Here is another report and photos from Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) Program Coordinator Susan Hill on another successful YHEC event held this fall as part of the YHEC Mid-America Expansion Project, sponsored by our
friends at Midway USA. This YHEC, held in Missouri, offered the Archery, Shotgun, and Wildlife Identification events to the over 40 participants, making this a very successful first-time event. Here's what Susan had to say about the Apple Creek YHEC event:
The Apple Creek Youth Hunter Education Challenge was held September 10, 2011 in Fruitland, Missouri at the Apple Creek Shooting Range. Apple Creek is a Missouri Department of Conservation range, but is staffed privately by the Apple Creek Gun Club. Grant Gillard is the President of the club and he, along with Vice President Alice Ireland, worked to run the Shotgun event. Grant and Alice were very instrumental in putting on this extremely successful event.
Greg and Alison Staggs were great Event Coordinators and made sure that they had a large group of volunteers from the Lynwood Baptist Homeschoolers group available to help run the event. There were 44 participants with 14 volunteers and Greg and Alison are working toward increasing their numbers for their 2012 YHEC events at Apple Creek.
Here are what some parents had to say about the Apple Creek YHEC:
"We are a very pro-hunting, pro-gun, and pro-NRA family and this has even gotten our boys more excited about it and wanting to shoot trap and skeet a lot more!" - Alison Staggs
"The kids had a great time, learning a lot, and having several first-time experiences. What a neat opportunity!.... Thanks again for all of your great work. You are making a difference." - Melanie Suderman