Archer aims to make his mark


August 4, 2023

Jana Peterson

Carlton's Kyle Olson draws back his barebow to aim at a target 50 meters away, right next to his Buffalo House RV site. He's hoping to make the barebow men's national team for his age group. To accomplish that, he aims to shoot 1,000 arrows a week. "I'm usually 500-plus," he said. "If the weather's good, I can shoot for hours."

"Thunk," goes the arrow as it hits the target, nearly 55 yards away. It's almost impossible to see, but Kyle Olson can tell by sound how well he shot.

"A soft thunk means it's in the middle, because that's been hit the most," he said.

At the age of 65, Carlton archer Kyle Olson is taking aim at his biggest target yet: competing with the U.S. national team on the international stage as a barebow archer in the men's 50-plus category.

To achieve that, he has to compete at a minimum of five USA Archery team qualifiers and emerge as one of the top three by the end of the season. Right now, with...

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