Join the NWTF Southwest Metro on their 2nd Annual WITO Event. Enjoy a day of Shooting, Archery, Trap, 22 Rifles, Hand Gun, and Tactical Rifles.
We had 650 kids shoot the range at granite city days and we got 80 new jakes too. The event sponsored by nwtf Stearns county thunder
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton addresses the crowd at the opening ceremonies of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's 2014 championship in Alexandria on Friday morning. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday helped open what is billed as the world's largest youth trap shooting event.
The governor was in Alexandria to take part in the opening ceremonies of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League's 2014 championship.
A total of 3,948 high school athletes were registered to shoot over the course of five days. Upwards of 15,000 people are expected at the local park during that time, and it got started with the governor addressing the Class A competitors and spectators on a perfect morning weather-wise for shooting.
"It's the fastest-growing high school sport in Minnesota -- over 6,100 participants," Dayton said. "It's just grown exponentially from when it started. Look at it here, 8 in the morning, and this place is just filled with parents and coaches and kids who are learning something they can do for the rest of their life and do responsibly."
Dayton and the Legislature recently approved more than $2 million in trap shooting sports facility cost-share grants. That will go toward developing or rehabilitating public facilities that provide opportunities for trap shooting across the state.
Just got back from helping with the NWTF BB gun range and booth at the State high school league shoot in Alexandria. I'm so glad the NWTF got in on the ground floor and are platinum sponsors of this event. Imagine this, a state high school league sanctioned event where nearly 4000 high school students compete with firearms! The largest trap shooting event in the WORLD, and growing!
Largest youth shooting event in the world! The Minnesota High School Clay Target Championship in Alexandria, MN! NWTF proud Platinum Sponsor!
The NWTF partnered with the Three River's Park District over Easter weekend to take several first-time youth turkey hunters out on their properties in and around Baker Park Reserve - Near Wilderness Settlement. It was an amazing hunt coordinated by Ryan Barth in conjunction with NWTF volunteers from Twin Toms (Dale Eggert and Ron Becker) and West Metro (Paul Hecht) Chapters! Other mentors were volunteers connected to the Park - Chad, Jamie, and Adam Sievert! Pictured below is Adam and his young hunter Blake! Truly rewarding experience by all involved! Thanks for the special opportunity Three Rivers Park District!
— with Paul Hecht and 3 others at Three Rivers Park District - Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement.
The 2014 NWTF/DNR Youth Mentor Turkey Hunt was another huge success. State Save the Hunt Coordinator Keith Carlson says that reports coming in from all over the State are very positive! Most kids had the experience of a lifetime on their first turkey hunt! Almost close to 40% of the youth actually tagging a turkey! Many others having shots, hearing, seeing, and getting close! This year's hunt had close to 200 youth that went out with a parent/guardian and NWTF mentor! The hunt was moved back to season C due to Easter Weekend being during the Season A weekend. One exception was the Baker Park Reserve Hunt that was actually conducted on Friday and Saturday of Easter Weekend near Maple Plain MN! Thank you to all involved! And thank you to the John Larsen Foundation for the support in the form of the box calls for all youth and special cap for Mentors!
NWTF-Minnesota shared Keith Carlson's status.
Save the Hunt Coordinator Keith Carlson and Struttin' Toms Committee Member Steve Peters had a very good fist day in Kansas yesterday!!! Congrats guys! Thanks for all you do to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt!
Really Grand day turkey hunting in Kansas on day one at Paradise Adventures Outfitters with Steve Peters. I started the morning out with shooting a nice Rio Grande Gobbler at 6:30am than Steve shot a nice Rio Grande Gobbler at 1:30pm.
Congrats to Carrie Graf, a participant in the Women's Mentored Turkey Hunt coordinated by the NWTF this weekend in partnership with the MN DNR! Carrie was taken out and shown the ropes by Dan Hanson of Detroit Lakes!
Save the Date - CAMO RIDE - June 21st!!! Benefit Ride for the MN Wheelin' Sportsman Program - supporting Veteran's Turkey Hunts and Turkey Hunts for terminally ill children! Run begins at Flipside Bar and drawing for the HD Breakout Motorcycle at Faribault HD at around 2:00 PM! This ride is open to classic cars and trucks too! I will be driving my Corvette since I don't have a motorcycle! If you wear camo and you have a bike, car, or truck, I encourage you to join us!