Outdoor Youth Challenge
Sean Head, a biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains the program, "The Youth Challenge, which is part of National Hunting and Fishing Days weekend, has been going on for 15-20 years when we really pumped up the Outdoor Youth Challenge. We used to have it on the other side of the lake and we brought it over on this side to have more opportunities for the kids."
And there will be plenty of opportunities, all right. Kids will get to touch a snake, check out how to cook wild game and lots of chances to really get some hands on experiences.
"We have 24 events that kids can either participate in or compete in. Of those 24 events, they have to complete 10 of them to be eligible for the prizes. We have a public shooting event where the kids can shoot a .22, a shotgun, a muzzle loader and rabbit trap shooting. We have hands on training for archery, and casting for accuracy with fishing rods." says Head
That's a lot to do, but take my word for it, the kids will want to do as many of the 24 events as you can fit into their schedule. And for many, this will be their first and only shot at shooting a gun.
"This may be the only opportunity for these kids to have hands on instruction in hunting and fishing. Last year was a banner year, we had over 1,050 kids sign up over the 2 day weekend for the Youth Challenge." says Head.
And that spells success...and fun!
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