Swift Cur­rent Trap Club hosts a shoot for youth

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - News - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

The Swift Cur­rent Trap Club hosted a spe­cial event for youth to give them an opportunit­y to get fa­mil­iar with us­ing a shot­gun and to learn more about the club.

Three youth and their dads at­tended the event on May 29, which included a bar­be­cue hosted by the club.

All six guests participat­ed in the shoot, and they were able to test their abil­ity to hit clay tar­gets on the shoot­ing range.

This was the first time the Swift Cur­rent Trap Club hosted a youth event, and the club is hop­ing to do it again. Club mem­ber Dar­rell Wiebe said the event was a suc­cess.

“We had to see how much in­ter­est we’ll have,” he mentioned. “We didn’t know how much help we would need or how long it would take. ... We had enough guys that you could pretty much have one per­son with each new shooter, and they get in­tro­duced to the club and hope­fully they like it.”

The youth who at­tended the shoot re­cently com­pleted a hunter safety course of­fered by the Saskatchew­an Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion. Wiebe made a pre­sen­ta­tion at one of the classes in March, and there was a sign-up sheet for those who were in­ter­ested in a shoot at the Swift Cur­rent Trap Club.

“It’s al­ready peo­ple that are in­ter­ested in firearms, they’ve just fin­ished a hunter safety course, and they go through gun safety and how to safely han­dle a firearm as well as any hunt­ing laws,” he said. “It’s some­thing we want to try and get out to these younger kids.”

Nine stu­dents from the hunter safety course ac­tu­ally signed up, but only three were able to make it to this shoot. The club will pro­vide fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­tro­duce youth and their par­ents to the club, and their in­ten­tion is also to ap­proach dif­fer­ent youth clubs.

Sasha Hunt of the Swift Cur­rent Trap Club talks to 14-year-old Ni­cole Clement while she prepares to fire at an­other clay tar­get on the shoot­ing range, May 29.

Swift Cur­rent Trap Club mem­ber Dar­rell Wiebe talks to 14-year-old Ni­cole Clement on the shoot­ing range, May 29.

Swift Cur­rent Trap Club mem­ber Dar­rell Wiebe watches while 12-year-old Austen Thick fires at a clay tar­get on the shoot­ing range, May 29.

Sasha Hunt of the Swift Cur­rent Trap Club helps 12-year-old Talon Tum­back to try out a shot­gun be­fore the start of the shoot, May 29.

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

Ge­orge Clement, who at­tended the shoot with his 14-year-old daugh­ter Ni­cole, shoots at a clay tar­get.

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