FRYEBURG, Maine — Fryeburg Fish and Game Association is sponsoring a junior shooting league. Focused on events offered in Olympic competitions, the goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable introduction into shooting sports for boys and girls age 10 through high school.

Through discipline, patience, practice, and hard work, boys and girls complete equally. Shooting sports are represented in both the summer and winter Olympics. In fact, in the summer games the number of competitors in shooting is greater than all other sports except track and field and boxing.

Fryeburg junior shooters, regardless of experience level, will start with classroom instruction in safety, range and league rules, and finish with discipline specific instruction in rifle, pistol or shotgun sports.

Shooters will start with basic shooting skills, then progress to the NRA/Winchester Marksmanship Qualification Program. Progression is self-paced, with each sportsman competing against themselves. Earning awards is challenging but attainable.

Those interested in competitive shooting against others will advance to the Civilian Marksman Program. Shooters can compete in collegiate and national competitions, train at the Olympic Training Center or be awarded college scholarships.

Parents are encouraged to attend all training and shooting events and may even become coaches themselves. NRA-certified instructors will always be present, as well as NRA certified range safety officers.

Cost to the junior is minimal. All necessary equipment, rifles, ammunition, target, and instruction have been generously donated. Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has reserved its 50-yard range, located on Fish and Game Road in Fryeburg, exclusively for the Junior League every Saturday morning.

Membership in the league is limited. Additional information can be obtained through the Conway or Fryeburg recreation departments or by contacting the league at fryeburgfishandgame@gmail.com.

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