Hunters association sets youth event
The Pioneer Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association will hold its annual youth shotgun and archery skills day on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Canby Rod & Gun Club.
The OHA's youth days offer kids a chance to sharpen their outdoor skills and learn new ones. Youths participating in the shooting activities are required to attend a safety orientation at the event.
"OHA's youth events are aimed at introducing young people to the outdoors and teaching outdoor skills," said Duane Dungannon, state coordinator for the Oregon Hunters Association. "It's an annual opportunity to reach beyond the chapter membership and invite members of the community who might have an interest in hunting and the outdoors to come mingle with some friendly folks who can help them get started."
Firearms, shells, eye and hearing protection are provided.
Hamburger and hot dog lunch is included with the $10 registration. Pre-registration is required, and a parent or legal guardian must attend. Lunch is available for those accompanying youths for $5.
"Sometimes parents who don't have a background in hunting may have children with an interest in it, but they need help to spark and nurture that interest, so this is a chance for them to do that," said Dungannon. "There's a big emphasis on safety at OHA youth events, from firearm handling to eye and hearing protection."
The OHA (oregonhunters.org) is the state's largest Oregon-based pro-hunting organization, with 10,000 members and 26 chapters statewide. Its mission is "protecting Oregon's wildlife, habitat and hunting heritage."