Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Sept. 8, 2011
Event designed to encourage youth hunters and shooters; registration deadline Sept. 16
COUNCIL GROVE — Council Grove area youth are invited to attend a free shotgun, pellet rifle, and archery shooting and safety clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Council Grove Reservoir. Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), the Flint Hills Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation (QUWF), and Morris County hunter education instructors, this special event will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance firearm and archery shooting and safety skills. Controlled live fire instruction will teach safe, responsible, and fun shooting techniques.
Participants will be provided safety and shooting instruction by certified firearm and archery skills instructors. All gear and supplies, including shotguns, pellet rifles, shells, bows, arrows, targets, and eye and ear protection will be provided by KDWPT’s “Pass It On” and Hunter Education programs. Teaching methods almost guarantee that students will break shotgun targets by the end of the session.
Anyone age 11 through 16 may participate. Participants are required to pre-register for the event by Sept. 16. Students are not required to have completed a hunter education course, but prior completion is preferred. The event will begin at 12 p.m. at the COE-managed area between Marina Cove and Neosho Park, approximately 1/4 mile west of the COE office at the west end of the dam. Check-in will be run from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., and QUWF will provide a free lunch during check-in. Instruction will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.
KDWP’s “Pass It On” Program is designed to increase the number of Kansans who hunt. Those interested are reminded to pre-register before Sept. 16. To register or learn more about this event, phone Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager, at 620-767-5900.

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