Special event designed to encourage youth participation in outdoor shooting sports;
Oct. 6 pre-registration deadline

COUNCIL GROVE — Council Grove area youth are invited to attend a free shotgun, pellet rifle, and archery shooting clinic on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Council Grove Reservoir. Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), the Neosho Valley Chapter of Quail Unlimited (QU), the Kansas Wildlife Officers Association, and Morris County hunter education instructors, this special event will provide participants an opportunity to enhance firearm and archery shooting and safety skills.

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 that students will be breaking shotgun targets by the end of the session.

Youngsters ages 11 through 16 may participate. Participants are required to pre-register for the event. 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 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 and a free lunch will be provided by QU between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. Instruction will then begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at approximately 5 p.m.

Those interested must pre-register before Oct. 6. Persons interested in registering or learning more about this special event may phone Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager, at 620-767-5900.