Outdoor education event honors shooting victim
EMPORIA — The 1st Annual Beau Arndt Outdoor Appreciation Day will be held Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Alexander, 3 miles northeast of Emporia.
Arndt was killed Dec. 15, 2007, just three days before his 19th birthday, by an drive-by poacher who shot into a goose decoy layout Arndt and his hunting friends were in.

Christine Arndt, spokesperson for the Beau Arndt Foundation, announced a host of activities planned for this event, presented by various individuals and conservation organizations. Activities include fishing and lure-casting competitions. Shooting and archery ranges will be manned by certified instructors. Coon dog tracking skills and waterfowl retrieving dog demonstrations will also be held throughout the day. Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department staff will man a simulated laser shot and a personal watercraft simulator.

This free event is geared toward elementary school children and their families. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided, and drawings for prizes will be held throughout the day.

For more information about Arndt, the Beau Arndt Foundation, or Beau Arndt Outdoor Appreciation Day, go online to or call Christine Arndt at 620-443-5626.