Money to go towards newly founded shooting club
Slope County 4H received $7,500 that will go towards their recently formed shooting sports club.
By COLE BENZ
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Slope County 4H received $7,500 that will go towards their recently formed shooting sports club. The money was donated to them through a program called More For Everyone.
The More For Everyone program is sponsored by InVigor canola hybrids from Bayer. The purpose of More For Everyone is to donate to local non-profit organizations across regions where canola is grown.
Coupled with the generous donations from around the area, the group met their goal of raising $10,000 and will allow them to purchase new equipment to help facilitate the club.
The initial fundraising was spearheaded by Janelle Fitterer, and area businesses to donate included Slope Electric, NextEra, and Slope County Farmers Fair Association.
The money will be used for 20 gauge shotguns, ammunition, a trap thrower, and archery equipment.
According to Slope County Extension Agent Shelby Hewson, this is the first time funds from More For Everyone have been awarded to a youth organization.
Fitterer and her husband Doug—local canola producers and parents of 4H kids—applied to the program, in hopes of landing some of the $50,000 the program donates each year.
The 4H club was notified by a representative from the organization, Mike Hilstrom, that they had been chosen. The money was presented during a reception at the Slope County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
The shooting sports club began this year, and though there are many areas of shooting disciplines available, the group will focus on archery and trap shooting.
Kids as young as eight can participate in the archery and kids as young as 11 years old can participate in the trap shooting. Each discipline has two divisions based on age, a junior division and senior division for trap shooting and beg and senior divisions for the archery discipline.
Hewson said the group holds practices on Wednesdays and that they can have up to 20 kids at practice. The state shooting competition begins on Aug. 12 and some of the kids will be participating.
She said the group has yet to begin archery practice, that will start this fall.
Certified instructors include Kyle Frank, Doug Fitterer, Kent Maershbecker, Dixie Schulz, and Dana Stuber.
Scott Bachmeier had been lending some of his equipment to the group until they had raised enough money to purchase some of their own.