Learn how to safely deer hunt with a rifle at Outdoor Campus West

Take classes on how to properly handle a firearm and how to humanely hunt deer

There are so many exciting and unique things to do in the Black Hills no matter the season. In our new series “Into the Hills,” NewsCenter1’s Samantha Chadwell shows off great outdoor activities that anyone can try – right in their backyard.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s hunting season! If you’ve hunted before, then you’re probably already enjoying yourself. But what about those in our area who want to learn how but aren’t sure where to start? At Outdoor Campus West, you can take classes to become more comfortable with rifle shooting – so much so that you’ll be hunting before you know it.

Keith Wintersteen is one of the group program naturalists who will teach you everything you need to know about your rifle before you even shoot it. If you’re thinking that hunting looks too hard or is too complicated, this class is a great way to start. Keith says the point of this class is to get people comfortable moving around in the woods, carrying a loaded firearm and making a shot to ethically and humanely take down an animal.

“There’s a lot of training that goes into it so that when you’re in the woods, it seems really easy. It seems easy because we spend a whole lot of time practicing it beforehand,” he said.

When it comes to firearm safety, Keith has a few rules that everyone should know by heart before they head out to hunt.

Rule #1  Every firearm is always loaded

Rule #2  Never point a firearm at anything you don’t want to shoot.

Rule #3  Before you ever put your finger on the trigger, make sure you know what your target is, what’ s behind it and that you have properly identified your target.

Rule #4  If you don’t feel certain about making a clean shot, don’t take the shot.

There are a lot of rules to remember, but there are some simple ones to follow that not only go along with hunting but really can go along with any new hobby you decide to try out. Be smart, be safe, and have fun!

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