Ducks Unlimited hopes to make Day Camp an annual event
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
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Depending on the level of success Saturday, Ducks Unlimited might be developing an event that will help local youth for years to come.

A tri-county Day Camp is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Barkley State Park Trap Range. Youth from Trigg, Caldwell and Christian counties are invited to attend.

“Trigg County and surrounding communities have been extremely supportive of Ducks Ünlimited,” said Phil Howard of the local group.

That support has led DU to schedule an event that gives back to those communities by educating youth on the local environment and wildlife.

There are over 50 participants in the local Green Wings program designed for under-17 members of Ducks Unlimited.

“This is about making sure our grandkids and their kids have the wildlife and habitat that we enjoy here,” Howard said. “We want them to have an appreciation and respect for the land and wildlife.”

Trigg County is located under a major flyway from Canada and is also a major breeding area for ducks and other wildlife. Keeping on eye on the environment, particularly in grass where much of the wildlife nests, is important, Howard said..

“We want to teach the importance of perserving that habitat,” Howard said. “We need to get them involved in the conservation effort early in their life.”

There are many Green Wings events across Kentucky and the United States, but this will be the first to be held in the Trigg County area.

“We want to initiate something here that’s similar to ‘Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Outdoors’ like Murray has, or the fishing event in Christian County,” Howard said. “It’s a perfect environment for it here.”

Howard said he hopes for good turnout at the initial Day Camp and believes the number of Trigg Countians with interest in the outdoors should help increase attendance.

“It makes a difference because there is already that knowledge about our local environment and wildlife,” Howard said.

Howard said Ducks Unlimited is working with 4-H groups in local areas to try to expand what they can offer for future events and increase attendance.

“I think once people know what we’re trying to do and know that it’s going to be safe, fun and informative, over time we’ll have more kids come out,” Howard said. “Some places in Kentucky have over 500 kids come to events like this.”

The day will be full of interactive and informative events, including wildlife discussions and demonstrations with live animals, as well as outdoor safety presentations by personnel from the Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. East Golden Pond Volunteer Fire Department personnel will provide presentations on fire safety in the home and outdoor storm safety.

Other events include gun safety and clay pigeon shooting demonstrations. Participants will be allowed to shoot beebee guns at targets or shoot clay pigeons on the range.

The national champion Trigg County Arrowcats will give an archery demonstration which will be followed by participant archery shooting. Additionally, a bait casting competition will be offered for all who want to try their hand at tossing practice balls into a bucket.

Participants will learn how to and make wood duck nesting boxes, some of which will be mounted in the lake area and be available for wood ducks to use next spring.

T-shirts will be given to the first 50 children who register for the day. Cost is $7 per child and $5 for each additional child in the family. To obtain a registration form or additional information, call Phil Howard at 924-3632, Laurie Moquin at (502) 777-3678 or Nick Gresham at (270) 885-0238.
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