Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Mitchell County is excited to announce a new discipline in our Safety in Shooting Sports program. MaryJo Burkgren recently completed certification for muzzleloader instruction at the Iowa 4-H Centerand will be our instructor for the 4-H muzzleloader program.
MaryJo is excited to share with youth how to safely handle and shoot a muzzleloader. She will be holding a “Muzzleloader Find Out” day on Sunday, May 5th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Mitchell County Conservation OutdoorRange located by the entrance to Spring Park. She will furnish all equipment and supplies that areneeded. Mitchell County youth ages 12 years old and up are invited to attend with aparent(s) to learn more about this project area. Please contact the Mitchell County Extension officeat 641-732-5574 to sign up by May 3rdso we can plan accordingly.
Ken Gerk and David Goodale also attended the 4-H Safety & Education in Shooting Sports training and were certified in the Shot Gun discipline. They will be helping MaryJo at the Trap Range this summer withthe 4-H shotgun program which will be held on Friday evenings starting May 17th. The program is for youth ages 11 years and older. Youth need their Hunters Education certificate to participate in this program. There will be a Hunters Education class offered for youth who want to participate but do not have their certificate yet on Sat.,May 11th. Those interested in participating in the 4-H shooting sports program and/or taking the Hunters Ed class can contact the Extension office to sign up.
4-H uses shooting sports to teach positive youth development, self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem, and sportsmanship. The 4-H program providesa positive experience for youth and promotes a safe and ethical use of firearms.
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