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'Youth Outdoor Field Day' Gets Kids Outside to Learn

August 08, 2017 09:55 AM

The 10th Annual Youth Outdoor Field Day is on Saturday, August 12. The free event aims to get youth, ages 8 -17, active and educated. Cody Privette with the United Northern Sportsmen's Club and Paul Pedersen with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association sat down to preview the event.

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"We want it to be educational and get the kids outside," Pedersen says.

He explains that this event teaches kids how to use outdoor equipment safely and properly. He also emphasizes the fact that the kids don't have to be a hunter to participate in this event. Parents who are non-hunters speak to him after a field day, with positive feedback about teaching kids these outdoor skills.

"This is a great chance for my son or daughter to get exposed to how to shoot a .22 or getting to shoot a deer rifle," he explained.

At the field day, participants will go through eight different stations throughout the day. The kids will be able to try quickdraw, shoot shotguns on the trap range, try their hand at archery,  see muzzleloader rifles, learn about trapping, and attend a tree stand seminar.

A local favorite in The Black River Bandits will be making an appearance. They'll be giving a laser shooting presentation. A trapping seminar will be given by "Trapper Joe," as well.

While it's not required to be a hunter, it is asked that each participant is accompanied by a parent.

"They can have fun with the kids...and learn right along with them," Privette explains.

The 10th Annual Youth Outdoor Field Day runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the United Northern Sportsmen's Club on Island Lake. It's hosted by the club along with the Lake Superior Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

To register, call Paul Pedersen at (218)-590-7716 or Cody Privette at (218)-260-2932. They ask that participants register by Wednesday, August 9. The event is free and limited to 80 participants.


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