Hatteras Island Target Shooters competing at state level

Published 8:55 am Saturday, April 30, 2022

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A team from Hatteras Island Target Shooters is heading for state competition.

The team is composed of seven middle school students who compete in the Junior Division of the Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament, sponsored by North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Hatteras Island Target Shooters team members participating in the state competition are Preston Stowe, Kyndle Stowe, Paizley Schultz, Liam Van Druten, Jack Revere, Joe Kavanagh and Zeke Willis.

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The commission’s program reaches 4,000 middle and high school students. Nine district tournaments are held each year. The Hatteras Island team finished third in its district tournament. According to the tournament website, the team scored 3,025 points and ranks 16th going into competition on Saturday, April 30.

The team will compete in archery, rifle, shotgun and hunter skills. At the state level, hunter skills will have an orienteering course and a 25-question walk-through test that includes information from the state’s hunter education manual, scenarios, regulations on hunting and trapping and wildlife identification.

For the Hatteras Island Target Shooters, the head coach is Brian Van Druten and assistant coaches are John Fairbanks, Johnny Fairbanks and Eric Fulcher.