Sept. 27 and 28 at Stonewall State Park
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce
Roanoke, WV -(Ammoland.com)- For several years, the Outdoor Youth Challenge has been one of the biggest attractions during West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, held annually at Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County.
This hands-on event focuses on getting children ages 6 to 18 involved in many different outdoor sports and features one-on-one instruction in many of its events. This year’s Outdoor Youth Challenge will run Sept. 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day.
Those interested in participating should come to the Outdoor Youth Challenge Registration tent located alongside the Stonewall Resort State Park headquarters building.
“The Outdoor Youth Challenge gives youth the opportunity to participate in more than 20 different events,” said Krista Snodgrass of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “Some of the activities include .22 rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun and archery shooting; fishing rod casting; and animal and plant identification. When they sign up at the registration tent they will receive a Youth Challenge card and a T-shirt, and they will be instructed on how to proceed.”
As youth participants complete the events in which they choose to participate, they will get signatures from the people running those events. Youth who complete the Outdoor Youth Challenge by doing at least 10 of the events will be eligible for prizes at the end of the day. These prizes include lifetime hunting and fishing licenses (one per day), conservation camp scholarships (for the participant who has the highest score on the scored events) and many other prizes that are related to hunting, fishing, trapping and boating.
West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day is jointly sponsored by DNR and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation. CONSOL Energy is again a major financial contributor this year. CONSOL has made a priority of supporting youth-related causes, especially the Outdoor Youth Challenge.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) also is a significant financial contributor this year, as it has been in the past.
“It was the NRA’s support of the Outdoor Youth Challenge in its early years that got the event off the ground and made it possible,” Snodgrass said.
Other local businesses and groups also come together to help make the event possible. Local sporting goods stores like McFly Outdoors and Dick’s Sporting Goods help with getting the prizes, and volunteers from many organizations contribute their time and expertise to help with the individual events, according to Snodgrass.
Some of the organizations involved include the West Virginia Bowhunters Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association, and the West Virginia Hunter Education Association.
For more information on the Outdoor Youth Challenge and West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, click here.
About the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR)
It is the statutory mission of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to provide and administer a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the natural resources of the State of West Virginia.