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BEVERLY -

The Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America hosts youth air rifle shoots a few times a year hoping to get kids outside.

One of these shoots was held on Sunday at the Tygart Valley Muzzleloaders Club in Beverly.

"I think it's important to get them out, get them outdoors. Get them away from the video games and the TV's. Get them out and let them enjoy nature a little bit," said Bruce Evans, with the Mountaineer Chapter of the IWLA.

The shoot was open to the public, but many of the kids there were from the West Virginia Children's Home.

Members of the U-S-S West Virginia were visiting the home for the week, and brought the kids to the shoot. They try to do lots of different activities with the kids, but mostly they just try to be there for them.

"If nothing else we just go over and hang out with them. Throw around the football in the yard, they have the swimming pool open now. Just hang out, play cards, whatever, just try to be a positive role model to them," said Jim Shiffer, with the USS West Virginia.

The kids could also fish in addition to shooting air rifles, and 22 caliber rifles. After many rounds of shooting door prizes such as new fishing poles, and tackle boxes were given away.

The children from the home said it was really fun to get outside and do something different.

"I think just getting to be with everybody, getting to see everybody's strength's and what they can do. We had a blast fishing earlier too," Megan Hanna said.

The next Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America youth air rifle shoot will be May 19th.