February 07, 2014
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Children participate in the 17th annual Barbour County (Ga.) Wildlife Management Area Youth Hunt on Feb. 1.​

Winn-Dixie store No. 478 in Eufaula, Ala. showed its support to the Barbour County, Ala. Lions Club by lending a helping hand to its annual “youth hunt” Feb. 1.

The 17thannual Barbour County Wildlife Management Area Youth Hunt offered more than 350 area children with an outdoor experience unlike any other. The event has gotten increasingly popular over the years, growing to be the largest in Alabama and Georgia, and the third largest in the country.

Children received instruction in a variety of hunting, fishing and wilderness survival techniques. They learned archery, skeet, BB gun and slingshot shooting, while also receiving information about the importance of gun safety. In addition, participants also got to learn how to read a compass and hunt for squirrels and rabbits with squirrel dog handlers and trained rabbit hounds.

Winn-Dixie provided lunch for participants, including 1,000 hotdogs and buns with toppings and condiments, potato chips and coleslaw.

“This is a highly-anticipated event for Barbour County and one that we really enjoy being a part of,” said Store No. 478 Director Brian Briggs. “We support the Eufaula Lions Club in their efforts to keep kids off the street, while teaching them to appreciate their outdoor environment.”

Alabama Game and Fish Conservation Officers at the Barbour County Management Area helped supervise and teach the kids.

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