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Kansas Hunt/Fish Expo--Beau Arndt Appreciation Day. Peter Pan Park
WoodFest at Camp Wood - http://woodfestks.com/
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From the kitchen of June Bell, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Just in time to treat your friends for Christmas and through the Holiday Season. Wild turkey breasts work also.
1 Can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 C. mayonnaise
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
½ small onion chopped fine
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 C. cooked, diced pheasant
1 C. minced celery
Microwave cream cheese on defrost setting for about 3 minutes to soften. Add soup and mayonnaise, Worcestershire and onion. Mix again, then add pheasant and celery. Good served at room temperature or chilled.
My Christmas Wish……….A better understanding of firearm safety education.
Christmas 2014 has past. If you bought your child a firearm for Christmas, even a BB gun or an air rifle, please take a couple of things into consideration. Are firearms safe in your home and can your child be trusted with such a responsibility? What are the pros and cons?
The mother’s basic “BB gun block,” and the teacher’s and Santa Claus’ “You will shoot your eye out!” from the movie “A CHRISTMAS STORY” pose a definite concern. But there are many positive things a child can learn from firearms safety education and especially the shooting sports: safe habits and responsibility that can last a lifetime.
Proper handling of a firearm and learning to be a safe shooter teaches responsibility and respect. Self-discipline and control must also be mastered in order to hit the target. Learning to hold a firearm steady and to shoot a gun accurately teaches concentration and helps develop hand-eye coordination. Knowing the shooter alone is ultimately responsible for his or her performance teaches self-reliance and builds self-esteem.
Parents should realize a child’s age isn’t the most important factor when deciding whether there should be a firearm in the house or if the child should be allowed to be around firearms. Mindful, responsible parents know their child better than anyone else. Can the child follow directions and handle responsibility? Is the youngster mature enough to make decisions that will ensure his or her own safety and the safety of others? And last but not least, does the parent have the knowledge and experience to give proper instruction in the basics of firearm safety? Ralph’s parents were concerned that he might shoot his eye out, but on Christmas morning they let him go outside, unsupervised, with his brand new Daisy Red Ryder and shoot at a target on a metal backstop. Ralph or an innocent bystander could have lost an eye when the BB ricocheted off the metal surface. Or worse.
Flashback, Christmas, 1963. A classmate of mine received a brand new .410 shotgun for Christmas. Before night fell, Jimmy was in the hospital with a massive injury to the side of his head and eventually lost an eye due to a blast from that shotgun. He recovered, but had to undergo many painful skin grafts to restore the damaged portion of his face. Others haven’t been so lucky. Don’t let such a tragic incident happen.
Supervision and instruction on the basic firearm safety rules should also have been a part of his Christmas gift. Hands-on instruction and training, repeated over and over, along with a thorough understanding of the safety rules will teach the child that nothing can be taken for granted concerning gun safety.
If a new gun is on your child’s Christmas list and you are still apprehensive about giving such a gift, you might want to have your child sign a FIREARMS RESPONSIBILITY CONTRACT. In this written contract the child promises to learn and obey all the rules of safe firearms handling.
Get a copy of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, review them and discuss their meaning. Make it a point to attend a Hunter Safety Education class if you haven’t already done so, even if you don’t plan on becoming a hunter. A promise should be made to never play with firearms because they are not toys, and that includes BB guns.
Where children are concerned, firearms should be used only with the permission of an adult and under strict supervision. Treat every gun as if it were loaded and never aim it at something you do not intend to shoot. It should be clearly understood there will be an automatic forfeiture of shooting privileges for whatever length of time agreed upon, if the Firearms Responsibility Contract isn’t adhered to.
An Automobile Responsibility Contract may come into play in years to come when a decision is made to turn the young driver loose with the family vehicle for the first time. Knowing the youngster’s ability to follow directions, handle responsibility and be trusted will make that decision much easier.
Even if you don’t have any intentions of buying a gun or having one in your home, chances are your child will come in contact with a firearm one place or another. Statistics show that firearms are present in at least one-half of all the homes in America. The National Rifle Association’s award winning Eddie Eagle program teaches a child to STOP and DON’T TOUCH any firearm. It is important to resist the natural temptation to pick up a gun and put your finger on the trigger. Explain to the child that real guns, unlike toy guns, can be very dangerous and that a real gun might look like a toy gun. Tell your child to immediately LEAVE THE AREA. Impress upon your child to TELL AN ADULT about what they have found so the situation can be controlled and other children won’t be at risk.
If you do own a gun, always remember to unload the firearm carefully and completely before taking it into the house. Never load a sporting firearm in the home. Always make sure that firearms are securely stored in a location inaccessible to children. You might even treat yourself to a new gun safe for Christmas!
Ammunition should be stored in a separate location, locked up and inaccessible to children. Place firearms in their proper storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range. When you remove your gun from storage, always recheck it to confirm that it is still unloaded. It is a gun owner’s responsibility to make sure his firearms are not casually accessible to anyone---especially curious young people who might be looking for Christmas presents.
For more information on firearm safety education, programs and events, contact the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. Tel 203-426-2359 www.nssf.org
Or call Eddie Eagle 1-800-231-0752 for their latest program information.
The KVOE What's In Outdoors Boatload of Prizes giveaway culminated with the prize drawing during the weekly program Friday on 14 KVOE and 96.9 FM.