David Gregory, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, said the Greenwing event is critical to fostering interest in the outdoors among young people today
Nearly a hundred youngsters from pre-school age to their mid-teens dropped their video games and cell phones for shotguns and archery gear Saturday.
The Rome chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted the annual Greenwing Youth Outdoor Day at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources compound on Floyd Springs Road.
Ryan Lindsey, area chairman for the Rome chapter of Ducks Unlimited, said the whole idea of the event is to get kids back outdoors. “We live in a day and time where cell phones, computers and video games are taking up more of our youth’s time,” Lindsey said. “There’s a lot more you can see and do outside than sitting in front of a computer with a video game or texting on a cell phone.”
Participants had an opportunity to shoot skeet with shotguns, try out their archery skills on 3-D targets and experience the Arrowhead Wildlife Education Center.