Plans Progressing For Youth Field Day
Youths eager to learn about the outdoors, hunting and wildlife conservation are urged to sign up before the deadline passes for the annual Fulton County Youth Field Day.
Organized in county by Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Andy Carbaugh, the 10th annual event is set for Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fulton County Pistol & Rifle Club located just north of McConnellsburg Borough.
Based on the popularity of certain events with local youths, Carbaugh indicated this year's event will be modeled after prior years in offering participants the opportunity to learn about trapping, turkey calling, all-terrain vehicle safety and water and boating safety. More hands-on stations include .22 caliber rifle shooting, trapshooting, and muzzleloader shooting.
Children between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to participate but must be accompanied throughout the day by an adult. Space is limited to the first 50 youths, Carbaugh noted, and interested individuals must be registered by July 31. There is no cost for the event, and children will also be provided a light lunch at no expense.
Those instructors and organizations tentatively slated to assist during the event are local sportsmen Bill McGinnis, Jan Fraker, Tom Fraker and Brent Gordon at the muzzleloader station, and .22 rifle shooting with Pennsylvania Game Commission deputies. Trap shooting will be overseen by trap team members of the Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club, and Keystone Country Store will continue to head the archery station.
Retired Game Commission Deputy Norm Carr is tentatively scheduled to offer up a trapping demonstration, while officials from the Bureau of Forestry and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will offer safety tips in ATV and boating safety.
Applications are available at Keller's Country Store in Hustontown; D&D Korner Mart (former DeShong's Korner Store), Needmore; Harr's Grocery of Big Cove Tannery; Fort Loudonbased Keystone Country Store and the Fulton County Extension Office. An application in Microsoft Word format can also be obtained by contacting Carbaugh by e-mail at youthfieldday@ hotmail.com.