"This is a really fun activity," De Cook said. "It can be for enjoyment. It can be for competition."
Four of the participants said they had used a bow before. The group used compound bows without sights.
"It's called instinctive shooting," De Cook said of shooting without sights.
De Cook advised the participants to never "dry fire" a bow — pull back and shoot a bow without an arrow — as the energy remains within the bow and it will weaken it and the bow will eventually break.
Two participants came to the Outdoor Adventure Day to learn some outdoor skills for use on their farm.
Randy Bostrom and his wife, Beth, of Oskaloosa, had never used a bow before.
"It was fun," Randy said after he tried his hand at archery.
Beth tried the bow and arrow herself after Randy. Beth received a pleasant surprise — she hit a target balloon with her second arrow.
"I was very surprised," she said.
Beth said they had just built a pond on their property and they want to stock it with fish and do some fishing.
The couple enjoyed themselves at the Outdoor Adventure Day.
"I think we're going to get some sports-related items," Beth said.
De Cook said she'd like to expand the Outdoor Field Day with more activities, do some cooking with a Dutch oven or cook wild game, and do an over-night campout.
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