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Children take their pick of outdoor sports to try in Marshfield

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- Children in Marshfield got a taste Saturday of what it's like to be real men and women of the outdoors.

For the 25th year, the Ruffed Grouse Society put on their Youth Education Day.

From fly fishing to archery and trapping, the children had a chance to try it all first hand with their families.

"We've been doing this for probably 15 years," said Melissa Stoflet of Arpin. "We've been coming with our kids, they're grown, and now we brought our nephews."

Youth Education Day gives children exposure to several activities and sports.

"We have all the wildlife organizations here represented and hopefully the kids get to see different aspects of the outdoors and align with one of the groups," said Rich Chronquist of the Ruffed Grouse Society.

There was a lot the young outdoors enthusiasts could choose from.

"We have archery, we have a little hunter's education, and then we let kids shoot sporting clays and .22's, BB guns, pellet guns. A little bit of everything," Chronquist said.

With supervision every step of the way, parents say this was a good opportunity for children to learn shooting skills.

"They're always making sure they have their eyewear on, their ears, knowing how important that is not just here, but when they go home to continue that," Stoflet said.

Many of the adults hunt and fish themselves, and they say it's a passion they want to pass down to the next generation.

"If we don't teach our children, it will die out and we need to keep this going to preserve our nature and our animals," said Stoflet.

Organizers say it goes even deeper than just having some fun.

"They're the future as far as wildlife goes and just to see that we're not just hunters, we're conservationists," said Chronquist. "We give back to Mother Nature."

Organizers say after seeing such a big turnout, they're confident the future of the outdoors in central Wisconsin is in good hands.

Every child had to take a gun safety class before being allowed to handle any weapons.
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