The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 23, 2013

No child left indoors: Calling all Jakes


Xtreme JAKES

Xtreme JAKES gives youth ages 13-17 opportunities and challenges appropriate with their abilities and experiences. Xtreme JAKES learn to be responsible outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen through fishing, camping and other outdoor activities. They learn to identify plants and animals, as well as how to effectively call-in those elusive Toms (that’s a mature, adult male turkey) through hunting seminars.

JAKES Take Aim

The JAKES Take Aim program presents opportunities for youth under 17 to try target shooting, clay target shooting and shotgunning in a safe, fun environment. In addition, the Pennsylvania state chapter has a fully-equipped airgun trailer to use during local JAKES and youth events that contains everything needed to set up an indoor or outdoor airgun range.

Here’s a partial list of upcoming youth and women-focused events, sponsored by the local chapters that you might want to consider.  As I hear of more events, I’ll definitely include them in upcoming articles.


You and your family members can visit with some of the finest wild turkey from our valley at the Cabin Fever Expo that’s being held at the Mifflinburg High School.


Habitat improvement projects will be undertaken by the local chapters along with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. These are great events for young people to get hands-on experience and possibly complete school service project requirements.  

Typically, the chapters’ May monthly meetings are cancelled to allow for maximum Spring Gobbler hunting time. But at the June meeting there will be lots of bragging (and maybe some downright lying) about great gobbler hunts.  


The local chapters will kick off their first Women in the Outdoors event for the summer in our area on June 8 at the Montour Preserve and at the North Montour Sportsman’s Club. Please drop Melissa Letterman a line at to learn more about this event.  You can learn more about the events that will be held at the Buffalo Valley Sportsmen by visiting their website at Club members always host phenomenal events that include the Ladies Outdoors Day on June 15 and a JAKES Youth Field Day on Sept. 14.  

The Orangeville Sportsmen’s Youth Field Day will be held on Aug. 17. Call 683-6084 for more details.

The North Montour Youth Field Day in late August and more details will be included about this wonderful event when they are available.

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