MOUNT VERNON — Kids of all ages got a little taste — literally — of the outdoors Sunday.

Members of Knox County Pheasants Forever treated customers outside Rural King to s’mores toasted over a grill, as well as giving people an opportunity to shoot a bow or make a leather keepsake.

“Our mission is to get kids involved, whether it be archery, fishing or wing hunting,” said Bill Buskirk, a member of KCPF. “Today, we’re giving kids the experience of shooting a bow for the first time.”

After munching down on a fresh s’more, kids could take their shot with a bow and arrow at targets 18 feet away inside a trailer. Buskirk would give them basic instructions on how to shoot the bow correctly.

“I give them pointers on how to lock in their arrows, getting it to mount to the bow,” Buskirk said. “I love to see their faces when they hit a target. It’s great.”

Pheasants Forever also had plenty of information available on archery, fishing and even creating wildlife habitats. Larry Hall was there with a large assortment of leather squares and circles, giving children an opportunity to create their own keepsake. He had stamps with everything from stars to letters to designs that the youths could tap into the leather, making their own creation.


Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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