Crumpler’s own Matthew Dixon proved to be one of the elite archers in his age group by taking sixth place in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational last month.
Dixon was one of 566 individual shooters that represented 34 different states at the tournament, held in Grand Island, Nebraska over a six-day span.
Shooters could compete in several different events, including air pistol, air rifle, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, compound archery, recurve archery, muzzleloader, shotgun and hunting skills.
Dixon was one of four shooters on the North Carolina team in the compound archery discipline.
The North Carolina squad placed 14th overall in the FITA competition, fourth in the field competition and 11th in the 3-D event.
Those results overall were good enough for a sixth place finish as a team.
The Ashe County 4-H Shooting Club has given several youth in the area a place to learn and refine their shooting skills. The group is open to all ages up to 18 and is free to join.
Young shooters get to learn the proper ways to operate the equipment while becoming a safe shooter. Shooters also get plenty of practice to improve their accuracy and skill each week.
The shooting team will travel to a regional tournament in August.
For more information on the 4-H Shooting Club and other 4-H opportunities, call the Ashe County Extension Office at (336) 846-5850.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87