The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club have a good event for young hunters and would-be young hunters coming up Aug. 23. It’s a Youth Activities Day aimed at exposing kids to the handling and shooting of firearms and bows as well as some wildlife information. It’s free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club grounds, about a mile north and east of the Island Lake Bridge on the north side of Island Lake.
The Minnesota Legislature this year passed a measure allowing youths age 10 and 11 to hunt big game before attending firearms safety classes. This Youth Actitivities Day would be a good way to familiarize a young person with shooting safety. It is not a firearms safety class, however.
Kids will be able to shoot .22-caliber rimfire rifles, archery, trap and a laser-shooting simulation. Some larger-caliber rifles (.223, .243 and .308) may also be available for shooting, said Kevin Stern with the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
Participants must pre-register by Aug. 16. To do so, call Stern at 729-7496, Joe Roberts at 722-2711 or Jason Brickley at 525-7660.