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Hatchet-Throwing Facility Opens In New Jersey

EATONTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A hatchet-throwing facility has opened in Eatontown.

CBS2's Steve Overmyer reported that Stuart Josberger and Trish Oliphant started Stumpy's Hatchet House.

"Some people when you show them how to do it, they're apprehensive," Joseberger said. "But after a couple of hours, you can see people are smiling and having a good time and into it."

Stumpy's is the only hatchet-throwing facility in the nation, as it opened up three weeks ago.

"We had doubts," Oliphant said. "We were playing the game and having so much fun, but we did think, 'Is this for everyone?'"

A two-hour throwing sessions costs $40 and it also comes with a safety lesson.

"Never, ever retrieve before your opponent throws," Josberger said.

There's even competition among the sexes at Stumpy's.

"Guys aren't necessarily that much better than the females," Oliphant said. "It's all about technique, not about strength."

"I'll come in here and throw a bullseye on the first try, and the guys can't even get it to stick," hatchet thrower Danielle Mania said.

People are allowed to bring their own drinks and their own targets.

"We won't provide the picture or condone it, but we'll give you some thumbtacks," Josberger said.

Stumpy's opens at 4 p.m. and people must be 21 to enter.

Each throwing pit is 12 feet long, which is the exact distance for one rotation of the hatchet, no matter how hard you throw.

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