This event has grown every year and the kids have a great time. Everything is donated–shells, birds, door prizes, food, and many more items. Volunteers help on the day of the event by supervising and teaching our participating young sportsmen and sportswomen.
Jim Tank, organizer, thanked the SCI Badgerland Chapter for its support and donations over the past several years. It is organizations like SCI Badgerland Chapter that make a difference in the lives of kids and young adults. The Don Heding Memorial Youth Shoot is held annually on the third Saturday of July.
If you are interested in donating to this event, please contact SCI Badgerland Chapter and ask how to contact Jim Tank. Jim, thanks for your generosity to our future hunters.– Alan Heth
The Pantry Coordinator expressed his appreciation in the following letter.
SCI, Badgerland Chapter
c/o Steve Scheel
Thank you and the rest of your Chapter members for your recent successful food drive for the Marshall/Waterloo Food Pantry. The food your organization donated will help address the needs of people who may be less fortunate than some of us. While there is always an ongoing need for food to meet our client’s needs, this increases during the summer months as families strive to meet the demands for their children to replace the school lunch programs. Your food will help the pantry address these needs. It’s exciting to know that you and your Chapter put forth this effort to collect food for other people. I want to express my thanks and that of the pantry board for your contribution to the panty.
As good “Sportspersons Against Hunger,” Badgerland Chapter had a food drive at its June 2012 Sporting Clays shoot and picnic. Several hundred needy families received the donations. Members also donated cash to “Second Harvest,” a food bank.–Alan Heth
Chapter Director Dennis Smithback of Smitty’s Guns, found six Marlin .22-cal. bolt actions and four Mossberg .22cal semi autos that the Chapter purchased at cost. DNR will use them with other guns, including other actions, to make four kits with shotguns and rifles. The four kits will all be placed in black plastic rolling guns cases like the ones in the photo. We selected .22-cal. rifles because the instructors have to pay for the ammo. Instructors can sign out the kits from the DNR Fitchburg office for use in Wisconsin classes.
In 2011, we donated several other long guns and plan to continue working with DNR. We encourage others to participate with us. You can also donate guns to the DNR or Badgerland for this program. Either way, you can get a tax deduction for your donation.
In addition to these rifles, the Chapter also donated $2,100 that was presented to seven different Hunter Safety Education groups to cover non-reimbursed expenses. The funds will be used to purchase two new projector screens for class instruction.
SCI Badgerland is proud to have given the Fall 2012 Wisconsin Hunter Safety classes a great boost. Many of the youngsters taking these classes will be the future hunters traveling the world on safaris. Thanks to all the volunteers.– Alan Heth, Chapter President