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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kids Flock to RMEF for Youth Wildlife Conservation Field Day

More than 110 boys and girls age 2-16 recently spent a morning at the headquarters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Youth Wildlife Conservation Day. The free gathering offered an opportunity to learn about RMEF's conservation and hunting heritage mission, North America's wildlife and the value of spending time outdoors through a variety of hands-on activities. 

The archery manager from the local Sportsmen’s Warehouse taught basic skills and participants had the opportunity to take aim at targets. Just across the way, staffers from the local Cabela’s provided firearm handling and safety instruction as kids honed in on the bullseye inside an inflatable BB gun range. 

As part of the National Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign, Girl Scouts and the Be Bear Aware staff demonstrated the importance of appropriate safety techniques for hiking, camping and hunting in bear country, and for viewing and living with wildlife safely and responsibly. Youth even got to practice discharging bear spray by using test cans containing a benign spray formula. 

RMEF staff sponsored a paintball target game where youth practiced target shooting with paintballs and a slingshot. There was also a 45-foot climbing wall, a conservation activity corner, balloon entertainment and other activities. 

When the time came to go home, nobody did so empty handed. Everyone received a free copy of Bugle magazine, a RMEF hat and a calendar. Alps Outdoorz also offered a backpack through a drawing. On top of that, the first 50 youth that registered for the event received a free RMEF youth membership.

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