“Our objective is to create habitat for our wildlife,” said Ken Wilkinson, the media contact for the H.C. Edwards Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society — an international conservation group.
To work on their goal of habitat expansion, the local chapter planted 275 fruit trees this year — including apple, mulberry and persimmon.
According to Wilkinson, many wild animals need these new trees because many national forests are “over-mature.”
“[Most] wildlife prefers the young forest for food and cover,” he explained. “Otherwise, the canopy is too tall.”
On June 29, the chapter is hoping to raise money to continue their various habitat projects, such as tree planting, by hosting a Sporting Clays Challenge fundraiser at the Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays in Mount Crawford.
Wilkinson says all levels of shooters are welcome to attend the event. Instructors will be on hand to assist first-time gun users, and wobble traps and the five stands will be available for the advanced. Wilkinson insists the fundraiser will be a “safe event” and adds that all ages can participate.
“It’s a family-oriented day,” he said. “We’ll have young kids there, too.”
Registration for the Ruffed Grouse Society Sporting Clays Challenge starts at 8 a.m. June 29 at Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays in Mount Crawford. Shooting will be from 9 a.m.-noon.
The 100-target shoot costs $50 per individual; $180 for a four-person team.
A 50-target shoot is offered for persons 15 and younger at a cost of $30. Lunch is included. Proceeds benefit the RGS Virginia Drummer Habitat Fund.
Note: Shotguns only.
Contact Katie King at (540) 574-6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.