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Archery at Twin Lakes

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ith the weather being so nice lately, I wanted to try an activity where I could be outside and take in the fresh air. Therefore, I had no hesitations when I signed up for archery lessons at Twin Lakes State Park.

I began my class with instructor Joey Shelton taking me to the shooting range and teaching me a few safety tips before I tried out a bow and arrow for the first time.

He went over proper stances, what each bow was capable of, and finished by showing me the process of lining up an arrow on the bow.

Then it was show time.

I stood to the side, placed my feet shoulder-width apart and looked toward the target. I raised my bow and arrow and shot the target. Throughout my shooting, Joey corrected any tiny mistakes and made sure to compliment me when I shot an arrow with good posture.

It is a satisfying feeling when an instructor gives you one-on-one time and pays attention to every aspect.

Archery is not only a fun activity with less physical work than some sports, but it is also a great way to relieve stress.

Shooting an arrow seems so simple. However, when you realize how much detail goes into shooting the arrow, it makes you appreciative when you shoot correctly.

Another thing I enjoyed learning about archery at Twin Lakes is that anyone can come try the sport. It doesn’t matter if you are 10 years old or in your 80s, the instructors at Twin Lakes are glad to assist you in any way with archery.

They welcome groups or individuals to come and practice, as long as you call ahead so they know you are coming.

This is an activity that I would encourage anyone to try, especially those who are looking for a low-impact sport or those suffering with stress in their lives.

To find out more about archery at Twin Lakes, contact Joey Shelton at joey.shelton@dcr.virginia.gov.