GUERNSEY – She knows how to navigate the wilderness. She knows how to track her prey. She knows how to bring home a bounty for her family. She is a modern day Annie Oakley. She is only in high school.
Libby Logan, senior this year at Guernsey-Sunrise High School recently participated and won ribbons for her expertise in multiple sportsmen activities.
The 2021 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships were held June 20-25 in Grand Island, Nebraska, at the Heartland Public Shooting Park. The event was hosted by Nebraska 4-H. 4-H youth from across the country competed in compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading and hunting skills.
“Each day they had a different set of things that you had to do,” Logan said. “On the first day we did archery and then ecology and then hunting skills. The first day I got a 10th place ribbon for shooting a 12 in archery out of 15. The archery course there was 3-D set up to be like an actual hunting experience.”
The competitors had to go through testing each day to assess their skills in the different events. The first day testing was in the areas of ecology and hunting skills, both of which Logan did well.
“On the second day I got moved down a level in placement because I did not shoot very well with shotgun,” she said. “They made us do sporting clays that day. It’s a lot like a hunting experience because they made it so you don’t know where the bird is coming from and you don’t know exactly what the bird is. It’s completely different from trap shooting.”
The test on the second day was compass navigation and map reading, according to Logan. The team that Logan was placed on did well on day two and she won a team award for fourth place.
“My team consisted of three people,” Logan said. “One shot really good and boosted us to a fourth-place finish. There were two brothers from Upton.”
On the third day the participants had separate sets of tests on general hunting skills and wildlife management and identification. In addition, they shot rifle that day and Logan came in with an 11th place national finish.
Logan also earned a ribbon for her overall score for the week which encompassed all the testing combined. She had an overall seventh place finish in the national competition for hunting skills.
The day after nationals, Logan went to Torrington and competed in the state Trap Tournament. Logan took second in state for her shooting abilities, one point away from being the top shooter in the state. In addition, she won second place for overall conference shooter throughout the league in 2021.