Casts and Blasts

youth outdoor bass fishing

Bass casting practice

The 16th Annual Youth Outdoor Festival is underway today at the Hays City Sportsman’s Club north of Hays.

youth outdoor clay pigeons

Shooting clay pigeons

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Bow hunting

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism along with Hays area conservation groups and businesses are sponsoring free target shooting and outdoor activities for youth 17 and under.

Youth can try trap shooting, skeet shooting, archery, air rifle/BB guns, muzzleloaders, small bore rifles, computerized laser shot target shooting, and even paintball target shooting. There is also a B.A.S.S. casting competition and furharvesting demonstrations.

Equipment, targets and ammunition is provided free of charge. Pheasants Forever and Eagle Communications are providing a free lunch.

Activities continue until 3 o’clock this afternoon.

Orange balloon bullseye!

Orange balloon bullseye!

Fur harvesting

Fur harvesting