By David Lias
On Dec. 2, 2012, Wyatt Waage, 13-year-old son of Brad and Patty Waage of Vermillion, accomplished a feat in archery marksmanship that hardly anyone can brag about.
Until last Sunday, that is.
“Wyatt Waage did something that you just don’t see,” Randy Hout, a leader of the Clay County Flyers 4-H club, said during the club’s meeting in the 4-H building in Vermillion. “He shot one arrow, and he shot another arrow, and it completely went through the nock of the first arrow. It was perfect – the two arrows, going together, made one arrow. You don’t see that, hardly ever.”
Waage, a member of the club, was simply practicing the afternoon of Dec. 2 when he managed to split his own arrow, so to speak.
“It’s called ‘shooting a Robin Hood.’ It was pretty neat. It’s something to be celebrated,” Hout said.
The club took a break from its activities Sunday in the Extension building in Vermillion to watch as Hout presented a plaque to Waage in recognition of his achievement.
“I have been helping as club leader for seven years, and I’ve not seen this happen in this building,” Hout said, referring to Waage’s feat of excellent marksmanship. “I’ve seen some tremendous scores … but I’ve never seen someone shoot a Robin Hood. I think it’s something to be recognized. I think it’s something to aspire to.”
With fellow club members gathered around, Hout presented Waage a plaque acknowledging that the Clay County Flyers hold his achievement in marksmanship in high esteem.
Wyatt Knutson, 10-year-old son of Matt and Jenny Knutson of Vermillion, evidently was listening to Hout very closely. Approximately an hour later, Knutson also shot a Robin Hood.
Looks like the Clay County Flyers are going to have to order a second plaque to once again honor a very special achievement.
Congratulations to the two Wyatts.