April 30, 2007
Howard Lake concludes gun safety training with field test and pizza
By Jennifer Gallus
Plenty of extra adult help, advice, and eyes were on hand April 19 as the Howard Lake gun safety class demonstrated their skills in the field.
After five weeks of classroom instruction, class participants completed a final field and written test to wrap up requirements for the exciting issuance of a gun safety permit.
The permit allows the individual the authority to pursue a big game license and the ability to hunt by themselves when they turn 14 years old.
About 30 individuals participated in the training, which is open to youth ages 12 to adult. The field test took place on private property just north of Howard Lake.
“The last day, they sight in their guns, we go over how to carry a gun, and make them climb over some fences and obstacles,” while instructors observe if they keep proper handling techniques in check, said Denny Decker of the Howard Lake Sportsmen’s Club.
“After the field test, we go back, take the written test, and have pizza,” Decker added.
The Howard Lake Sportsmen’s Club sponsors the training, run by volunteers. Decker coordinates the training, while the volunteer instructors are Ken Durdahl, Keith Luhman, Paul “Buck” Utne, and Glenn Hofer.