A “Youth in the Outdoors” event is coming up at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Reguge in Sumner. Click to hear KMZU’s Terry Cashatt talk with Spokesperson Jeff Hill:

Jeff Hill

The day will feature a large amount of activities geared at youth ages 0 through 17. Participating organizations and activities include:

  • The Highway Patrol, who will bring their rollover car
  • Friends of Swan Lake
  • Missouri Trapper’s Association, who will bring furs and traps for people to inspect
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation will have trap shooting
  • Unite Bowhunters
  • Duck Identification
  • A live bee hive will be present
  • Pistol crossbow shoot
  • Dog retrieving
  • Tower tours
  • String box
  • The Chariton County Sheriff will do fingerprinting
  • Quail Forever
  • BB gun shooting, pellet gun shooting
  • Western Wildlife Society
  • Layout blinds with decoy placement
  • Taxidermy

A calling contest will also take place at 2:30. “You need to bring your own calls,” said Hill, “Age categories are 1 to 7, 8 to 13, and 14 to 17, with first, second, and third place prizes for each group.”

The special event will be held Saturday, August 14th from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Sumner. Lunch will be served from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

More information on the reserve can be found at www.fws.gov/refuge/swan_lake.