It was a shot that would have made Robin Hood proud. In fact, the shot pulled off Monday morning by Hannibal teen Tyler Hatton is named after the heroic English outlaw.
After hitting the target from roughly 15 yards away with one shot, Tyler managed to send the shaft of his next arrow perfectly into the first.
“It was just luck… I just got lucky,” said Tyler, who was in the backyard of his Hannibal home when he managed the rare shot. “I was just practicing aiming for the center of the target and did this.”
Tyler’s father, Chad Hatton, regrets not witnessing the shot.
“Unfortunately, I was in the house when it happened, but my middle son and nephew were out there,” he said.
Although Chad Hatton didn’t see his son’s amazing shot, he’s still impressed.
“That’s pretty dad-gone good,” he said. “I’ve heard of it and seen it in magazines, but I’ve never seen it in real life. I’ve never done it myself, and I started shooting when I was 13 or 14 years old, and I’m 40 now.
“There’s guys who have shot all their lives and have never done that before. It’s a pretty big feat.”
Tyler, who took up archery about a year ago, admitted he would “probably not” duplicate the shot again. That is even more reason that the two arrows, that are now one arrow, will be given a spot of distinction in the Hatton household.
“I think he’s got a trophy right there,” said Chad Hatton. “I think we’re going to leave it just like it is and figure out some way to hang it.”