County Pheasant Forever chapter hosting fun, education day for kids

The Anoka County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is inviting kids of all ages to participate in the 14th annual Youth Education and Fun Day at the Beaverbrook Tri-County Sportsman’s Club in Cedar, just north of Ham Lake, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.

Doors open at 10 a.m. but since the activities are set up on a station-to-station format, kids can drop into activities anytime during those five hours with no formal starting time.

The day give kids the opportunity to get outdoors and participate in activities that include trap shooting, firearm safety, archery, casting, pellet gun, game tracking and gun dog training demos.

Partnering with Anoka County Pheasants Forever is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, whose assortment of fur pelts and “Ducks on a Stick” exhibit gives kids a hands-on experience in wildlife identification. There will also be a display of live baby pheasant chicks.

The Minnesota Raptor Center demonstration will introduce kids to three to four raptors, including at least one eagle and one owl.

The event, usually held in September, was moved to an earlier date this year to accommodate more kids.

“We are excited about the change in date because we feel it works better for the kids and parents’ schedules and the weather is much more pleasant this time of year,” said John Newpower, Anoka County Pheasants Forever chapter president.

This event is free and also offers a free lunch to kids and adults. Adults are also admitted free when accompanying a child.

All hands-on firearm courses are conducted by FAS certified instructors. Kids of all ages will be given the opportunity to shoot and a FAS certificate is not required. Eye and ear protection is provided, but kids may also bring their own if they choose. All firearms will be provided and kids are asked not to bring their own.

From the Twin Cities, take Highway 65 north to Klondike Drive (first right after Viking Blvd.). Turn right on Klondike and go north to Palisade and turn left. Beaverbrook’s main gate is approximately 3/10 a mile.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Newpower at 651-983-5904 or jwnewps@gmail.com.

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