The 4th Annual Shadehill Outdoor Youth Challenge, was held Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Boy Scout cabin on the south side of Shadehill Reservoir just South of Lemmon, SD. The challenge was geared toward introducing and testing youth in activities such as shooting sports, hunting and fishing. The events were scored and prizes were awarded and all who attended had a great time.
The ages of the participants range from 7 to 16 and are broken down into three age groups: 7-9; 10-12 and 13-16. The younger age group participated in BB gun shooting, casting and identification course, while the older two age groups tried their hand at trap shooting; .22 and .223 rifle shooting; archery, casting and a ‘shoot don’t shoot’ scenario as well as an identification course.
There was no fee to participate, but a guardian was required for each youth. Youth over age 12 must have passed a hunter’s safety course. This year there were 68 total youth participating in the challenge; 26 girls and 42 boys.
As a result of being a sponsor and helping on the day of the event, the SDSU Extension Lemmon Regional Center was able to connect with many stakeholders. SDSU Extension helps with preregistrations and providing materials for the identification course.
The list of sponsors is as follows: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; Friends of the NRA;, Pheasants Forever; Grand River Sportsman’s Club, Evanson-Jensen Funeral home, Grand River Honey Company, Smiths Drug; Vortex Optics; Sons of the American Legion; Geo’s Corner, Lemmon Trap and Skeet; Dacotah Bank; Lemmon IGA; SDSU Extension; Tennant’s Auto; Broadbent Reloading; Frito-Lay; Earth Grain Baking; Dakota Farm Equipment, Inc.; Grand River Grazing Association; Lemmon Fire Department; B and C Plumbing; South West Grain; Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union and Scheeles. Plus there are numerous private individuals that put time and money into helping host this event.
A good time was had by all and look forward to the 5th annual Shadehill Outdoor Youth Challenge.