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Hitting the Archery Bullseye

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I did it!  I checked off my first “40 Before 40” Bucket List item!  I have the scars (okay, bruises) to prove it, but I’ll get to that later.

First, I thought I would tell you my plan for documenting each of my “40 Before 40” check-offs this year.  When I sat down to write about my archery adventure, I thought, hum, what would folks want to know about this?  My goal is to share information about the experience so that you know if you might want to add it to your bucket list and to give information on where to do it.  Then I thought, why not do it interview style?  So, for each bucket list item, I’ll be answering the classic questions- who? what? when? where? why? how?

What was the activity?

Who participated?

When was it completed?

Where was it completed?

Why did I choose to put this item on my bucket list?

How did I find out about this activity?  How would one go about making arrangements to do this activity?

I also thought it would be fun to end each post with any interesting tidbits that occurred during the check off process.

Let’s do this…


✅ Hitting the archery bullseye.  I hit the bullseye from 10 yards after approximately 15 “warm-up” tries.Women aiming at target with bow raised.


It seems appropriate that I checked the first item off my list with my husband Scott.  We are a pretty competitive pair which makes anything with a win/lose outcome more fun.  So who won?  Drum roll….we tied.  I know, anticlimactic.  We were bummed too.  Scoring was done via an electronic program.  When the game was over, it was over.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

#26 on list

1st 40 Before 40 item completed


Average Joes Archery in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.  Average Joe’s has a large indoor shooting range with 20 archery lanes.  The shop is also equipped with a TechnoHUNT video archery simulator where you can compete with a partner.Arrows in front of archery target range.


I have been fascinated by archery since I was a kid.  My dad went bow hunting when I was growing-up, and I always wanted to learn how to shoot.  I think women who are skilled archers are especially fierce.  I’d also be lying if I said watching The Hunger Games movies wasn’t an additional push to want to learn;).


Those who know me well know I am a Groupon and Living Social fanatic.  You guessed it…I found Average Joe’s Archery on Living Social.  The deal I purchased was for two and included: Equipment, Instruction, 1 1/2 hours of shooting on the range, 30 minutes in the TechnoHUNT video archery simulator, and sodas.  The entire package cost only $29.  Cheap date night, huh?

One of the things I love about Groupon and Living Social is finding new experiences….for cheap.  The search feature is also nice as you can search for specific experiences in a particular city.  For example, I looked up “archery” in Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA and Seattle, WA.  There are archery experiences in each city listed.  Hitting the Bullseye (or learning to be Katniss from The Hunger Games) can be on anyone’s bucket list, no matter where you live!

Interesting tidbits…

  • When I was fitted for my bow, I learned that I am left eye dominate which makes me a left-handed archer.
  • Form matters.  You can get injured in archery and not just from a stray arrow.  I did this all by myself.  Seems as if my right elbow hyperextends when holding the bow.  The string kept hitting my arm when I released the arrow.  I eventually learned to bend my elbow when holding the bow but not before I got this beauty.  I know, it would have been a better story if I got the injury from Scott trying to shoot an apple out of the crook of my arm.  Bruised arm from archery injury.


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  • Kristen
    January 31, 2018

    Yet again another great article!!

    • admin
      January 31, 2018


  • Pam
    January 31, 2018

    I love following along on your amazing adventures Susan! I appreciate the info on where to go try this too. I hope your arm heals up quickly! I had a similar looking shoulder when I learned to shoot skeet/trap😬

    Looking forward to hearing about the next item on your bucket list Katniss😜

    • admin
      February 1, 2018

      Thank you Pam! I have skeet shooting on my list for this year too. I’m going to be a black and blue mess!

  • Nina
    February 4, 2018

    Love this idea of a 40 before 40 bucket list. I must admit after reading the Hunger Games and seeing the movies it definitely made me want to give archery a try too.

  • Cassie
    February 4, 2018

    Love the idea of a bucket list. I turn 35 next week and need to start one myself. Thanks for the idea

  • That looks sore! I hope you are feeling better but I am glad that you had fun. Life should be a bucket list where do what you want to do not because your out of time but because you are intentional about being happy!

  • Elisha | WifeMomLife101
    February 5, 2018

    Wow. This is awesome and an inspiration to see you are more than halfway to completing your bucket list before 40. It makes me want to create a list of my own to try before I hit 40.

  • Julie
    February 6, 2018

    Congrats on checking this one off the list! I love the format…and the backstory on why you picked this…cause I was definitely curious!

  • Sara @ Magical Mama Blog
    February 7, 2018

    This sounds like such a fun and creative family activity! Thank you so much for sharing this on Mom Blog Tribe!

  • Kim
    February 8, 2018

    Way to go! I bruise so easy ouch that’d be me or worse.

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