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Shooting sports featured at Indiana event Sept. 18-19

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Shooting sports is one of the six events available free of charge at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience Sept. 18 and 19 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Last year, 5,100 children and adults learned gun safety and shot a pellet gun or shotgun under expert supervision. Many were shooting for the first time. Overall, 13,300 children and adults participated in the Hoosier Outdoor Experience.

The activity is sponsored in part by a $10,000 grant to the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation from the Indiana Friends of the National Rifle Association. This is the second consecutive year the group has underwritten  the shooting-sports area.

Other opportunities to take aim include archery and bowfishing. Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience are free to the public, but online advance registration is requested to assist with planning/staffing. To register or learn more, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov and click on the orange registration icon.

"Rarely have I seen such enthusiasm for a program from our members," said John Crone, former NRA field representative for Indiana. "We cannot wait to provide the opportunity for thousands to learn about firearm safety and target shooting again this year."  Steve Teutsch, current NRA field representative for Indiana, anticipates similar results. "I'm looking forward to working with programs like this that introduce firearms and safety to kids from all walks of life."

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Friends of the NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program organized by local volunteers. Since the program began in 1993, it has funded thousands of local projects that include youth education efforts, firearms training and conservation projects.

For more information, contact Marty Benson, DNR assistant communications director, at (317) 233-3853 or e-mail mbenson@dnr.in.gov.  

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