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Hey, Want to STEP OUTSIDE?

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakotans have six invitations to STEP OUTSIDEã this
summer. STEP OUTSIDEã is a national program of the National Shooting Sports
Foundation and is being introduced in South Dakota by the Department of
Game, Fish and Parks.

"These STEP OUTSIDEã events will offer hands-on instruction for newcomers in
shooting skills, hunting, archery and fishing," said Al Bahe, GFP hunter
education program coordinator. "Our approach is to make these family-based
activities and events something parents and children can share together."

The first event will be held June 11 in Huron, followed by July events in
Rapid City, Beresford and Pierre. Armour will host an event in August, with
Spearfish wrapping up the schedule in early September.

Bahe said the STEP OUTSIDEã events being planned wouldn't be possible
without local support and partners. "When we introduced this concept to the
volunteer instructors in the Hunter Safety And Firearms Education (HuntSAFE)
program, several individuals immediately expressed interest in hosting an
event in their area," he said. "That kind of local enthusiasm and
partnership is exactly what we hoped to see to make STEP OUTSIDEã a
community event."

Registration at some events is limited, so Bahe encourages participants to
call now for registration details and to get signed up. "This will be
another step in building on South Dakota's outdoor heritage," he said. "With
a good turnout this summer, we may be able to expand to more STEP OUTSIDEã
events in new locations next year."

Dates, locations and contact information include:

* Statewide Contact:

Nick Tunge, S.D. Coordinator for STEP OUTSIDEã (605) 280-3782

* June 11, Huron

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Register at GFP office in Huron
Phone: (605) 353-7145

* July 16, Rapid City

9 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Register at:

1. Black Hills Archery, 605-394-9663
2. Dakota Angler and Outfitter, (605) 341-2450
3. Jack First Inc., 605-343-8481

* July 23, Beresford

9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register at Beresford Public Library, (605) 763-2782

* July 30, Pierre

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register at Lynn's Dakotamart, (605) 224-8871

* August 20, Armour

Registration information to be announced

* Sept. 10, Spearfish

For registration information, call Randy Reed, (605) 642-3629


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