Bronson teen to compete in 4H national shoot

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By Claude Lewis

BRONSON -With a name like Hunter, it makes sense that he would be a bulls-eye shot with a rifle.

Hunter Lowe, a 16-year-old Bronson resident, recently took first place in the age 9-18 Smallbore Rifle division of competition at the Florida 4H Finals held in Bronson. Off of that performance, he has qualified for the 4H Nationals, which will be held June 21 in Nebraska.

Lowe was a bit surprised about winning state competition considering he had little experience with a 22.

"I started out with a shotgun around three years ago,"said Lowe. "I had a buddy at Bronson Middle School –Levi Dean –who went over to shoot with the 4H, so I decided to try it. Then I tried archery and muzzle loader. The last three months I've been shooting the 22 rifle."

Lowe said he only practiced with targets once, squeezing off 20 rounds.

Competition encompasses aiming at little metal targets approximately five-inches long. They are shaped like chickens, turkeys, rams and hogs, according to Lowe. A competitor stands from 25-75 feet away from the targets. Contestants are judged for accuracy.

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