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4-Hers learn shotgun techniques

CHESTERTOWN - Nine area youths, members of Warren County 4-H, attended a two-day 4-H Shotgun program held recently at the Chestertown Conservation Club.

The event was a success thanks to the support of volunteer instructors, helpful parents, and a grant from the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, according to John Bowe of Warren County Cooperative Extension.

The first day's session was dedicated to basic shotgun information such as action types, basic firearms parts, and the fundamentals of safety, Bowe said. Instructors brought examples of semi-automatic, slide/pump action, lever action, break action, and bolt-action guns. Each type has preferred uses such as hunting upland birds or geese. Instructors included Kenyon Simpson of Bolton Landing, Gary Roberts of Chestertown, and George Gedney of Queensbury.

The second session was held on a range. The range is closed and closely controlled, Bowe said. Each participant was handed an unloaded firearm with the safety features activated, then sent to the firing line through a security gate. Instructors controlled ammunition and only provided it when shooters were at the shooting station and had followed required procedures. Eventually, the youths shot at moving clay targets.

Much of the equipment was provided by the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance grants. All participants must be registered 4-H members to participate. The $5 fee for non-members includes a membership in Warren County 4-H and the program will likely have air rifle, rifle, and archery programs planned for the fall and winter.

For details about the 4-H Shooting Sports program, call 623-3291 or 668-4881 and ask for John Bowe.

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