One of the goals of the Alabama Trappers and Predator Control Association is to educate youth in the sport of trapping. Two National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) events were held in June and ATPCA was represented in both.
Steve Phillips set up a trapping demonstration at the Tuscaloosa NWTF JAKES Day held at the Robertson Farm in Buhl, Alabama on June 6, 2015. JAKES is the acronym the NWTF uses for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge of Ethics and Stewardship. JAKES day events are designed to get young people introduced to the outdoors. Kids rotate through a number of stations where different activities occur. In addition to trapping demonstrations Steve instructed the kids on why trapping is a necessary tool in wildlife management.
Howard McDonald and Vicki Sievering attended the JAKES Day event held at Fort Toulouse in Wetumpka, Alabama. Youth could experience everything from rifle, shotgun, archery, muzzle loading, bb guns, hatchet throwing, chain saw carving, blacksmith, trappers, building birdhouses, outdoors first aid and more. Trapping questions asked by groups of girl scouts were answered and literature given out. It was a beautiful setting for some outdoor learning.