4-H offers shooting-safety classes

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Allen County 4-H will offer air rifle and .22-rifle training through the winter 2018 shooting sports program.

The air rifle program will begin Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hoagland Pavilion. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants in Grades 3-12. The cost is $40. Equipment will be provided. To participate, call (260) 481-6826 or visit extension.purdue.edu/allen to download a registration form. Payment and registration are due by Dec. 29, with enrollment in the program on a first-come, first-paid basis. Participants will meet 10 times from Jan. 9-March 13, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The .22-rifle program will begin Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, Fort Wayne. All meetings will be held at the Concordia shooting range. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants with a minimum of 15 in Grades 4-12. The cost is $50. Equipment will be provided. To participate, call (260) 481-6826 or visit extension.purdue.edu/allen to download a registration form. Payment and registration are due by Dec. 29, with enrollment on a first-come, first-paid basis. Classes will be held on 10 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 10- March 14.

Both programs teach safe handling of firearms, proper use of equipment, shooting techniques and ethics of good shooters. Instructors are certified through the Indiana 4‑H Shooting Sports Program of Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. For more information, call Barb Thuma, Extension educator, 4-H Youth, Allen County Extension Office, at (260) 481-6826.

The Extension Service also plans a muzzleloading program in April and May, an archery program in May and June, and air pistol, shotgun and .22-rifle programs in fall 2018.

Allen County 4-H Clubs also will host a free, state-approved Hunter Education Class in January. The class will be held at the Purdue Extension-Allen County Office on Jan. 6 and 13. Participants must attend both sessions, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both Saturdays.

The class is taught by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and is open to youth and adults. Anyone age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, is required to be certified in hunter education before they can purchase a hunting license. To register, go to www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/4812.htm.

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