North Dakota Game and Fish offers trapshooting, R3 grants

Mar. 11—BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is promoting a pair of grant programs, one that supports high school trapshooting in the state and the other to assist with R3 (recruitment, retention and reactivation) efforts.

Local clubs or communities interested in receiving a trapshooting grant of up to $1,000 must have the application in before April 1, the Game and Fish Department said in a reminder. Existing teams that have received a grant in the past are not eligible.

In a news release, Game and Fish said grant funds are designed to offset costs for purchasing gear such as eye and hearing protection, vests, shell bags and magnetic barrel rests.

Interested applicants can print out the

high school trap league grant application

on the Game and Fish website at


For more information, contact Game and Fish education section leader Marty Egeland at (701) 328-6612, or email


The grant to assist R3 efforts is part of the "Encouraging Tomorrow's Hunters" program, a Game and Fish initiative developed to assist in the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters.

Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civic organizations are encouraged to submit applications, the department said. The program supports projects and events that provide a positive environment to develop the skills and confidence needed to create lifelong, conservation-minded hunting and shooting sports participants.

The application deadline is May 1.

The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organization events and projects each year, with an average grant of $1,550.

Grant recipients can use the funds to help cover event expenses, including promotional printing; event memorabilia such as shirts, caps or vests; ammunition and targets; and eye and ear protection.

Past funding has enabled groups to conduct learn-to-hunt events, or sponsor trap and other shooting events, including archery and rifle shooting. Game and Fish has separate grant programs that support National Archery in the Schools Program and high school trapshooting teams.

Clubs or organizations interested in applying for an Encourage Tomorrow's Hunters grant should note the grant process, application and records requirements. More information,

including a grant application

, is available on the Game and Fish Department website at

, or by calling Cayla Bendel, department R3 coordinator, at (701) 220-3461.