Kansas 4-H Shooting Team's Sharp Shooting

MCLOUTH, Ks. (WIBW) -- The Kansas 4-H Shooting Team had a successful trip to Nationals in Nebraska.

To some guns, and arrows might look like just tools to hunt. But to this team those tools are actually their tools to success. Pretty good success actually. The Kansas 4-H Shooting Team just got back from Nebraska where they finished third out of 34 states.

The team only finished behind Texas and Missouri, and although competition is important the program stresses learn by doing.

Besides winning medals 4-H Shooting participants that demonstrate shooting sports are acceptable life long activities and to demonstrate overall safety.

Celia Taylor-Puckett said, "I have an arm guard that protects my arm. This is just a wrist sling to make sure the bow doesn't escape my grip. And you just pour it down the barrel."

Five out of the seven finished in the top ten in the 4-H Nationals.

According to Tana Pearson the key to success was, " Lots of coaches and staff. It helps a lot having coaches and having my family back me up. And lots of practicing. I practiced a ton and I had a training plan that I did every week."

And one of those coaches is Rod Deeken has been active in 4-H shooting since 1995, and helps out with whatever he can.

As a team Kansas has finished in 3rd place for three straight years.

Just a few of the shooters that placed well were Tana Pearson (took first place in all three days of air rifle competition), Hunter Heineken (took first place in the Muzzle Loading 50 yard bulls eye event), Celia Taylor-Puckett (finished just out of the top ten in Recurve Archery), and Tegan Bowers (helped the Kansas Air Pistol team secure a second place finish in silhouette competition as well as second overall).

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