|Posted by midsouthquailforever on June 29, 2017 at 6:30 AM|
Youth Hunter Education Challenge, July 29, Oakland TN
National Rifle Association and Mid South Quail Forever Present the Youth Hunter Education Challenge
Twenty boys and girls gathered on July 29, 2017 at beautiful Anderson Farms in Oakland for the West Tennessee Youth Hunter Education Challenge. These young people competed in .22 rifle, shotgun and archery, then went on to have their knowledge of hunter safety tested on a trail that consisted of a series of challenges regarding gun handling, safety, and hunting skills.
The National Rifle Association teamed up with Mid South Quail Forever to present what the NRA refers to as its graduate program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Hosted by Ronnie Downs and his wife, Sharon Anderson, the farm proved to be an ideal location for the event, which was not only a competition, but a learning opportunity, as well. Wildlife officers and rifle instructors from Tennessee Wildlife Resources were on hand to guide the young people through the rifle event. During the archery session, equipment and instructors were on hand from the TWRA and Academy Sports Southaven so everyone would have an opportunity to compete. Judging from the smiles on the faces of the kids and the volunteers, it was easy to say the event was a success!
While all the kids did a great job, six winners were chosen based on their overall score. In the Senior division, Josiah Markum was first, followed by Matthew Mullins and Eli Morris. The Junior division was won by Preston Burks, with Colton Throneberry and Dylan Kilby close behind.
The Oakland event is the State event for Tennessee, and all participants are eligible to go to the National event which will be in Pennsylvania in 2018. Quail Forever involves young people in the outdoors as well, through their No Child Left Indoors program. Pictures from the event are available on the Mid South Quail Forever website at www.midsouthquailforever.org. More information about the NRA-YHEC can be found at yhec.nra.org/
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