Chuck Matasic, CEO of West Chester-based Kodabow, a direct-to-consumer crossbow company, recently helped an aspiring young hunter prepare for his first archery deer hunt at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, writes Victor Fiorillo for Philadelphia magazine.
The 13-year-old was one of the five first-time hunters who were lucky to be drawn in a lottery to determine the 25 total participants out of 80 applicants.
All the participants are paired with an experienced mentor for an eight-day hunt. Before the hunt begins, the participants have to undergo an all-day mandatory training and education session at Heinz.
During the session, Matasic instructed all the mentees on how to properly use Kodabow gear.
The young hunter used a $1,000 Kodabow with 200-pound draw weight and the ability to fire at about 350 feet per second. He managed to hit a bull’s-eye at 20 yards and followed it up with another shot that was just a centimeter off.
Matasic observed the training and gave the youngster pointers before qualifying him to participate in the deer hunt.
Several days later, the young hunter used his newfound knowledge to catch his first deer.
Read more about Kodabow in Philadelphia magazine here.