You'd never know it by watching Clay fish at the Youth Challenge at this year's National Hunting and Fishing Days, but he's relatively new to the sport. He's one of more than a thousand kids who picked up a bow, picked out a fish or picked out a target at Stonewall Jackson Resort this year. And that's just how the DNR drew things up.
Kevin Yokum, DNR biologist says,"The real key is we're getting kids who have never participated before. We're not getting folks who are a experienced hunters, they're breathing a whole new life, a lot of single mothers, parents, never cast before, never shot before, it's a perfect venue to introduce them to the sport and when it's fun, that's what it's all about."
Hailey Farnsworth spent a little time getting some casting instruction, and as you can see, she can flat get that lure out there. She had a blast.
Hailey Farnsworth, Youth Challenge participant says, "I went past the trout, I went past it and over top of it.....I think so."
Hailey's buddy, Bailey has a full day ahead for them.
Bailey Yokum, Youth Challenge participant says, "How many of these youth challenge things have you done today? Two I think. How do you like it? They were fun."
And that's why the DNR puts this event on year after year, and the kids just keep coming out. Kevin Yokum, DNR biologist says,"This will be, by far, the most kids we've ever had come through the youth challenge event. Yesterday we had about 900, that's more than we had all last year."
Kevin hopes to see even more kids next year.
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