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Wildcat Hills Offers Muzzleloader, Archery Classes

Archer at Wildcat Hills SRA
Glen McClaine takes aim at the archery range at the new shooting complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

GERING — The Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area is seeking enrollees for its first series of classes which consist of six sessions about muzzleloaders and archery.

Both topics have a course set for each of the coming months – February, March and April. The courses are offered in three two-hour sessions over consecutive weeks.

Cat Vinton, the facility’s superintendent, expects the courses to be popular. With advancements in equipment, long seasons and distinctive challenges, both archery equipment and muzzleloaders provide hunters exceptional opportunities to be successful in pursuing a wide range of species.

The courses are $36 each, with muzzleloader sessions open to shooters age 9 and up and archery open to anyone 5 and above. For more information or to register, people may contact Vinton at 308-436-0561.

The Wildcat Hills Shooting Sports Complex, which opened in September 2016, offers a wide variety of shooting opportunities throughout the year. The facility features a rimfire range with seven lanes for rifle and six lanes for pistol, an archery range with 33 lanes, a trap/skeet range for shotguns and a 100-yard range for sighting in rifles.

More information about the shooting complex, along with a list of other upcoming programs and courses, may be found at outdoornebraska.org/wildcathillsrange.

The schedule (Each class is 3-5 p.m.):

Archery: Session one, Feb. 4, 11, 18; Session two, March 4, 11, 18; Session three, April 8, 15, 22.

Muzzleloader: Session one, Feb. 3, 10, 17; Session two, March 3, 10, 17; Session three; April 7, 14, 21.


About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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