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home : opinions : your opinions August 19, 2014


9/16/2013 9:11:00 AM
Great opportunity
Chris Olsen, Rice Lake

Last Sunday I attended an outing with my daughter that was sponsored by the Deparment of Natural Resouces and hosted by members of the Rod & Gun Club at their facility. Being someone who enjoys the outdoors along with shooting, I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce my recent hunter safety graduate to additional avenues of shooting and safety before we head out into the woods this fall.
To my amazement, this event was put on with all volunteers from the DNR, Sheriff's department, and not to mention a large number of members at the Rod & Gun Club. During our 4 hours at the event, I watched dozens upon dozens of youth shoot pistols, rifles, bows, muzzleloaders and shotgun with a tremendous amount of enjoyment. Not only were all the volunteers well versed in every aspect of safety, but they provided guidance to each participant as they honed their shooting skills.
As we rotated through all the stations, I began to add up the amount of money being spent on ammunition for this event. What I failed to mention is all equipment and ammunition was provided free of charge to the participants! With the sounds of trap shooting, clanking metal at the rifle range or a high pinging sound with pistol targets all day long, I knew this was not a cheap ordeal to put on. However, this gave a tremendous number of youth the opportunity to experience outdoor shooting in a safe and secure way.
The money invested was well worth the time and effort to expose the next generation to one of America's longstanding pastimes. Many of the participants will never have the opportunity to shoot many of the firearms they had available on Sunday and that is one reason why it was a special event.
I cannot forget to mention the 80 ringneck pheasant that were released at a nearby farm for hunting. Not only did the kids walk the field but they had a mentor to guide them along with a trained dog and handler for the experience. We did not have a pheasant dinner that night but my daughter smiled ear to ear after her chance in the field.
To all the volunteers who spent a Sunday and sacrificed watching the Packers, kudos to you. I know it was a success when the first thing uttered by my daughter upon leaving was, "I want to do that again next year." Even though it was free to the participants, it will cost me some money in the future because my daughter found her calling with the pistol and rifle shooting.
Great job to all who made the event possible and such a success! We will see you next year.

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