By Lars Dalseide | July 1 2011 08:38

Old Appleton, Missouri - Thanks to Morris Aguilar from NRA's Hunter Services Department for this report on another Mid-America Expansion Project Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) event. This time, Moe and the crew made their way to Old Appleton, Missouri to take part in this outing.

Missouri Department of Conservation range hosted their first Mid-America Expansion Project Youth Hunter Education Challenge at the Apple Creek Trap and Skeet club on June 25, 2011. Alice Ireland, Event Director, her husband Charles and several volunteers did a wonderful job making this event a huge success by providing a shotgun event and a wildlife identification event. All of the twelve participants received instructions on clay target shooting and had practice sessions on station 7 of the skeet field prior to taking on the trap field.

Alice and Charles (as well as all the other volunteers) enjoy working with youngsters in the hunting and shooting sports. Charles Ireland stated it is such a pleasure to watch a new shooter hit his or her first clay target. It is also great to see we can get the kids outside, away from the TV games and into the shooting sports and to show them how much fun shooting sports can be while instilling firearm safety as the same time.

"To see the excitement on their faces," reflected Charles. "Boy, that makes it all worth it."

It's great to see we can still get the kids outside, away from the TV games and excited about participating in the shooting sports. The real key is to show them how much fun the shooting sports can be while instilling firearm safety as the same time. That's all part of what we're doing here at the NRA with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

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