Archery teacher inspires 4-H members statewide

  • Scott Stuhr, the director of the an "Explore Archery" workshop, picks up a bow to demonstrate proper instructions to his class at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center on February 13, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Participants of the Explore Archery workshop learned how to properly aim, shoot and remain safe while enjoying the art of archery.
  • Scott Stuhr goes through proper safety protocols with his class.
  • Brian Lukert, a 4-H member from Hebron, Nebraska, practices shooting a bow and arrow during the "Explore Archery" workshop.
  • Many of the participants had never previously shot a bow and arrow before. Stuhr stressed that learning safety fundamentals was as important as shooting the bow and arrow itself.
  • Frederick Kujath, a 4-H member from Fairbury, Nebraska, along with other participants of the "Explore Archery" workshop, listens to director Scott Stuhr for directions.

If you told Scott Stuhr as an eight-year-old that he would one day be a nationally trained archery teacher, he would do what he frequently does today: burst out laughing.

“The first time I shot bow and arrow, my uncle handed me his combine bow. I could barely pull it back. I let it go and it left a bruise. And then I cried,” he said.  “It was miserable.”

But thankfully for 4-H club members across the state of Nebraska, Stuhr changed his mind.

On a recent Saturday, he and leaders from various clubs across the state learned the art of archery at the Nebraska Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln.

Among other things, he teaches adults how to properly instruct children and teach the sport, focusing on the safety that surrounds it.

“I think the emphasis of getting down and speaking to the children on their level,” said Valerie Witte, one of the attendees. “I think that that speaks to me and tells me what I need to be doing.”

Many of the attendees of the workshop had never shot a bow and arrow before. Those are Stuhr’s favorite students.

“They hit their first target and then turn and look at you with a big smile on their face,” he said. “Now, that’s cool.”

Just as the group neared a lunch break, a person suddenly drops an arrow, a large safety concern in the archery world.

With his eyes nearly disappearing in a wide smile, Stuhr broke the tension with a sigh and thundered out a heartfelt “Awesome!”

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