Hallie Lundquist, 12, (left) and Greta Weinkauf, 15, both of Duluth try the laser shooting exercise at the Youth Fall Outdoor Expo held Saturday at the Duluth Retriever Club. (Photo by Sam Cook)
About 85 boys and girls — along with their parents or mentors — too part in Saturday’s Youth Fall Outdoor Expo at the Duluth Retriever Club. They rotated through eight stations to learn about waterfowl hunting, trapping, wetland ecology, laser shooting, trapshooting, upland dogs, water dogs and archery.
The annual event is sponsored by the Duluth Izaak Walton League, the Duluth Retriever Club and several other organizations.
Hallie Lundquist, 12, and Greta Weinkauf, 15, were firing away with laser guns at simulated deer targets in a darkened tent along with Riki Lundquist, 15. Hallie said it was fun — and tested her skills.
“It was intense,” Hallie said. “Greta kept getting ‘em all.”
The day-long event was free, and a lunch was provided.
Here are some more photos from the event.
Instructor Bill Ulvi helps Alex Lundgren, 10, learn how to hold and shoot a .410-gauge shotgun at the Youth Fall Outdoor Expo on Saturday. (Photo by Sam Cook)
At the wetland ecology station, retired Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Rich Staffon explains why the mud found in a marsh is so rich and so valuable to wildlife such as waterfowl. (Photo by Sam Cook)
Mackenzie Domerchie, 12, steps on part of a leg-hold trap to help set it. The hands belong to Shawn Johnson, president of the Minnesota Trappers Association, who taught youth about trapping at the Youth Fall Outdoor Expo. Domerchie says she plans to do some trapping this fall. (Photo by Sam Cook)
Thor Jackson, 9, works with shooting instructor Kevon Fulton at the Youth Fall Outdoor Expo to learn the art of trapshooting. (Photo by Sam Cook)
Boys and girls lean in to check out the aquatic insect that Rich Staffon holds during the wetland ecology session at the Youth Fall Outdoor Clinic held Saturday at the Duluth Retriever Club. The youth had found the insect after dredging up soil and vegetation from a marsh. (Photo by Sam Cook)
Emma Amendola, 6, checks out the texture of a mounted duck’s feathers during a wetland ecology session at Saturday’s Youth Fall Outdoor Expo held at the Duluth Retriever Club. (Photo by Sam Cook)