Young bowhunter bags first buck |

Young bowhunter bags first buck

Scott N. Miller/Special to the Daily
Special to the DailyTyler Tenbrook, 15, has been preparing to bag his first buck for years. He use a bow to shoot this one a few weeks ago in the Hardscrabble area, south of Gypsum.

There’s always a little good fortune involved in bow hunting, but when it was time to shoot, the young Eagle resident was ready.

Lisa Tenbrook, Tyler’s mother, said her son has been involved in archery since age six, carrying on a family pastime. Tyler, a sophomore at Eagle Valley High School, has a shelf full of trophies, including a 2001 age group championship from an event in Denver. The family plans to participate in the World Archery Festival in Las Vegas this coming February.

Lisa said she took Tyler out early the morning of Sept. 7. Tyler added he knew where he was going.

“I had a good idea where to go,” said Tyler. “That’s kind of out in our back yard.”

“He made a great shot,” Lisa added. “He did everything he was supposed to do.”

Tyler said his experience in target-shooting competition helped him in the field. “You learn how to judge yardage, guiding, aiming and patience,” he said.

Conversely, he added, experience in the field will probably help him in tournament situations. “You get nervous out there,” said Tyler. “This kind of helps you calm down and shoot.”

Nerves can be a major problem in competition, said Lisa. Archers line up to shoot more or less simultaneously, she said. Having experienced competition herself, Lisa said being around other shooters, and a crowd of spectators, can be unnerving.

As of last weekend, Tyler wasn’t ready to give up on the bow season. He said he also has an elk license, and has been out several times with friends and family. In fact, family friend Lonnie Eachus bagged a bull elk recently.

Ready for more, Tyler was on his way out the door last weekend to head back into the hills, hoping the rest of his group could bring home an animal as well.

This story first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

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