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Tue., March 12, 2013, 7:37 a.m.

Fun shoot, boat safety featured at Palouse DU event

Hunters must know the species (mallards) and the sex (male above, female below) before shooting.
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)
Hunters must know the species (mallards) and the sex (male above, female below) before shooting. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

CONSERVATION -- A two-hour fun shoot plus demonstrations on boating safety, retriever handling and using decoys use demonstrations will be featured at a March 24 fund-raising event at the Colton Boosters Gun Club sponsored by the Palouse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

A duck calling lesson for kids also is planned.

The activities will start at 1:30 p.m. Porky’s Pit Barbeque of Pullman serve pulled pork and chicken at 4 p.m., followed by the Ducks Unlimited raffles and auctions.  The event will wrap up by 6 p.m. 

A 25-bird round of trap costs $2.50 for kids and $3.75 for adults; the youngsters will have their own shooting line and coaches.  Shooting will start by 2pm and end at 3:30pm.

“We are hoping to have some other outdoor demonstrations as well, perhaps bird-watching,  bow-hunting or fishing clubs will participate,” says DU District Chair Joe Ford.  “There’s a lot of ways to have fun outdoors, and DU projects benefit over 900 species of fish and wildlife.  It’s so much more than just ducks!”

After the guns go quiet at 3:30, the Greenwing kids will get a lesson in calling waterfowl, followed by a brief kids calling contest (calls are provided). There will also be a demonstration of hunting dog work.  

Adult beverages will be available from the Colton Boosters Club after the fun shoot.

Admission: $40 for a single adult, $70 per couple, and $30 for kids under 17.  

  • The price includes DU membership and a DU cap, as well as dinner.  Shooting fees are collected from participants by the gun club. 

Tickets will be available through the national DU website, or by calling (509) 288- 7013 or (541) 979-9025.

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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