Jake’s Day lets youth explore outdoors

VELPEN — Youths are being encouraged to reserve their spot now for when the Dubois-Pike Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation — the Patoka Valley LimbHangers — hosts its annual Jake’s Day for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the OFS Brands Cool Springs facility, 9412 E. State Road 64, Velpen.

It’s free for youths 17 and younger who want to learn about shooting, trap and target shooting with a shotgun, archery and hunting and deer stand safety. There will also be trapping demonstrations and stations teaching about hunting safety, turkey calls and BB guns. There will be demonstrations by an Indiana State Police bomb squad and a chainsaw carver and fire trucks and a safety smoke house will be on site. It’s possible an Air Evac helicopter could land, too.

Register by Aug. 27 by contacting Dave Jellison at 812-639-0208 or drjellison@gmail.com with the participant’s name, age, address, phone number and shirt size. Also include a parent or guardian’s name.

Jakes Day — which stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship — is an opportunity for youth to explore the outdoors through fun events that help to teach hunting safety and ethics, hunting strategies, principles of habitat management and sportsmanship.

The NWTF is a national conservation nonprofit that seeks to protect and improve the habitats of wild turkeys, deer and other animals to preserve the sport and lifestyle of hunting and the outdoors. The Patoka Valley LimbHangers host events to raise money to preserve the Patoka wildlife habitat for generations to come.

The Patoka Valley LimbHangers will provide lunch and all materials needed for target shooting. There will be several prizes available and a drawing for a free gun open to all youth present who become NWTF Jake’s Members ($10 membership or bring current card).

Jake’s Day is a free event, but a parent or guardian must be present with all participants.

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