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Fulton 4-H Shooting Sports receives grant from National Wild Turkey Federation in Illinois

LEWISTOWN, Ill. - The elected volunteer board for the National Wildlife Turkey Federation in Illinois met in January and awarded funds to support local programs such as scholarships, JAKES, WITO, 4-H, National Shooting Sports Association, Sportsmen’s Caucus, and Conservation Programs. This year, the Fulton County 4-H Shooting Sports program was selected and approved to receive funds by the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Chapter of the NWTF from the Hunting Heritage Super Fund. All projects were thoroughly considered by the board before decisions were made and voted upon. The board takes into consideration both habitat related projects that address the first half of their mission conservation of the wild turkey, as well as educational and shootings sports related projects that address the second half of their mission; preservation of the hunting heritage. The local NWTF Chapter of the Spoon River Gobblers was instrumental in nominating the Fulton County 4-H Shooting Sports Club to receive this funding. The grant will greatly assist the Fulton County 4-H Shooting Sports Club in purchasing ammunition, targets, safety glasses, ear protection, and other supplies needed to properly educate youth safety while handling firearms.

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Source:  Krista Gray, University of Illinois Extension, 309-547-3711,