The Bemidji chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has purchased two rifles for smaller youth shooters.
The firearms were presented at the final meeting of a recent Youth/Adult Firearms Safety Class.
The Bemidji chapter of the MDHA, along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, sponsored the class, held at Northern Town Hall. Thirty-two youth and two adults participated. Howie Schultz was the lead instructor; assistant instructors were Al Lidstrom, Michael Ellis, Curt Lunquist and Eric Enquist. The class met on five Wednesday evening with a Range Day held on the Saturday after the fifth class, in which the final written test was given.
The class fee of $7.50 usually covers basic needs, along with items received from the DNR, but because some of the firearms were too long or too heavy for smaller youth, two smaller .22-caliber rifles were needed, one for right-hand shooters and one for left-hand shooters.
The Bemidji chapter of the MDHA purchased the rifles and cases from Bluewater Outdoors in Bemidji.