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Getting youth into the outdoors

Gobblers of Glacial Ridge members Ron Stoen (left) and Dean Peterson (right) pose for a photo with Reece Larson of Benson after Reece was the winner of a .410 shotgun at a recent 2013 Youth Field Day. (Contributed)

The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Gobblers of Glacial Ridge, donated to a couple events designed to get more youth into the outdoors recently.

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The Minnesota State Chapter of the NWTF gave a $5,000 donation to the Minnesota 4-H shooting sports program this past fall. The donation was presented at the annual state 4-H trap shoot and wildlife conservation event held at the Alexandria Shooting Park in September.

“The 4-H shooting sports program is a great program that works well with the goals of the NWTF’s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship) program,” Gobblers of Glacial Ridge president Dean Peterson said. “The JAKES program is dedicated to educating our youth, getting them involved with wildlife conservation and informing them on the wise use and stewardship of our natural resources.”

The Gobblers of Glacial Ridge, along with local chapters of Ducks Unlimited and Pope County Pheasants Restoration also sponsored a 2013 Youth Field Day this fall where participants had the opportunity to learn and take part in a variety of outdoor activities.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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