By: Kay Raypholtz
The Fulton County Sportsmen Club in Wauseon was the site for their 3rd annual youth event on Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. until noon for boys and girls ages 7 – 17. The event, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, is held in conjunction with the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Fulton County Sportsman Club. Club president Todd Bingham said that the National Wild Turkey Federation sponsors “jakes” events all over the state throughout the year. He explained that a jake is a young turkey. Since the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, of which he is also president, is not large, the other organizations joined in to help put on the event. The organization also supplies equipment for the event.
Bingham said that this year they were offering archery, a hunting simulator, bait casting, and actual target shooting with a .22 rifle. They also learned about trapping coyote, fox, and other predatory game from Wauseon’s Don Thourot.
Of prime importance was gun safety, which the children learned prior to partaking in the day’s events. Bingham said that by teaching children about sportsmen activities such as hunting, fishing, and shooting, this gets them outdoors and off of electronic devices.
There were youngsters, both boys and girls of all ages, from all over the area. They looked excited and ready to learn, and full of energy. There were plenty of adults on hand to supervise and instruct. At the end of the morning, they received lunch and a t-shirt. This is an annual event and is free to the youth.
Bingham also wanted to note that they host their annual Coon Dinner on the 3rd Friday in January. This event is their biggest fundraiser of the year, and helps to bring in money to provide events such as today’s youth event. Usually they have about 300 people in attendance, and in addition to dinner, they will have the chance to try wild game dishes, and participate in raffles for such prizes as shotguns. More information can be found by going to the Fulton County Sportsmen Club website at: http://fultoncosportsmenclub.org/.
Kay Raypholtz may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org