QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Aim for her husband's arrow. That's what Cassie Kindhart was told to do.
The Timewell resident didn't know that she would shoot her arrow right through his.
"It's the first time that I've ever done that," Kindhart said.
Kindhart has been shooting for about two months.
"My father-in-law and my husband do a shoot benefit for Quanada, so I've helped out at every single one for the year or so that we've done it," she said. "I was sick of watching everyone else shoot, so I decided I wanted to get myself a bow. And it's been a lot of fun."
Her husband, Brandon, said he needs to take her hunting with how well she has done since taking up the sport.
"I'm a little nervous that I taught her how to shoot so well because if I ever mess anything up, that's going to be a bad situation," he joked.
The couple were finishing up the 30 stations offered at the Wenois Field Archery Club's monthly 3-D shoot at the Eagles Club in Quincy.
The archery club offers the monthly shoot to allow people to practice for hunting season and archery competitions, and just to have fun.
Joe Goehl, president of the archery club, said practice is important for anyone who wants to succeed when bow deer hunting.
"You have to be a lot more precise with a bow than you do a gun," Goehl said. "You've got to make sure it's right."
The 3-D targets on the course help shooters practice aiming and judging distances.
Roger Kindhart has been shooting for close to 40 years, including competitively. He said practice makes better hunters.
"A lot of people will put (their bows) down all year and never worry about it until hunting season," he said.
"Then they go out and make a bad shot during hunting season, and they don't know why."
This can be costly for some hunters, especially if they lose arrows.
"If a person keeps tuned up all year, it makes hunting a lot easier," Roger Kindhart said. "You get a lot of realistic shots, and it keeps your distance perception good, whether you're judging 20 yards, all the way out to 40 or 50 yards."