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6/25/2013 3:07:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Local NWTF chapter to host youth event
SUMNER - The Lawrence County Longspurs chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting the 15th annual JAKES field day event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. July 13 at Red Hills State Park near Sumner.

The field day will provide free opportunities for youth to experience the outdoors by participating in activities through hands-on events, education, fellowship and family fun.

JAKES events allow youth to try new things by engaging them in all kinds of outdoor activities, sports and seminars.

"This event will bring together active kids with 'get up and go' attitudes who share an interest in something bigger than themselves - wildlife and conservation," organizers said in a news release.

The NWTF's JAKES program (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) teaches the principles of wildlife management and safe, ethical and responsible hunting to youth up to age 12. The NWTF also offers the Xtreme JAKES program, which is designed for teens 13 to 17 years old, and provides opportunities and challenges more in-line with older JAKES members' abilities and experiences. Hands-on activities during JAKES/Xtreme JAKES events include archery, air rifle and shotgun shooting, hunting safety, as well as instruction on hunting, conservation, the wild turkey and more.

Each youth must have a release form signed by their parent or guardian to participate. Release forms may be picked up in advance at Red Hills State Park office or may be completed the morning of event at registration.

This event is free and open to all area youth and parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided and a drawing for prizes will be held at the end of the day.

Registration begins at 9 a.m.


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