Shooting club helps fund scholarship

Top Camper Hunter Mericle stands next to the Sgt. Tyler Juden Memorial plaque at the Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.

The Cowley County 4-H Shooting Sports Club presented a check of appreciation for the Tyler Juden Memorial Scholarship to the Sporting Friends of Cowley County members. Sgt. Tyler A. Juden, of Arkansas City, died Sept. 12, 2009 due to injuries sustained during active duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

The 4-H members raised the funds at their annual banquet to show appreciation for the many county members that have been involved with the scholarship in the past several years. This year’s scholarship recipients were Hunter Mericle and Faith Brown, both of Winfield, both receiving the Top Camper award for their camping session.

The scholarship covers a 12-day stay at the NRA Whittington Center Adventure Camp at Raton, N.M. The campers, ages 13-17, spend time on many different ranges with trained marksman from across the U.S., learning shooting fundamentals to firearm safety, marksmanship and basic wilderness survival skills. Campers learn wilderness map reading, how to prepare a hunting camp, animal tracking, how to use game calls, care of downed game and an understanding of wildlife management techniques. Some enjoy a simulated big game hunt with a few days and nights under the stars.

The Sporting Friends of Cowley County are host to the Tyler Juden Memorial Youth Hunter Education Challenge on Sunday at the Baird Ranch, south of Silverdale. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the challenge is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NRA’s YHEC provides a fun and practical environment for kids, ages 10 to 17, to develop and improve their hunting, marksmanship and safety skills. Through its simulated hunting situations, live fire exercises and responsibility events, YHEC builds upon skills learned in basic hunter education courses and encourages safer, lifelong hunting habits. From rifle, bow and muzzleloader shooting at life-sized targets, to hunter education and more, YHEC participants receive hands-on training in various skill areas, giving them expertise in all methods of take and all types of game. All firearms and ammunition will be provided by Sporting Friends of Cowley County and generous sponsors like the NRA Foundation.

For more information about the Cowley 4-H Shooting Sports Club, visit www.4hshootingsportscowleyks.com or call Austin Waite at (620) 222-1982. Cowley County 4-H offers many other project areas — for more information on those areas, call the Cowley County Extension office at (620) 221-5450.

For more information about the upcoming YHEC event, contact Sarah Griggs at (620) 441-7442.

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