Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

June 15, 2014

Md. gets shooting outreach grant

— ANNAPOLIS — The National Shooting Sports Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Heritage Service to help create a new Maryland Hunting and Shooting Sports Outreach Program to provide next-step assistance for novice hunters and shooters of all ages, helping them to feel comfortable engaging in these activities.

The program will be intended to provide a safe, fun opportunity for people to learn about shooting sports, hunting and the important role sportsmen play in the conservation and stewardship of Maryland’s wildlife.

DNR hunting and wildlife experts, in partnership with public shooting ranges and other appropriate venues, will host a series of hands-on mini workshops to give participants the knowledge and confidence to pursue these interests.  

DNR is in the initial planning stages and expects to start offering these workshops to the public this summer.

The department is currently seeking partnerships to help reach this goal.

Maryland shooting venues and sportsmen’s groups looking to participate, as well as those seeking more information may contact Patricia Handy at patricia.handy@maryland.gov or 410-260-8537.

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