Kanab’s Red Butte Chapter of Quail Forever is holding a Youth Trap Shoot Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kanab Trap & Skeet Club located between the Kaneplex and Kane County Public Safety Complex.  The event is free to kids 17-years-old and younger with parental consent.  Prizes, donated by Lumber Plus, Honey’s Marketplace, Cedar Post Trading Co., and MuleyCrazy will be awarded to the event’s top youth shooters. The event banner was donated by Quality Printing.

“We are hoping to have at least 30 kids participate in the event,” said Harry Barber, Chapter Youth/Education chair.  “If they have their own shotgun, bring it…and ear and eye protection.  The Red Butte Chapter will provide each youth participant a box of shells and a round of 25 clays.  The gun club does have a limited number of guns available for use, as well as eye and ear protection.  And please remember, all guns must be unloaded and the actions open when not actually being used on the range.”

Parents are also invited and encouraged to shoot.  Adults will be charged the club rate for shells and clays.

Following the shoot, Houston’s Catering will provide lunch for $5 a plate.  A raffle will also be held for a Remington Express 20-gauge youth model, donated by Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.  Raffle tickets are $5 a piece, or five for $20.

Quail Forever is dedicated to the conservation of quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.  At the heart of Quail Forever is the unique grassroots system of fundraising and project development that allows members to see the direct result of their contributions.  Quail Forever, Pheasants Forever’s sister organization, empowers county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent - the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.  As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.

The Red Butte Quail Forever Chapter formed earlier this year in an effort to both improve the habitat for the area’s native Gambel’s Quail, and provide opportunities to get youth outdoors.  The chapter serves Kane and Garfield Counties.  Chapter officers are Larry Crutchfield, president; Jim Yelton, vice president; Dan Clarkson, treasurer; James Holland, habitat chair; and Harry Barber, youth/education chair.

“The community has been outstanding in showing its support for our chapter.  Local businesses have offered assistance and landowners are already getting in contact to find out how to improve habitat on their property.  The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and its biologists have been out on the ground helping us develop habitat improvement strategies.  On behalf of the chapter, I want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement,” said Crutchfield.

For more information about the Red Butte Quail Forever Chapter, including upcoming meetings and events, please contact Larry Crutchfield at 435-899-9203, or by email, paogunny@gmail.com. For more information on “The Habitat Organization” in Utah, contact Ryan Storm at 618-351-1234.