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July 24th
Youth Trap Shoot

On Saturday, July 24, Nevada Outdoor School held its first annual trap shoot tournament for
youth ages 7-17. Thanks to a generous donation from the Chukar Chasers Foundation, this
event was free to all youth participants who were provided with a sweet hat, shells, safety
glasses, earplugs and NOS water bottles and sunglasses.
Nineteen youth participated in the event, with categories for ages 7-10, 11-13, and 14-17.
Trophies were awarded to the top three participants in each category. In the 7-10 age group,
the winners were – 1st – Jonathan Gildone, 2nd – Ian Allen, 3rd – Benjamin Bryant. In the 11-13 age group, the winners were – 1st – Txema Bengochea, 2nd – Maddox Lage, 3rd – Kira Wiley. In the 14-17 age group, the winners were – 1st - Christopher Gildone, 2nd – Tim Allen, 3rd – Lennox Zebroski.
HCSO Captain Sean Wilkin, NDOW Game Warden Zach Bowman, Damon Booth from the
Chukar Chasers Foundation, and the crew from the Winnemucca Trap Club shared firearm
safety skills, hunting rules and regulations, hunting ethics, and shooting techniques.
A Remington 770 243 Caliber Rifle with Scope was also donated by Jaylen Hinkle and raffled off to lucky participant - Judah Bryant!
We had a great turnout for our first event like this and were thrilled with the genuine interest the youth showed in learning a new outdoor recreation sport and how to safely handle shotguns.




July 19th-22nd
Backroad Explorers Camp

From July 19th- July 22nd Nevada Outdoor School held a Backroad Explorers Camp for ages 14-17 years old. The camp was held at the Virgin Valley Campground in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. The kids got to learn and test their knowledge on Leave No Trace with fun games and activities. They also got to go on a fairly challenging 2-mile hike up Thousand Creek Gorge. During this hike, the campers got to see many different plants and wildlife the refuge has to offer. After the hike, we drove up to the top of the Gorge to enjoy our lunch with the view of the Gorge below us. The next day we got to go explore the refuge by checking out the Kinney Camp. The campers got to learn a lot about the land and how the old homesteads ended up there. On the last day, the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Service Manager, Rebecca, got to stop by and talk to the campers about how Sheldon came to be and went over the Leave No Trace principles that they try to get all visitors to follow. Although it was smoky due to the wildfires we still got to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and explore a new place!



July 13th-16th
Winnemucca Adventure Camp (week 2)

During the week of July 13-16, we held our second Adventure Camp for youth participants ages 8-10. Throughout the week, campers learned how to work together and make new friends through teambuilding activities, made camp crafts, and learned how to be better stewards of the outdoors through Leave No Trace discussions and activities.
On the third day of camp, campers spent the day exploring Water Canyon and had an overnight campout where they learned how to set up camp, fed ranch animals, and had an evening program with songs and stories.
Adventure Camp is the first summer camp and overnight campout experience for many of our participants, and we are happy to provide them with the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and be inspired to explore and care for the outdoors.

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