Youths test their skills at Ikes, PF event

Hamilton County Pheasants Forever and the Boone Valley Izaak Walton League recently invited local children and teenagers to enjoy a summer evening of shooting and grilling.

People from across the county came to the fifth annual shooting event for youth to participate in a variety of activities. Groups of young people gathered to test their skill in trap shooting. Others took to shooting rifles on the range. Several younger children joined them on the range with pellet rifles.

The event also gave attending youth a chance to practice archery. Organizers partnered with the local Border Brigade Archery Club which brought bows, arrows and targets. Club President Todd Hauge and his son, Alex, were the first two to take a few shots at the targets at the event on July 30. Alex Hauge said one reason he enjoys archery is because it’s something he can do with his dad. Todd Hauge agreed.

“It’s a great way to get kids outdoors,” Todd Hauge said.

Early at the event, visitors enjoyed grilled meals under a recently constructed patio on the club grounds. As activities wrapped up, the groups held a raffle. Each child and young adult received a prize of a hat, knife, or range target. John Maubach, whose name was drawn first, won a gun.

The Boone Valley Izaak Walton League will invite the public to the grounds again on Sept. 13 and 14 for their 52nd Annual Field Days. Events begin at 9 a.m. each day, rain or shine. Activities include trapshooting, 22 rifle and 22 handgun sportsman challenge, an open cowboy town, fun games and more. A raffle will also be held.