Hey Georgian’s, Are You UP for the Challenge?

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Hey Georgian's, Are You UP for the Challenge?Is your hunter ready for an advanced education in outdoor skills? Then put them up to the challenge – the Hunter Education Skills Challenge to be specific. This program, open to any youth age 18 or younger that has completed their hunter education course, will be available at the upcoming River Bend Wildlife Management Area adult/child deer hunt on Oct. 25, 2008.

“Consider the Challenge program as a ‘graduate studies’ course for hunter education students,” says Jennifer Pittman, Shooting Sports Coordinator. “This program will include events that simulate realistic conditions in order to reinforce and test a young hunter’s skills.”

The Challenge has six components: archery, air rifle, safety trail challenge, orienteering, wildlife identification and responsibility. Participants receive scores for each component with a maximum total high score of 500. Competitions include two divisions – Junior (age 14 and younger) and Senior (age 15-18). The top 10 scoring participants at each local competition (in each Division) are eligible for the state Challenge.

For the upcoming River Bend adult/child hunt, all youth hunters can participate in the local Challenge if they wish – no pre-registration is required.

For more information on this or other upcoming Challenge events, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com or call 770-918-6416.