Members of the JU Sporting Clays, Skeet & Trap Team helped out Oct. 6 as more than 100 youths attended the National Wild Turkey Federation’s JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) youth event at Spencer’s Farm in Clay County.
The event is designed to present opportunities for youths 17 and younger to try target shooting, clay target shooting and shotgunning in a safe, fun environment.
“Learning the shotgun sports is much bigger than just shooting clay targets,” said David Dobson, JU Varsity Shooting Team Coach. “It teaches safety, decency, respect, integrity, accountability, sportsmanship, teamwork, coping with both failure and success, and why all of these things are so important as skills and as solutions for life.”
NWTF chapters across the United States and Canada host the events to help pass on the traditions of responsible hunting, and to teach the principles of habitat management, hunting ethics and safety, according to the NWTF.
The Clay County event allowed participants to learn new outdoor skills, according to a Clay Today article. Youths learned turkey-calling skills, younger attendees took target practice using BB guns, and others played with paintball guns, participated in skeet shooting or went fishing in the lake.
The event was the first one held by the Clay County NWTF chapter in four years.