Dunbar Township's Brody Halfhill proves to be expert marksman
By Rachel Basinger
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
Dunbar Township's Brody Halfhill already has proven himself as an expert marksman at age 13.
Halfhill took second place in the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) World Archery Championships at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. He also took third place in the IBO National Triple Crown Series for the season.
His father, Dennis Halfhill, said the success comes from lots of practice, including participating in 3D shoots every weekend.
“This is all summer long,” he said. “It's a very big commitment.”
The younger Halfhill is following the path taken by his father, who has participated in archery competitions since the early 1990s.
“I stuck with it until 2001, when I finished ninth in the world,” Dennis Halfhill said. Last year, he returned to competition, and this time his sons participated with him.
“Last year was our learning year,” he said.
For each national competition, there are classes for different age groups, and the top 20 marksmen in each age group advance to the world competition shoots.
Brody Halfhill placed in three different national shoots, including first at a shoot in Bedford, Ind., third at a shoot in Erie and sixth at a shoot in Murengo County, Ohio.
The accumulated points Brody Halfhill received was enough to place him third in the national triple crown competition.
“From first to third, there were only three points separating Brody from the winner, so the competition was very tight,” Dennis Halfhill said.
And if the national recognition wasn't exciting enough, Brody Halfhill then went on to take second in the world in his age group.
Brody Halfhill said his interest in the sport doesn't have anything to do with striving to be the best and win the different competitions.
“I really just do it for the fun of it and to meet new friends,” he said. “I'm very surprised at where I placed (in the world competition). I didn't think I'd do that well.”
He added that he doesn't worry about the score when he's at a competitive shoot.
“As long as I'm shooting as good as I know I can, I feel confident the whole shoot,” he said.
It's no surprise that his favorite way to hunt deer is with a bow, killing his last four deer that way rather than with a rifle.
“I really like using a bow,” Brody Halfhill said. “I think it's because my father started me off shooting one when I was just little.”
Surprisingly, Brody Halfhill thinks he would like to take a break from competition next year, but continue competing in the future.
But what's even more surprising?
“Fishing comes first in my mind,” he said. “Bow is second.”
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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