2011-06-23 / Local & State

Youth Field Day Scheduled

Event set for September 17 at Pistol & Rifle Club
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Youths with an avid interest in the great outdoors, hunting and wildlife conservation are urged to sign up now for the quickly approaching Fulton County Youth Field Day.

Organized here by Pennsylvania Game Commission Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Andy Carbaugh, the 12th annual Youth Field Day has been scheduled for Saturday, September 18. Set to get under way at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m., the event will be held centrally in county at the Pistol & Rifle Club located just north of McConnellsburg Borough.

Based on the popularity of certain events with local youths, Carbaugh reported this year’s field day schedule of events will “pretty much” be modeled after prior Youth Field Days. The intent is to continue focusing on the outdoors by giving participants hands-on experience in trapping, turkey calling, all-terrain vehicle safety, and water and boating safety. Additional stations popular with local children will likely 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 entire day by an adult. Space is limited, Carbaugh noted, who added preregistration is preferred but walk-ins the day of the event are also more than welcome. There is no cost for the event, and children will also be provided a light lunch at no expense.

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. Trapshooting 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.

Registration will be available the day of the event at the Pistol and Rifle Club grounds prior to the 8 a.m. kickoff. Applications can be found at Dott Village Store, Needmore; Keller’s Country Store in Hustontown; and Buchanan Trail Sportsters located in the rear of M&M Electronics, McConnellsburg. Applications and additional information on Youth Field Day can further be obtained by contacting Carbaugh via e-mail at youthfieldday@hotmail.com or at 717-360-8466.

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