Shooting for charity: Texas Game Warden Association holds fundraiser
By FROM NEWS RELEASE
Oct. 14, 2010 at 5:14 a.m.
Skeet shooting skeet will have a chance Saturday to shoot to support a charity.
The Texas Game Wardens Association Victoria Fun Shoot starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Victoria Skeet and Trap Club.
The event costs $100 per participant, or $400 for a team of four.
The money will go the Texas Game Wardens Association, raising money to fund their community outreach programs, which are mostly focused on getting young people interested in outdoor sports like hunting and fishing.
"It's important to get kids out there and get them interested in the outdoors and outdoor sports," Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden Rex Mayes said. "People who learn to appreciate the outdoors will be more interested in conservation, and we need these kids growing up aware of how important the environment is."
As hunting has gotten more expensive over the years, Mayes said, fewer and fewer people are taking up outdoor sports.
He's hoping those who turn out for the skeet shoot will be encouraged to try other outdoor pursuits because there are ways to enjoy the outdoors without having to spend thousands of dollars.
While those interested in participating in the event should have some experience with a rifle, Mayes said the game wardens are hoping to see a lot of young people at the event.
"Kids spend too much time inside on the Internet or watching TV. This is a great way to get them out there, and start getting them interested in the outdoors. They're going to be the ones making decisions about it in the future," Mayes said.