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Area kids learn firearm safety, marksmanship

Brock Hammer, left, and Jake Ball shoot at targets with .22-caliber rifles during a five-hour event sanctioned by the Southern Gateway Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association on Oct. 19. Kids at the event also shot clay pigeons with .20- and .12-guage shotguns. — Submitted

Brock Hammer, left, and Jake Ball shoot at targets with .22-caliber rifles during a five-hour event sanctioned by the Southern Gateway Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association on Oct. 19. Kids at the event also shot clay pigeons with .20- and .12-gauge shotguns. — Submitted

Bob Ball, the Southern Gateway Chapter president of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association poses with his students ages 8 to 16 after a five-hour event to teach firearm safety, marksmanship and animal-tracking skills. Students were treated to venison, hot dogs, chips and soda at the conclusion of the event. — Submitted

Bob Ball, the Southern Gateway Chapter president of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association poses with his students ages 8 to 16 after a five-hour event to teach firearm safety, marksmanship and animal-tracking skills. Students were treated to venison, hot dogs, chips and soda at the conclusion of the event. — Submitted

Bob Ball, the Southern Gateway Chapter president of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association, instructed students how to tie a knot on Oct. 19. — Submitted

Bob Ball, the Southern Gateway Chapter president of the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association, instructed students how to tie a knot on Oct. 19. — Submitted

Ethan Ball aims a hunting bow at a 3-D target supplied by the Full Draw Archery Club during an event sanctioned by the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association on Oct. 19. Archery was one of several learning stations for the kids. — Submitted

Ethan Ball aims a hunting bow at a 3-D target supplied by the Full Draw Archery Club during an event sanctioned by the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association on Oct. 19. Archery was one of several learning stations for the kids. — Submitted