Hunter skills teams competing this weekend

Published 9:21 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

Seven teams will represent Davie County at the District 7 NC Youth Hunter Education Skills tournament on Saturday, March 17 at Hunting Creek Shooting Preserve in Harmony.

Davie High School will field two teams, Ellis Middle one team, and North and South Davie middle schools, two teams each. Winners will advance to the state tournament.

NC Youth Hunter Education Skills is an opportunity for middle and high school age youth, male and female, to be on a team and learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, achieving team goals and gun safety.

Participants compete in shotgun, archery, rifle, orienteering and a written hunter skills exam. They are judged by members of the NC Wildlife Association.

Each participant has passed the NC Wildlife Hunter Education class and a test given by a certified instructor.

The junior teams begin practices in October, while the senior teams begin in December. The teams practice three times a week on improving their skills and knowledge.

Seventy-one teams participated in last year’s event. Spectators are encouraged to attend the event to cheer on the local teams.