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Twenty area youths falling between the ages of 10 and 16 took the opportunity to learn about the great outdoors, hunting safety and conservation Saturday during the 10th annual Youth Field Day organized by Fulton County Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Andy Carbaugh. Round-robin stations offered at the Fulton County Pistol & Rifle Club included muzzleloaders and .22 target shooting, clay pigeon shoot, archery, turkey hunting and safety, bird dog demonstrations, ATV safety, outdoor photography and water safety. Youth Field Day was initially created in 1991 in Venango County by Robert "Mac" MacWilliams, a former Pennsylvania Game Commission Information and Education supervisor, who envisioned reversing the decline of youth involvement in the outdoors through exposure to hands-on activities. Jan Fraker of Hustontown (above left) gives instruction on loading a muzzleloader to 13-year-old Joey Johnson of Baltimore, Md., who was visiting friends in the Hustontown area over the weekend and was afforded the opportunity to participate along with fellow Baltimore native and friend Joshua Mooney, 14. Fraker was aided at the muzzleloader station by fellow outdoorsmen Tom Fraker, Floyd "Bill" McGinnis and Brent Gordon. Jim Houppert (above right), co-owner and trainer of Pine Ridge Kennel LLC located in Shade Gap, pretends to take aim at a bird during a bird-retrieval demonstration. 009p1_xlg.jpg