Free shooting clinic for youth offered May 31

Area youth are invited to attend a free trap shooting, air rifle and archery shooting clinic Saturday, May 31, at the Marion Wildlife Area at Marion Reservoir?s French Creek Cove.

Sponsored by Marion County Quail Forever, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the ?Scott O?Dell Outdoor Youth Day? will provide participants an opportunity to enhance their safety skills through controlled live-fire instruction.

The event is open to anyone age 8 through 16. Partici?pants will be provided safety and shooting instruction by certified firearm and archery skills instructors. KDWPT will supply all gear and supplies, including shotguns, air rifles, shells, bows, arrows, targets and eye and ear protection through its ?Pass it On? and hunter education programs.

Participants need only a desire to learn some valuable techniques and have fun, according to organizers.

Preregistration is required. Students are not required to have completed a hunter education course, but prior completion is preferred.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the French Creek campground located one mile north of U.S. Highway 56 on Kanza Road and one mile east on 210th. Check-in and a free lunch provided by Quail Forever will be from noon to 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be distributed after lunch.

This event is part of KDWPT?s ?Pass It On? program, which is designed to increase the percentage of Kansans who hunt. To learn more about the event or to preregister for it contact Scott Amos, Marion Wildlife Area bio tech, at 620-732-3946.

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