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Perham Sportsman's Club looking for help with gun safety classes

Those passionate about safe hunting and educating young hunters are needed in Perham.

The Perham Sportsman's Club is looking for gun safety instructor assistants.

The club was contacted by the state Department of Natural Resources, which is hoping to institute a new way of doing gun safety courses.

Instead of having up to 30 kids with one instructor, the DNR hopes to have locals take a class to become certified to assist instructors.

"We want kids to have real-life experiences," according to Frank Vorderbruggen with the Perham club. "Things like how to properly cross a fence, get into a deer stand and approach a house and ask for permission to hunt."

By becoming an instructor facilitator, community members would be able to work with the kids to teach them these things, Vorderbruggen said.

Those interested in becoming a facilitator may contact the club. The club is hoping for one instructor for every three students.

The club remains busy since opening a new rifle range last fall. The club had an exhibit at the Perham Area Trade Show where kids had a chance to shoot at a target with a bow and arrow. It also sponsored a fishing contest that about 80 people participated in at Little Pine Lake during Freeze Fest in February.

There are a few ongoing and upcoming activities the club facilitates. The Sportsman's Club's archery league meets every Wednesday at Whiskey River. For those that miss a Wednesday, the club is renting a turkey barn and has set up targets for members to shoot.

In March, the club will be holding a fish fry at the Perham Memorial Nursing Home. Also later this spring will be an advanced pistol-handling class with instructor Brian Nelson. More details will be released later in the year. Nelson also offers permit to carry classes with a discount for club members.

Later this summer, the club will release 8,400 pheasants in the area July 4-10. The second annual Battle of the Pines fishing tournament will be held June 10-11. Anglers will fish both Little and Big Pine Lakes in Perham during the release tournament.

But now is the time to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three Weatherby rifles. Tickets are now on sale at Gene's Sport Shop in Perham or from any club member for $10 each. There are about 400 tickets left, according to Vorderbruggen.

The three rifles, valued at $5,000, are on display at the sport shop. The first prize gun is a 240 Weatherby Ultralight; second is a 257 Weatherby Mark V; and third is a 270 Weatherby Mark V.

The drawings for the rifles will be held at The Cactus in Perham on May 12 at the club's third annual fish fry to kick off fishing season.

For more information on the Sportsman's Club, contact Craig Swanson at 218-347-7929 or Vorderbruggen at 218-849-2701.