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Hunter Skills Weekend Features Variety of Courses at Holiday Lake May 19-21

Instructor and students work on shotgun skeet shooting skills, rifle marksmanship techniques and safe firearms handling at the Hunter Skills Weekend at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center. Photo courtesy Wendy Hyde, VA Hunter Education Association.
Instructor and students work on shotgun skeet shooting skills, rifle marksmanship techniques and safe firearms handling at the Hunter Skills Weekend at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center. Photo courtesy Wendy Hyde, VA Hunter Education Association.

Want to learn new hunting skills?  Or hone the ones you have? If so, this workshop is for you! On May 19-21,  Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, VA will host the Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend in partnership with the Virginia Hunter Education Association [VHEA] and DGIF.  The group of dedicated instructors will present 19 classes during the 1½ days that include archery, pistol, shotgun, bow hunting, bow fishing, predator hunting, skeet, survival, and upland bird shooting techniques.  Optional evening events include demonstrations and discussions on deer skinning skills and tree stand use and safety.  Participants in the waterfowl workshop can paint a duck decoy to take home.   Organizers see this as a step in the right direction toward preserving Virginia’s rich hunting heritage.

VHEA Wendy Hyde advises that course descriptions and registration information is available on the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center web site: www.holidaylake4h.com or by calling Holiday Lake at (434) 248-5444. Information can also be found on the Virginia Hunter Education Association web site: www.vahea.orgRegistration deadline is May 5, 2017.  The event is open to anyone age 11 and up.  Class size is limited so register early!

Feedback from last years event noted,  “This was exactly what I was hoping for as an adult that did not have the luxury of growing up around hunting,” and “As a newcomer to the hunting culture, I have to compliment all of the instructors on their professionalism and enthusiastic approach to teaching all levels.  As the “first line of defense” in engaging a novice, they do an amazing job of increasing interest level and desire to continue learning more.”  And for the entirely-volunteer staff of Hunter Education instructors, that’s exactly what they want to hear. 

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