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Atlatl competition pits spear throwers against each other


Last updated 9/10/2015 at 8:42pm

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Ralph Heydlauff teaches Blake Taylor, 6, how to throw an atlatl Sept. 7, 2013, during Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump's annual atlatl competition.

The annual atlatl competition at Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump will test the hunting capabilities of novice and advanced hunters alike.

The event is for all ages and is a great family event, said Wahkpa Chu'gn manager Anna Brumley.

Starting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ending Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the atlatl competition is completely free and atlatls are provided for people to use.

Participants walk through a course with their atlatls, which are hand held mounts on which spears are placed. The mount, or atlatl, allows the user to achieve higher velocities with a spear than they...

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