The free event is open to young people 18 years of age or younger. "We'll supply the rifles, ammunition, targets, supervision, and eye and ear protection," says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "Beginning at 9:30 a.m., groups of 10 youths will be allowed to shoot at one-hour intervals."
Stettler says many young people have wondered if the shooting sports are something they'd enjoy doing, but they've never had a chance to find out. "This is especially true if there isn't a firearm in their home," he says.
Stettler encourages parents to bring their kids to the event. "If the shooting sports end up being something your child enjoys doing," he says, "you can sign your son or daughter up for a Hunter Education class where they can learn about firearm safety before the fall hunts begin."
The May 11 event is free. But to participate, you need to pre-register. To pre-register, or for more information, call Stettler at 435-613-3707 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.