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Published May 05, 2013, 04:11 PM

Hunter Safety program remains popular in our region

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) -- Ten percent of North Dakota's youth hunt. One reason is the extensive Hunter Safety Program. In fact, the class in Casselton tonight wrapped up a half hour ago.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) -- Ten percent of North Dakota's youth hunt. One reason is the extensive Hunter Safety Program.

While the youth participation rates nation wide are not sufficient to replace current hunters, Minnesota and North Dakota youth rank close to the top. The 14-hour safety classes are usually full in our region.

Lorne Sterner, with the Cass Co. Wildlife Club, says, "kids are so involved these days with school activities hard we end up having our classes on a sunday from noon to nine and every year we fill up and we have 70 in our class this year."

According to NDSU, Fishing, hunting and trapping contribute an estimated $1.4 billion in annual input to the North Dakota's state's economy.

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