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The NWTF hosts Jakes Day

GOBBLE GOBBLE — More than 100 young people attended the Springville Strutters National Wild Turkey Federation JAKES field day event on April 28, at the Springville Field and Stream. Photo provided by Rachael Smith.
SPRINGVILLE —The Springville Strutters chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation hosted 150 Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship members at a JAKES field day event, complete with outdoor activities, on April 28 at Springville Field and Stream.

Attendees learned about trap shooting, basic shot, archery, fishing with Southtown Walleye, bluebird house and wood duck house building, paracord bracelets, trapping with Erie Country trappers and other conservation-related topics.

The Springville Strutters JAKES Program chairman, Brian Smith, called the event “one of the best ways to get our youth interested and started in outdoor activities.”

JAKES program events are held, throughout the country, with a stated goal of teaching the principles of wildlife management and hunting to young people, 12 years old and younger.

Xtreme JAKES is designed for teens 13 – 17 years old. Activities include fishing, archery, hiking, mountain biking and game-calling, as well as instruction about hunting, conservation, wild turkeys and more.

JAKES members receive “JAKES Magazine.”

Each JAKES event focuses on conservation and outdoor recreation, with instructors’ teaching lessons about wildlife management.

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973. Its members have worked with wildlife agencies, to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million to nearly 7 million.

The NWTF’s partners, sponsors and members have raised more than $372 million, to preserve hunting and conserve 17 million acres of wildlife habitat.

For more information, contact Smith at 532-2159 or visit

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