Youth hunter safety challenge
Monday, October 10, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
If you love to hunt and are 18 or younger, you will want to
participate in the Regional Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding
this fun and challenging event on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the FWC's
Ocala Youth Conservation Center.
These events are designed to teach young men and women advanced
outdoor and hunting skills. To participate, you must have already
completed the state mandated hunter safety course, and you must
register prior to the event.
The competition will be in two age divisions. The junior
division is for youth ages 14 and younger; the senior division is
for ages 15 through 18. Participants compete as individuals. Events
- A hunter safety exam.
- Firearms safety walk-through.
- Shotgun-shooting challenge (clay pigeons).
- Small-bore rifle shooting challenge (stationary targets).
- 3-D archery.
This is a fun competition and the only such warm-up event in the
state to prepare participants for the State Youth Hunter Education
Challenge in May 2012, also scheduled at the Ocala Youth
Conservation Center. The individual competitions at the regional
event Saturday will mirror some of the events at the state
competition. The top performers in the May event become eligible to
compete in the National Youth Hunter Education Challenge in
Pennsylvania next summer.
The Ocala Youth Conservation Center is in Marion County at 7325
NE 170th Ave., Silver Springs, in the Ocala National
Forest, and will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. No latecomers will be
allowed to join after the competition begins. Sign-in begins at 8
a.m. Participants are required to register prior to the event by
calling or emailing Greg Workman at 352-625-2804 or Gregory.Workman@MyFWC.com.
You can find more information at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety.