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Holloman said its great preparation for anyone interested in bow hunting or who simply need practice.

“It’s the one true sport that does not have a limiting factor regardless of your age or handicap,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s the most adaptable sport there is because anybody with a physical disability can have (something) to assist them.”

Flags will mark distances in the yards between the shooters and their targets. Each archer is advised to be conservative with their arrows.

“They made need quite a few arrows depending on their abilities,” Holloman said. “With some of them, if you miss the target, you’re probably going to lose that arrow because it’s probably going to end up in a lake.”

There is scorekeeping for this shoot and each participant will pay a range fee of at least $5. The funds will go to support Hunters for the Hungry, a non-profit that has worked with Virginia food banks and other charities since 1991 to distribute donated and processed deer meat to the hungry throughout the state.

More than 26.6 million servings of venison have been distributed since Hunters for the Hungry began collecting from generous hunters, according to the non-profit’s website.

“People will go out and harvest big game and they may have a lot more than they have storage for, so they’ll just donate that meat to feed the homeless in the state of Virginia,” Holloman said.

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