The Adirondack Chapter of Safari Club International is sponsoring Otego Youth Day today. A variety of outdoor activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Otego Rod and Gun Club. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
The day starts with a laser rifle target shoot, use of crossbow and compound bow and air rifle shooting, overseen by state safety instructors. There will also be a fishing clinic and turkey calling. There is a noon break for a free lunch provided by Steiner’s Packing Company.
The afternoon will include a demonstration by a state Department of Environmental Conservation canine.
The day is an effort to get youth involved in outdoor activities, local Safari Club board member Kurt Carman said Friday. He is also president of the Otego Rod and Gun Club and a state hunter safety instructor. “We are all working together” in this all-volunteer effort.
Safari Club International is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide, according to the organization’s website. Since 2000 it has spent $140 million through policy advocacy, litigation and education for federal and state legislators to ensure hunting is protected for future generations.