Milwaukee school group passes hunter education test with flying colors

Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on

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And the concept of going afield to gather wild protein has become foreign to most urban residents.

So for the Escuela Verde students, there was a lot of "firsts."

Shooting a shotgun, for example.

"It was better than I thought it was going to be," said 11th-grader Joshua Arnold. "I thought it was going to break my shoulder."

Not only did he handle the gun without injury, he learned that he was a natural trapshooter: He broke the last five clay pigeons he attempted at the range.

All eight students passed the written and field tests and are now certified Wisconsin hunters.

They are all first in their families to do so.

"This makes my job so worthwhile," said Myles, the DNR warden. "The thing that excites me the most is kids from the city want to do this. It kills stereotypes."

Myles and the Inner City Sportsmen Club helped the students successfully achieve several "firsts." Several more are planned, including squirrel and deer hunting outings.

"Now," Baker said. "When do you all want to go hunting?"

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