2012-06-14 / Local & State

Plans Under Way For 13th Annual Youth Field Day

Event set for September 15 at Pistol & Rifle Club
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

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

Organized in county by Pennsylvania Game Commission Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Andy Carbaugh, the 15th 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 at the Fulton County Pistol & Rifle Club located just north of McConnellsburg Borough.

Based on the popularity of certain events with local youths, Carbaugh said this year’s field day will be modeled after previous events in offering participants the opportunity to learn about trapping, turkey calling, allterrain vehicle safety and water and boating safety. More hands-on stations will 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, who added there is no need to preregister as in prior years. However, registration and liability release forms are currently available throughout the county for individuals wishing to get a head start.

There is no cost for the event, said Carbaugh, who added 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. 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.

Registration will occur at the Pistol and Rifle Club grounds just before the event kicks off at 8 a.m. Additional information on Youth Field Day or registration forms can be obtained by contacting Carbaugh via e-mail at youthfieldday@hotmail.com or by calling 717-360-8983.

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