Friday, September 26, 2014

MDC Outdoor Youth Event planned in Vernon County

Nevada, Mo.  ̶- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will host the 4th annual Outdoor Youth Event to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Centennial Park Fairgrounds in Nevada.
   The Outdoor Youth Event is free and open to all youth ages 6 to 17. Youths 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch and all necessary equipment for activities will be provided. This is a great opportunity for youth to connect with nature and learn outdoor skills. MDC is partnering with local chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and 4-H Shooting Sports.
    Activities will include MDC staff and volunteers teaching hunting, shooting and fishing skills. Youths will get instruction and be able to target shoot with archery gear, BB guns and shotguns. Participants will also learn about handling hunting dogs, duck and turkey calling, trapping, primitive games and deer stand safety.
   All youths will receive a free Jakes membership in the National Wild Turkey Federation and a free Green Wings membership in Ducks Unlimited. There will also be drawings for a firearm, two youth bows and a guided youth spring turkey hunt.
   For more information, contact MDC Conservation Agent Justin Fogle at 417-667-1089.