From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- One of the most popular attractions at West Virginia's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days is the Outdoor Youth Challenge. This year's challenge will be held Sept. 25 and 26 at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County. Last year, 466 youths registered for the two-day event.
The Outdoor Youth Challenge runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. All youth 6 to 18 years old can participate in approximately 23 activities. After completing a free onsite registration, youth will be given a color-coded registration card with map showing locations of the Challenge activities.
The event is divided into a non-competitive category and a competitive category. The first category is for those youth between 6-18 years of age who would like to participate in the Challenge activities just for the fun and thrill of completing them.
A second category is for those youth between 11-14 and 15-18 years of age who wish to compete in the scored activities such as casting for accuracy, archery, .22 rifle, muzzleloader and shotgun-skeet shooting. A numerical score from the five scored events will be recorded on the registration card.
Each youth must complete at least 10 events to be eligible for prize drawings. Youth participating in the competitive category also must complete at least five un-scored events in addition to the scored events to be eligible for prize drawings. Upon completion of each event, the youth's registration card will be validated by the official overseeing that event.
The grand prizes include four lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, two to be given away each day. For youths who compete in the five scored competitive events, a Junior Conservation Camp Scholarship for junior group ages 11-14, and a state Conservation Camp Scholarship for senior group ages 15-18, will be awarded each day.
Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, has commended CONSOL Energy Inc. for donating $10,000 to promote and enhance the Outdoor Youth Challenge as part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration. CONSOL also donated a gun signed by Gen. Chuck Yeager and Gov. Joe Manchin to be auctioned at the Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt in December with the proceeds going to the Outdoor Youth Challenge.
For more information concerning the Outdoor Youth Challenge or the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration, is available at www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/nathuntfish.shtm.