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The WVDNR National Hunting & Fishing Days at the Adventure On! Freedom Festival

National Hunting & Fishing Days featuring the WVDNR Youth Challenge!

This event, which has been hosted by the WVDNR for decades, is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of hunting, fishing, and conservation in West Virginia. Staff from the WVDNR Wildlife Resources and Law Enforcement sections will be available throughout the weekend to answer any questions visitors may have. Additionally, the Outdoor Youth Challenge will be available to anyone 18 and younger.

Kids can participate in a variety of outdoor activities throughout the weekend and be entered into a drawing for prizes! And don’t forget to stop by the Big Buck and Trophy Fish display to view some of the best trophy mounts in the state.

Young people are exposed to a multitude of activities and displays with real hands-on learning and instructional opportunities that will encourage them to gain important knowledge and experience about wildlife, hunting, fishing, firearms safety and outdoor recreation.  Young folks can choose only to participate or they can compete. The Outdoor Youth Challenge is perhaps the most important event at National Hunting and Fishing Days because, for some youngsters, this may be the only opportunity they will have to be exposed to these fun and exciting outdoor activities.

Outdoor Youth Challenge

Children between the ages 17 and under are invited to participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge (OYC). The Outdoor Youth Challenge is both a youth expo and competition, which is held annually at National Hunting and Fishing Days.  Young people can experience a multitude of activities and displays with real hands-on learning and instructional opportunities that will encourage them to gain important knowledge and experience about wildlife, hunting, fishing, firearms safety, and outdoor recreation.  

The OYC is an incredibly important event at National Hunting and Fishing Days because, for some children, this may be the only opportunity they will have to be exposed to these fun and exciting outdoor activities. With the ongoing national efforts towards the recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3), the OYC has become a pivotal component toward the future of conservation in
West Virginia.

Participants must register and pick up an Outdoor Youth Challenge card before participating. There will be booths setup throughout the Summit Bechtel Reserve for registration.

Activities can be completed during one or several days. Cards must be returned to the registration area once completed if participant wants to be entered into prize drawings. Prizes will be announced at a later date.

Youth Challenge Activities*

  • Wildlife Identification
  • Deer Field Dressing/Skinning
  • Squirrel Field Dressing/Skinning
  • Fish Filleting Demonstration
  • Fish Identification/Stock Truck/Fish Tank
  • Casting
  • Knot Tying
  • Electroshock Boat
  • Bird Identification
  • Know Your Trees
  • Boating and Water Safety
  • DNR Law Enforcement Challenge
  • Fishing
  • Archery
  • Laser Shot
  • .22 Rifle Shooting
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Muzzleloader Shooting
  • Pellet Gun Shooting
  • Sustainability Tree House

*Activities are subject to change
All activities that require an extra fee (shooting range, laser shot, etc.) will be optional for the Outdoor Youth Challenge.

Adventure On! Freedom Festival
September 10-12, 2021 | Glen Jean, WV