Test your wildlife knowl­edge

The Covington News - - The second front -

Youth in­ter­ested in the out­doors can test their knowl­edge, demon­strate their shoot­ing and out­door skills, and be el­i­gi­ble to win a muz­zleloader at the state’s an­nual Hunter Ed­u­ca­tion Skills Chal­lenge event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­day at the Cly­bel Wildlife Man­age­ment Area in Mans­field.

The chal­lenge is open to chil­dren and teens age 18 and younger who have earned a hunter ed­u­ca­tion cer­tifi­cate. The event will test par­tic­i­pants’ in seven out­door com­po­nents: archery, air ri­fle, shot­gun, a safety trail chal­lenge (shoot/don’t shoot sce­nar­ios), ori­en­teer­ing, wildlife iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and a hunter re­spon­si­bil­ity exam.

This is the third statewide event for the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion’s Hunter Ed­u­ca­tion Skills Chal­lenge pro­gram.

The com­pe­ti­tion will take place just off Cly­bel WMA’s south en­trance on Shep­herd Road. Signs will di­rect par­tic­i­pants to the lo­ca­tion. Par­tic­i­pants must reg­is­ter by 11 a.m.

“The pro­gram it­self is sim­i­lar to a ‘grad­u­ate stud­ies’ course for hunter ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents,” said Jen­nifer Pittman, Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion’s shoot­ing sports co­or­di­na­tor, in a re­lease. “Each com­po­nent of the pro­gram sim­u­lates re­al­is­tic con­di­tions in an ef­fort to re­in­force and test a young hunter’s skills.”

Re­gional HESC events were held dur­ing the past year to pre­pare youth for the state chal­lenge, but par­tic­i­pants are not re­quired to have com­peted in a re­gional to reg­is­ter for the state event. Par­tic- ipants re­ceive scores for each com­po­nent to earn a max­i­mum to­tal score. The com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes two age di­vi­sions - Ju­nior (ages 14 and younger) and Se­nior (ages 15-18).

The Jan­uary statewide chal­lenge will be fol­lowed by a se­ries of lo­cal chal­lenges to be held through­out the state in 2011.

For in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing events, pro­gram in­for­ma­tion and event prac­tice test ques­tions, visit www.geor­giaw­ildlife.com and then se­lect the “Ed­u­ca­tion” tab or call (770) 918-6416.

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