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New hunting events offered at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show

A rare pairing of two major hunting trophy exhibits will be featured at the South Dakota Outdoor Adventures show during the 2009 Black Hills Stock Show.

The Stock Show’s first-ever hunting event will be a fund-raiser for the new South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures, a non-profit program that provides hunting experiences for youths who would not normally have the opportunity to enjoy this type of outdoor experience, including youths with handicaps.

South Dakota Outdoor Adventures will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn during the Stock Show’s first weekend.

The two trophy exhibits, Eastman’s Top Ten Mule Deer display and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Great Elk display, will not be in the same location anywhere else except for the National Sportsman’s Show in Reno, according to Ron Jeffries, general manager of the Black Hills Stock Show.

In addition, Cabela’s will exhibit some of its vast inventory of trophy animals.

“It’s a huge deal. Hunters are fired up when you talk to them about it,” Jeffries said.

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The show also will feature activities and demonstrations including laser hunting machines.

The South Dakota Outdoor Adventures show will be produced by South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures and the Black Hills Stock Show. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1.

This will be the outdoor show’s debut at the Black Hills Stock Show, but organizers hope to expand it in future years, Jeffries said.

Another highlight of the show will be the Great Outdoor Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Prizes to be auctioned include pheasant hunts, a guided deer hunt, an elk hunt and many other hunting-related items.

Various outdoor groups will have booths set up at the show.

Admission to the show will be $5 for adults, $2 for students 13-18 years old and free for children 12 and under. Each paid admission will be entered into a drawing for daily prizes.

SD Youth Hunting Adventures teaches hunting and firearms safety and provides hunts for underprivileged youths, according to group President Jim Scull of Rapid City.

“The outdoor show is a wonderful idea,” Scull said. “We feel people who come to the Stock Show would have a similar interest in wildlife.”

SD Youth Hunting Adventures is a non-profit coalition of youth and outdoor groups and businesses, including Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Black Hills Sportsmen, National Wild Turkey Federation, Safari Club International, South Dakota Bow Hunters Inc., South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, Mule Deer Foundation, Cabela’s, Black Hills Community Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills, the Rapid City Club for Boys, Youth & Family Services and the YMCA.

Other sponsoring organizations include Farm Credit Services of America, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, Black Hills Ammunition, Schmid Insurance Agency, Rapid Chevy, Black Hills Community Bank and Buffalo Chip Shooting Complex.

During 2008, 35 underprivileged children received hunter safety training and were taken on hunts. All the adults who accompany the youths go through the safety training with them, Scull said. He added about a dozen landowners hosted the hunts and shared with the youths the history of their land and the conservation programs they practice.

Mentors included GF&P staff who volunteered their time, Scull said.

“It’s been a wonderful experience,” he said. “We fully intend to continue this program through Big Brothers/Big Sisters.”

First Western Bank and Rapid City Clothing Co., as well as Cabela’s, also made significant donations to make the youth hunts possible, Scull said.

The South Dakota Outdoor Adventures show at the Holiday Inn will include a social for participating landowners. “We need to expand that program even more because we have more kids wanting to participate,” Scull said.

“The Stock Show event is an effort to raise a substantial sum of money to help fund the program,” Scull said.

For more information about this and other events at the 2009 Black Hills Stock Show, visit http://www.blackhillsstockshow.com.

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