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$50K grant supports 4-H field and stream

A $50,000 grant from the National Wild Turkey Federation is helping more Mississippi 4-Hers get involved in outdoor activities. Part of a $1 million national allocation to the 4-H Field and Stream Youth and Development Program, Mississippi’s 4-H program is receiving its portion in equal installments over 10 years. The state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is providing Mississippi’s funds, which they raise through their banquet program. Dean Stewart, Extension associate with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said the money is being used to purchase equipment for shooting ranges, targets, ammunition, archery backdrops, and firearms for counties to use. "The money will support both the county and state level 4-H shooting sports activities that we have," Stewart said. The youth development program is designed to introduce 4- Hers to shooting sports, wildlife and fisheries management, natural resources conservation, hunting, and fishing. "We introduce youths to these activities through county clubs where adult leaders trained in the various disciplines work with the kids, holding shooting events and wildlife competitions," Stewart said.

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