SKILL: Dave Bonnell takes aim with an axe.
SKILL: Dave Bonnell takes aim with an axe. Paul Braven

Bow hunting, axe throwing, a social weekend at Awoonga

HENRY Draper had never handled an axe before, but the 13-year-old came back to the 16th Australian Longbow and Recurve muster for the second year to try his skills.

"I enjoy the shooting but this is my first time with an axe," he said.

"We came down last year and we wanted to support them raising money for the club."

He was being mentored by family friend Dave Bonnell.

"There's a lot of skill here. Distance is critical," he said.

"It's a skill that goes hand-in-hand with bow shooting."

They were among 50 bowhunters and their families who converged on Lake Awoonga parkland from across Queensland to take part in the social competition over the long weekend.

President Tony Williams said another competition at a site elsewhere had lessened numbers this year, but that didn't stop those who attended from having a great time.

"It's the only time some of us get together and we've had some real larrikins here," he said.

"They're all good blokes."



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