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Children First: Female students learning how to hunt


Getting girls to hunt. That's the goal of a program recently started in South Dakota.

"Women are interested in hunting, they're the fastest growing segment of the hunting population," said Keith Wintersteen, Hunting 101 program leader.
"Predominately it's been a male sport, it's really changing now." 

Wintersteen, with the Rapid City Outdoor Campus West, says his program to encourage hunting among the female population joins others across the country. "Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, some other states out west," said Wintersteen. "It's been met with a lot of successes. It's very intensive, yes, it's time consuming but it's so worth the effort." 

Vicki Bierwirth is a student from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She joins students like her, as well as other women in the program, to learn things like firearm safety, conservation, game-law, and how to hunt. "It's definitely something that women, that we should be more eager to do," said Bierwirth. "Kinda keep up with the men."

Five girls attended a Hunting 101 meeting at the Rapid City Trap and Skeet Club. Here the girls learned how to successfully hold a gun and explode a clay pigeon. The next class is all about the history of hunting and its importance to humankind, including survival and conservation. 

These classes are all leading up to hunting real game. "I know that after done hunting it will definitely be like a hoorah i did it! type thing," said Bierwirth.

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