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Local sportsman's clubs to hold Feb. 15 benefits, teach archery

Two local archery clubs are hosting a charity benefit 30-target 3-D shoot on Sunday, Feb. 15.

The shoot is being held to help critically ill and disabled youth realize their hunting and other outdoor dreams.

The events will be held at the Chilakoot Bowhunters Club, two miles west of Somerset on Highway 64, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the Willow River Rod and Gun Club, just west of New Richmond, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The proceeds from the events will be donated to the United Special Sportsman's Alliance (USSA). More information on the alliance can be found at the Web Their goal is to grant exciting true-life free outdoor adventures to challenged youth across North America. USSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has granted more than 2,500 dream adventures for challenged youth.

In addition to the 3-D shoot, Chilakoot Archery Club will be hosting an indoor learn-to-shoot day in their clubhouse on Sunday. Club members will provide archery equipment and instruction for anyone 4 years old to 80 years old who wants to upgrade their skills or learn what it's like to shoot a bow. This is the first time this is being done at Chilakoot and there is no fee. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, check the club Web sites: for the Willow River Rod and Gun Club and www.chilakoot for the Chilakoot Bowhunters Club.