Photo: Keith Henderson, Vice President of the Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters meets with Jim Hooper of 4-H Camp Bristol Hills to donate nine new Crosman Air Rifles to the Camp.

Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters has been supporting 4-H Camp Bristol Hills’ programs since 2014, when they sponsored several camperships as well as providing lumber to build wood duck boxes in the camp woodworking class. This year, the Duck Hunters are showing their support once again, sponsoring camperships and purchasing all new air rifles from Crosman Arms in Bloomfield, NY.

4-H Camp Bristol Hills has been offering an Air Rifle program since 2005, and over 120 campers participated in the program last summer. 4-H Camp Educator Jim Hooper, a certified Rifle Instructor, is delighted to be working with the Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters because the program at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills has been growing in recent years, and many campers have their first shooting experience at camp. “The new rifles are a break-barrel model which are easier to cock than traditional lever-action air rifles; an important consideration for our youngest campers” says Hooper. These rifles also come equipped with scopes, giving campers improved accuracy for a greater experience within the program. Bill Schwerd, Director of the NYS 4-H Shooting Sports program, says “across New York State there are over 13,000 youth who participate in regular shooting programs that involve a minimum of six hours. Another 20,000 youth sample the program at fairs, camps and other events, often with air rifles, laser shot simulators, and archery.” Within the 4-H Camping program, all nine 4-H Camps in New York offer some sort of shooting sports training.

The Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters originated in 1953. Its local membership committed itself to the enhancement of wildlife habitat and environmental study within the Finger Lakes Region. Over the years, the club’s mission has evolved to include the education and preservation of the waterfowl hunting heritage. The CLDH recognizes the benefits received from the Ontario County 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Paul Niedzielski, President of the CLDH said “we believe that our club’s support of 4-H Camp Bristol Hills will help provide our local kids the opportunity to safely learn and enjoy the various aspects of the shooting sports.”

4-H Camps allow children to learn and develop a sense of belongingness under the guidance and supervision of caring young adults. Last summer more than 1,000 children and teens in the Finger Lakes took a break from televisions and computers to spend a week outdoors, having fun with new friends, participating in outdoor recreational activities such as riflery, horseback riding, and ropes courses, and learning about the environment in classes such as camping, fishing, animal science, and much more at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills.

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