Straight Shoot­ing

The Covington News - - Front page - Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

Tar­get prac­tice: Matthew Bowen, 15, of Amer­i­cus takes a shot at the an­nual Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Hunter Ed­u­ca­tion Skills Chal­lenge event in Mans­field.

Young hunters from across the state gath­ered at the Char­lie El­liot Wildlife Cen­ter in Mans­field on Satur­day to par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual Hunter Ed­u­ca­tion Skills Chal­lenge event.

The event, open to youth 18 years of age and younger who have re­ceived their hunter ed­u­ca­tion cer­tifi­cate, tests par­tic­i­pants’ abil­i­ties 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.

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

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

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