KINGSFORD - Ninety-one youngsters from the Dickinson County area participated in a five-day hunter safety course sponsored by U.P. Whitetails of Dickinson County.
Four days of classroom instruction preceded a field day at United Sportsmen Inc. of Merriman.
Classroom instruction was provided by volunteers from U.P. Whitetails of Dickinson County. Dave Sgrecci was the lead instructor, assisted by Dave Farragh, Randy Trudgeon and Tony Demboski.
Classes were held at the Kingsford Middle School, providing all participants with breakfast and lunch free of charge, thanks to a summer meals program at Breitung Township Schools.
United Sportsmen donated its facilities for the field day and members volunteered and offered instructions in trap shooting with shot guns, .22 rifle target practice, and bow and arrow target practice. The youth also attended a trapping seminar put on by the U.P. Trappers Association.
Bink's Coca-Cola donated soda for the lunch that was provided to the approximate 176 youth and parents that attended the field day. Lunch was provided compliments of U.P. Whitetails and prepared by United Sportsmen volunteers.
The Michigan Hunter's Safety Program is free of charge and all costs incurred are picked up by U.P. Whitetails of Dickinson County. The program is offered once a year.
Upon completion of the course, John Grier of Whispering Pines Outpost donates each youth their first DNR Sportcard and small game license.