Savannah Slade showed off her deadeye shooting skills and the coveted Day-Glo orange hunting cap she won at the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh on Sunday as she revealed the secret to hitting a bullseye in target practice.
“You line up the little dot in the center of the target with the bottom of the U on the rifle, and if the bottom tip of the dot touches the bottom of the U, then you’ll get a good shot,” said 11-year old Savannah.
Savannah who traveled to Raleigh from Bath, N.C., for the Dixie Deer Classic, is in a 4-H shooting club and enjoys hunting deer, ducks and doves.
Decked out in a rhinestone buckled belt, silver hoop earrings and matching bracelet, Savannah represents a growing population of hunters and participants in the 32-year-old outdoors expo that has grown from its roots as a top notch white tail deer trophy show into a full blown outdoors extravaganza.
Next door to the Wildlife Resources Commission both, Melissa Bachman was holding court, signing autographs for teenage girls and posing for pictures.
At her “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” seminar, she told her mostly female audience that women make up the fastest growing population of hunters in the 21st Century, and vendors are starting to cater to their needs.