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Kansas youth shooting clinic at planned Oct. 9

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- Council Grove area youth are invited to attend a free shotgun, pellet rifle and archery shooting clinic Oct. 9 at Council Grove Reservoir. The event is designed to encourage youth participation in outdoor shooting sports; the pre-registration deadline is Oct. 4.

Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Flint Hills Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and Morris County Hunter Education instructors, the clinic helps participants enhance firearm and archery shooting and safety skills. Controlled live fire instruction will teach safe, responsible and fun shooting techniques.

The goal is to enroll 60 kids and provide a fun afternoon that will spark an interest in the shooting sports and hunting, according to Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager.  "The Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation will provide everyone with a good meal to get the afternoon started, as well as a few hunting-related door prizes. Remember that it's also free."

Certified firearm and archery skills instructors will provide safety and live-fire shooting instruction. All gear and supplies, including shotguns, pellet rifles, shells, bows, arrows, targets, and eye and ear protection will be provided by KDWP's Pass It On and Hunter Education programs. Participants need only a desire to learn some valuable techniques and have fun. Teaching methods almost guarantee students will break shotgun targets by the end of the session.

Youngsters ages 11 through 16 can participate but must pre-register for the event. Students are not required to have completed a hunter education course, although prior completion is preferred. The event begins at noon with check-in and a free lunch between noon and 12:30, with instruction beginning at 12:30. The event ends at 4 p.m.

Persons interested in registering or learning more about the clinic should call Konen at (620)767-5900.