Instill knowledge, build confidence, and the rest will come.
It’s the core of the Pheasants Forever Under the Wing Program. Capital City Sporting Clays, under the direction of Mark Sandness, provides the place east of Bismarck, ND, and volunteers provide instruction and mentorship to kids who want to learn to handle and shoot guns.
Tim Morrell, control room operator at Antelope Valley Station, and Dick Nordgren, an Antelope Valley Station retiree, volunteer as shooting instructors for kids. They join Sandness on Wednesday nights, May through August, to give kids an opportunity to shoot at clay targets, or “birds.” The targets are free, and guns are available if the child doesn’t have his or her own.
In July, Under the Wing was approved for a $5,000 donation from Basin Electric’s Charitable Giving Program. They plan to purchase more resources, including guns, that give more kids an opportunity to learn about gun safety and proper shooting techniques.
Watch the video to see Nordgren and Sandness work with two young shooters. Jace Reisenauer, son of Headquarters employee Chad Reisenauer, and first-time shooter Dani Miller, daughter of Robert Miller of Bismarck. Jace is in his second year participating in the program. Dani broke five “birds” in a row her first time out under the instruction of Nordgren.