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Start planning ahead to attend the Division of Wildlife Resources' free Outdoor Adventure Days on June 9 and 10 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range at 6000 W. 2100 South.

Hours for the event are noon to 7 p.m. on June 9 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 10.

While the event is free, those who hope to win a prize need to register in advance at

Shooting firearms and bows and arrows, catching catfish, riding an ATV and paddling a kayak are among activities being offered at the fourth annual event.

"If you don't have a lot of experience in the outdoors, Outdoor Adventure Days is the perfect place to try some of these activities for the first time," said Marni Lee, the DWR's wildlife recreation coordinator. "If you're proficient with firearms—but you've never shot a bow and arrow—here's your chance," she said. "Or, maybe you've shot a rifle before, but you've never shot a shotgun at a flying target. You can at the event."

Participants can also try a variety of firearms, including pistols, rifles, muzzleloaders and shotguns, with instruction available.

Another highlight will be the chance to watch trained hunting dogs in action.

Tom Wharton