Area Youth Participate in Gun and Hunter Safety Classes 

 More than 30 youth from the area attended a hunter/ gun safety class sponsored by Nebraska Game and Parks at Kearney County Fairgrounds last week. The course was followed by a trapshooting and pheasant hunt experience on Saturday, October 22. 

Youth from Minden, Axtell, Lawrence, Fairfield, Grand Island, and Campbell participated in the gun safety class. Knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer instructors provided instruction in the areas of safe firearm use, shooting and sighting techniques, hunter ethics, game identification, and conservation management. 

Hunter safety class was also incorporated into the four session class. This provided instruction in the areas of tree stand safety, shoot/don’t shoot and equipment safety for both archery hunters as well as firearm hunters. 

Once the participants completed the required hours of instruction and passed their gun and hunter safety tests, they were able to take part in a hands-on experience at the Minden Gun Club and in the field. Volunteers Delvin Schmidt, Dr. Chris Birkestrand, and others, led the classroom instruction before rotating students between trapshooting at Minden Gun Club and going on a pheasant hunt on Saturday.