Young guns blazing at NORGC

Year-end banquet honors more than 100 who participated in Winter Youth League
Matt DeYoung
Mar 24, 2014

Eight years ago, Jim Samlow wanted to find a place for his daughters to learn to shoot, so he and a friend put their heads together and started the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club’s Kids Winter League.

From those humble beginnings — there were just 15 kids in that inaugural class — the youth league has grown in leaps and bounds.

On Saturday, at the year-end banquet, the more than 100 youngsters who took part in this year’s NORGC Winter Youth League were honored. 

The league involves everything from BB guns to archery to trap and skeet.

“It starts the first Saturday in January and lasts 10 weeks,” said Samlow, who’s still directly involved in the program. “The big thing we focus on is safety.

“I have some kids who were here when they started to shoot trap and I’d hand them one bullet at a time. Now they’re out there and I shoot a round with them.

“Eight years later, some of these kids have gone from not knowing how to shoot a BB gun to hitting an 8x8 (inch) target and shooting arrows to within four inches.”

Samlow has seen three daughters go through the program, including 15-year-old Brooklyn, who competed trap and archery in this, her eighth year.

“I like helping the kids, and I like trying to beat my sisters at trap,” Brooklyn said with a laugh.

She almost reached that goal, finishing just three points behind 20-year-old Katie. Hannah, 16, also competes.

Brooklyn has taken the skills she’s learned at the NORGC and put them to work in the field.

“This is the first year I bow hunted and gun hunted,” she said. “We went out two days before opening day and saw a nice 6-point about 20 yards away. Then we didn’t see anything the rest of the way.”

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


retired DOC

All people should learn how to handle and respect firearms.


Funny how in this politically correct world we get an article about kids and their skills and not one of them is pictured holding a shotgun, bow or even a B B gun! If this was about their basketball skills they would have been holding a basketball, or if baseball one of the kids would have a bat or glove!!! Sigh!

Congrats kids, stay involved with the shooting sport it will teach you well. Dedication and discipline in practice will teach you many lifelong useful skills. Respect the firearm and remember it is only dangerous when handled dangerously!

Tri-cities realist

They didn't want to get kicked out of school.

Btw, good to see you are still checking in here. If an article about the 2nd Ammendment or firearms is posted, and you didn't comment, I would seriously wonder if you are OK. Glad that seems to be the case.

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