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Program Teaching Kids to Hunt

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If you’ve ever wanted to introduce your son or daughter to hunting, but aren’t sure where to start, there’s a perfect program for you. It’s called “The Wetlands and Wings Youth Outdoor Program” and it’s completely free of charge

The two day, weekend workshop takes place at the Stillwater Refuge in  Fallon, and is open to kids ages 10-17. They will  learn everything they need to know about how to hunt for Upland game birds and waterfowl.

Not to worry, though - before the kids get a chance to do any shooting, they have to do whole lot of gun safety training. That’s something that puts mom Gayle Webb, herself  a hunter, at ease. “They go over the actual guns that they use and have them hold it correctly and they don't proceed until they actually know how to handle the gun safely” says Gayle.

Wetlands and Wings co-founder Steve Sawyer explains further; “We supply the guns for them, we fit ‘em to them will teach them how to shoot. Most of these kids have never picked up a gun in their lives”

And that's a big part of the mission for Wetlands and Wings.  The program wants to expose children who wouldn't otherwise have a chance,  to the great outdoors. Many of the young students who participate ask to return for more classes.  11 year old Colby Webb has taken the workshop twice “It was really fun and most kids I knew there were really stoked and hadn't done it before” 14 years old Kenna Hamlin agrees, even if she’s usually outnumbered  by boy participants; “Learning about the different kinds of birds and what to do and how to do it correctly”

Sawyer says you don’t need any experience to get involved; “We give them the ammo we give them closing everything we could think of to keep them out in the wild”

There is absolutely no charge to the children and families. The Wetlands and Wings program organizers are able to do offer these free workshops because of the sponsorships, grants and donations they receive.

Mom Gayle loves the program “It's been great with my kids I was actually impressed the girls showed up this time which was really nice because usually it's a boy thing” Kenna says she’d love to see more girls at the classes; “Well you just have to get out there and do it because most of the time,  the guys don't know what to really doing so you can just kind of blend in and learn together”

The program is now accepting applications for the Fall Workshop and Hunt that will be held in early November.

For more information, call

Steve Sawyer at 775/217-5098 or Susan Sawyer at 775/423-5128 ext 228

Or online at:

http://friendsofstillwaternwr.org/p/wetlands-and-wings.html

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