Youth Day

Yesterday, my family and I attended the 11th Annual Youth Day held at the John Narum Memorial Trap & Rifle Range near Silver Lake.  The event drew about 190 youth and their families from throughout the area.  Activities included trap shooting, archery, BB gun, 22 rifles and casting with rod & reel (into small swimming pools) and a coin scramble.  This was the first time we attended and we were all extremely impressed with the event and the size of the crowd.  The three hours flew by quickly and wrapped up with an impressive raffle of about 45 door prizes of hunting vests, decoys, bow sets, rifles, shotguns and BB guns and other items.  All the winners were full of smiles.  That included my son who won a 12 gauge shotgun that weighs considerably more than he does.  He is now looking forward to growing up so he can use that gun.  This annual event is sponsored by the Rutland Sportsman’s Club, Sargent County Pheasants Forever, and the Windy Mound Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Many “thank you’s” are in order from my son and I’m sure from all the other proud winners.  Congratulations to all the winners and a Big Thank You to everyone involved in helping with this event — which I understand is the largest youth event of its kind in the Upper Midwest.

Free Fishing!

June 7th and 8th are free fishing days for all North Dakota residents. That’s the weekend for Dad and the kids to get out there and enjoy the sport.  How about nearby Silver Lake?? Sorry Dads (or should I say Moms!), it’s not Father’s Day weekend this year. Non-residents are required to have a North Dakota fishing license.

Boats are required to have current registration and numbering, personal flotation devices (one per person), a throwable for boats larger that 16 feet, fire extinguisher for boats having permanently installed tanks or enclosed flammable storage, and an audible whistle for boats larger that 16 feet.

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