From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
-- Indiana residents can hit the bulls-eye by participating in the Hoosier Outdoor Experience Sept. 26–27.
Archery is for more than hunting. In fact, archery is an Olympic sport that is practiced and enjoyed across the world. Many archers hunt; many others never shoot anything but targets.
Volunteers from the Indiana Bowhunter Association, as well as DNR employees, will teach participants the basics of field archery at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot a compound bow under the guidance of an experienced archer.
"The Indiana Bowhunter Association is extremely excited to be part of the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. New shooters secure the future of our sport, and this event will allow us to reach a large audience of potential archers," said Tim Labbe, president of the IBA.
Many hunters enjoy pursuing game with archery equipment over hunting with firearms.
“Hunting with archery equipment is about honing skill and challenging yourself. It makes the reward that much sweeter,” said Mark Reiter, DNR public lands program manager and an avid bow hunter.
The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is a family-friendly event that is the first of its kind in Indiana. Unlike traditional trade shows, visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on experiences in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, target shooting, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping and much more.
The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with sponsorship support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Ball Brothers Foundation, WXIN-Fox 59 in Indianapolis and numerous other sponsors.
Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars are free to the public, but online registration is required. To register, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov and click on the yellow registration icon, http://www.in.gov/dnr/5009.htm
Event updates can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hoosieroutdoorexperience