NWTF Chapters Throughout U.S. Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — NWTF chapters across the nation held Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen and JAKES outreach events, on Saturday, Sept. 24, to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day.
More than 100 people attended the first Family Outdoor Challenge at NWTF national headquarters in Edgefield, S.C. Youth and adults split into four teams that competed in canoeing, outdoor survival, archery and air gun challenges. Scores were kept as each team completed their challenges, and team Dynamite was announced as the victor by the end of the day.
"The adults and kids had a ball trying each activity," said JAKES program coordinator Mandy Harling. "In outdoor safety the groups had to successfully build a fire. We also took a group of 20 hunters out skeet shooting and had a fantastic time. It was a safe, fun day outdoors celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day!"
NWTF volunteers introduce 100,000 youth under age 17, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors every year through these outreach programs. The NWTF believes introducing new people to hunting helps preserve our hunting heritage. Hunters are the driving force behind conservation in the U.S. and by ensuring that hunting remains a viable sport, the NWTF is helping to guarantee the future of conservation.
JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sporstmanship) is the NWTF's education and outreach programs for members 17 and younger. These programs are dedicated to informing, educating and involving youth in wildlife conservation and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. JAKES Take Aim is a new program to the NWTF that brings shooting sports to local communities for children to experience through the use of portable trailers.
The Wheelin' Sportsmen outreach program provides outdoor recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. Whether it is shooting, hunting, fishing or archery, there is no limit to the outdoor opportunities the Wheelin' Sportsmen program can bring to a person with disabilities who's eager to get outside and participate in an active lifestyle.
The Women in the Outdoors program sponsors events across the country using experts and trained professionals to teach outdoor skills to women in a noncompetitive and nonthreatening environment. Women in the Outdoors helps members develop outdoor skills and emphasizes the importance of wildlife management and the role of hunters in conservation.