NWTF's 45th Parallel Gobblers Chapter Hosts Free


Mar 11, 2001
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NWTF's 45th Parallel Gobblers Chapter Hosts Free Outdoor Field Day for Michigan Youth


GAYLORD, MICHIGAN - Trout fishing, learning to shoot a bow and receiving instruction on safe hunting strategies are just some of the activities scheduled for the fifth annual 45th Parallel Gobblers JAKES Day, June 7, 2008.

The National Wild Turkey Federation's 45th Parallel Gobblers Chapter will welcome nearly 900 youth from its JAKES and Xtreme JAKES programs in northern Michigan to the Johnson property behind Jay's Sporting Goods in Gaylord, Mich. Here, they can learn a variety of outdoor skills and hear the remarkable restoration story of the wild turkey.

"This event has grown tremendously since it first began," said Diane House, president of the 45th Parallel Gobblers. "Thanks to the chapter's great leadership, which has shown a true passion for introducing youth to the outdoors, the 45th Parallel Gobblers chapter has gone from hosting 60 youth to expecting almost 900 youth to attend the event. The opportunity to educate and entertain this many youth while introducing them to the outdoors is unbelievable."

The NWTF's JAKES program (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) teaches the principles of wildlife management and traditions of safe, ethical and responsible hunting to youth up to age 12. Xtreme JAKES is designed for teens 13 to 17 years old, and provides opportunities and challenges more in-line with older JAKES members' abilities and experiences.

In addition to enjoying free workshops, activities and food, participants will have the opportunity to see Army Apache helicopters and Air National Guard jets in flight and take aim on an archery range with the National Archery in the School Program (NASP).

NASP is designed to partner with a state's Department of Education and its Fish and Wildlife agency to offer an Olympic-style target archery program to physical education students from 4th to 12th grades as part of school curriculums.

Expert instructors will be on hand throughout the event to ensure all participants have fun learning in a controlled, safe environment.

"JAKES events allow youth to try new things by engaging them in all kinds of outdoor activities, sports and seminars," said Mandy Harling, JAKES program manager. "This event brings together active kids with `get up and go' attitudes who share an interest in something bigger than themselves - wildlife and conservation."

Media Contact:
Shannon Coggin or Brian Dowler at (803) 637-3106 or scoggin@nwtf.net

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