The Devils Lake School Board unanimously approved the formation of a high school clay target team Thursday.

The team will be able to compete under the Devils Lake Firebirds name in the new North Dakota High School Clay Target League, which begins its season in April.

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"They'll be able to start this spring, at no cost to the district," Superintendent Scott Privratsky said.

The team will raise its own funds for the program, according to James Wang, one of the team organizers.

Potential costs was one of the issues raised when the proposal initially was made to the School Board, Privratsky said, because the district recently eliminated some sports and other activities after surveying residents and studying program costs in comparison with participation levels.

The sport, which is open to boys and girls from the sixth to 12th grades who have earned firearm safety certificates, is self-supported, with volunteer coaches.

All shooting is conducted at local firearms ranges, and no guns are allowed to be brought onto school property, according to James Wang, one of the team's organizers.

More than 30 area youths already participate in local 4-H shooting programs, he said.