The NWTF Lincoln County Spurs Chapter will be hosting a Jakes Take Aim , youth hunting and conservation event Monday August 03 at the NWTF Lincoln County Spurs Pond & Wetland Conservation and Outdoor Lab project site 801 Resort Drive Ruidoso, NM 88345.
For more information registration or to volunteer for the NWTF Lincoln County Spurs Chapter simply Facebook message the Lincoln County Spurs or email email@example.com
There is no charge. All skill levels are invited to attend; volunteers will be on hand to assist.
Participants also will have the opportunity to enjoy The Village of Ruidoso Parks and recreation department Wilderness Camp
The NWTF started JAKES Take Aim with a goal of tripling the annual number of youth shooting participants at JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) outreach events – from 50,000 to 150,000 youth – by 2016.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield, shooting enthusiasts and founders of MidwayUSA, an online shooting and hunting program. Without the Potterfield donation, the program would not be possible.
Daisy Outdoor Products is the equipment sponsor for the JAKES Take Aim program, which presents opportunities for youth age 17 and under to try target shooting and sporting clay shooting with air guns in a safe, fun environment. The company stocks JAKES Take Aim shooting trailers with airguns, pellets, targets and other equipment to set up safe airgun ranges at any youth event.
Studies have shown that participation in sport shooting is declining, which is mirrored by a decline in hunting participation. Both declines are a growing concern for state fish and wildlife agencies, nonprofit organizations and conservationists because a large percentage of conservation projects are funded through the taxes on firearm sales and ammunition.
The NWTF is helping to counteract this trend by recruiting and retaining youth hunters, shooters and conservationists and introducing youth to the outdoors through its JAKES and JAKES Take Aim outreach programs.
“Shooting builds confidence and gives young people confidence and an instant sense of accomplishment. The JAKES Take Aim program introduces the next generation of conservationists to the shooting sports and helps promote our hunting heritage and wildlife conservation,” said Mandy Harling, JAKES program coordinator.
This year, fully equipped JAKES Take Aim shooting trailers have debuted in seven states with 18 additional trailers available by the end of 2011. Trailers are available for use through state agencies and NWTF state chapters.
About the NWTF: The NWTF is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. A nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage, the NWTF and its volunteers work closely with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies and other partners.
Through these dynamic partnerships, the NWTF and its members helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat. Wild turkeys and hundreds of other species of upland wildlife, including quail, deer, grouse, pheasant and songbirds, benefit from this improved habitat.
The NWTF also brings new conservationists and hunters into the fold through outdoor education events and its Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES youth outreach programs. Dedicated NWTF volunteers introduce about 100,000 people to the outdoors through these programs every year.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state and Canada. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history.