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      Ottumwa youth participate in 9th annual Field Day

      The Youth Field Day was held in Ottumwa Saturday at the Izaak Walton League.

      Like many of its young shooters, the 9th annual Youth Field Day hit its mark.

      The event is a fun and exciting way to introduce boys and girls ages 8 to 17 to the many outdoor activities each season brings to Iowa.

      Some of the events the youth participated in included trap shooting, rifle shooting, and archery.

      They were able to take a nature walk and also view snakes and turtles brought in by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

      The field day is made possible by several area conservation groups, and planning for the event begins in January with regular meetings once a month until the big day.

      Attendance is usually strong, around 154 students participated last year, and early numbers indicate 180 to 200 participants were at this year's outing.

      Other events participants were able to partake in included sport dog handling, trapping basics, and BB gun shooting.

      They also participated in a conservation program.

      Organizers hope to see continued growth in the coming years