Day a greatsuccess
We would like to express thanks on behalf of the 154 students and their parents for the efforts put forth by the various groups and individuals who sponsored the Youth Field Day events held at the Izaak Walton League in Ottumwa on May 18.
The Wapello Strutting Toms represented the National Wild Turkey Federation by demonstrating the full gamut of turkey hunting. Wapello County Pheasants Forever demonstrated hunting with bird dogs. Southern Iowa Friends of the NRA sponsored trapshooting, put on by the Isaak Walton League. The Ikes also enabled students to enjoy target practice with BB guns and experience the firepower of rifles as well. The Iowa DNR, represented by the Wapello County Soil and Water Conservation District, displayed live examples of animals that nature enthusiasts enjoy in Iowa’s outdoors: amphibians, reptiles, insects and more. The Wapello County Conservation Board demonstrated the tracking of animals, focusing on how to identify what animals exist in the environment around us, by the evidences they leave behind. The Wapello Chiefs Bowman and Iowa Bowman’s Association delivered archery lessons and practice from coaches of Cardinal School’s archery team. AMS Bow Fishing represented the Bowfishing Association of Iowa by presenting their gear, ranging from a fully equipped boat all the way down to the barbed arrows, and giving students an opportunity to shoot arrows at targets floating in the lake. Furbearers Unlimited, along with the National Trappers Association, presented samples of furs and demonstrated trapping techniques for various types of furbearing animals.
All the instructors educated the students on safety, as well as the importance of preserving and protecting our environment and the creatures that live in the wild. These groups delivered informative material in a highly professional manner, showing their love and expertise for the sports and careers they represented.
There were numerous sponsors that contributed to this event, either financially or with supplies, who made it possible for the Youth Field Day to enjoy a successful eighth year with record turnout. We greatly appreciate your efforts and outpouring of support.
Ann Van Dorin and Norman Ward
Youth Field Day Committee