Up North: Youth Have a Field Day Learning About Outdoor Sports

Chelsie Brown
August 16, 2017 10:57 PM

Consisting of eight stations, and 80 kids, the Annual Youth Outdoor Field Day at the United Northern Sportsmen's Club aims to teach kids safety as well as how fun it can be to get behind a gun.

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"We've had kids' parents call and say, well my kids have never done this before. Is this a good fit for them? Absolutely, we've got plenty of volunteers who can show them how to do things safely and the right way, so that when it comes time to go out in the field and go hunting, they're going to do it the right way," said Co-Chair of the Youth Outdoor Field Day Cody Privette.

Kids got to experience plenty when it came to shooting a gun. From trap shooting, to a black powder rifle, centerfire rifle, and 22 rimfire rifle, it was a first and a favorite for many.

"I have never shot a center rifle so I think that's probably my favorite," said ten-year-old Evan Senst.

Beyond the kickback and adrenaline rush some experienced when firing their first rifle, one station was climbing and situating into a deer stand for when they take their gun skills to the field. Archery and a trapping seminar was also part of the curriculum.

Sixteen-year-old Angelina Dodge has been coming to the event since it began 10 years ago. On top of coming back each year, she's taken the skills she's learned and tested them out with her dad.

"We'll go deer hunting or sometimes we'll shoot my 22 for target practice, it's lots of fun," said Dodge.

The Outdoor Youth Day ranges from kids ages 8-17. The 10th Annual Youth Outdoor Field Day was hosted by the United Northern Sportsmen's Club and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.


Chelsie Brown

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