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Local 4H Hits Bull's-Eyes

October 16, 2015
Joseph T. Pelt - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

The focus of the local 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more.

Rugby has such a program that includes archery and air rifle instruction held at the Armory on Monday nights. According to Scott Kraft, a 4-H shooting instructor, participants initially start out shooting at bull's-eye targets but eventually they progress to shooting at 3-D targets that resemble deer and other wildlife found in North Dakota.

"We do different ranges from 10 yards, 20 yards and eventually 25 yards, and we try to teach them the characteristics of holding the bow the right way along with all the proper techniques," stated Kraft.

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Kraft continued, "The main purpose of the class is to teach the kids the proper way to shoot and make sure they are well versed in the safety of shooting. Safety is the number one thing we try to teach in the class"

The activities of the program and the support of all the caring adult leaders provide the young people who take advantage of this course in Rugby with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics. This is a class well worth looking into.



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