The LaGrange County Parks Department recently received a $1,100 grant from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to fund hunter safety education supplies. The NWTF Hunting Heritage Superfund grant helped purchase a new set of non-firing arms recently offered by O.S. Mossberg Co.
The five-gun set includes the major types of actions typically found in sporting arms; lever, bolt, semi-automatic, pump, and break action. The guns are machined so that they are completely non-firing to be used in an educational setting.
“These training guns are going to be incredibly useful in the classroom,” said LaGrange County Parks Naturalist Scott Beam, a hunting education instructor. “We practice with lots of role play to develop safe habits and it is more realistic to use arms of the right size and weight as real firearms.”
The Hunting Heritage Superfund sponsors many projects throughout Indiana. In addition to hunter education supplies, it is often applied to habitat restoration projects. Youth events are also a high priority to encourage young people to participate in wildlife conservation.
Additional funds for the set came from the local Pigeon River NWTF chapter match and area NWTF member John Egli.