Local kids casted off at Tri-Valley Wildlife for the 12th annual JAKES Day.
JAKES stands for, Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship. Around 80 kids, ages 17 and under, were learning different aspects of the outdoors. The most popular events are fishing, archery and BB gun shooting.
“So we are trying to introduce them and keep them interested in a lot of natural resource based outdoor events in promoting that and instilling that into them as they mature into adults,” says Dick Sorg a co-chair of JAKES Day.
Sorg says he believes these events give children a greater respect for nature. Participant Nate Harper may only be 5 years old, but he loves coming to JAKES Day.
“So I can learn to catch fish and cast things out and catch stuff,” says Harper.
Nate caught a 5 inch bass. Donna Hampp came to JAKES Day last year and couldn’t wait to return this year.
“It is really fun to do the archery, they teach you how many fingers to hold up and the BB guns are really fun too,”tells 7 year old Donna Hampp.
JAKES Day is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation and ran from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m.