whs hunter's safety team

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Since: Apr 13

Lenoir, NC

#1 Apr 22, 2013
Most Watauga county residents don't know that WHS has a Hunter's Safety Team. This group of students have put a name out there for Watauga county schools and nobody knows! PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE MAKING NEGATIVE COMMEMTS!

few years ago a couple students, great teacher, and some wonderful parents took what they thought was a dream and made it a reality! The Hunter's Safety teams are not juat a local 'thing' its a national organization with the wildlife resource commission. They follow VERY strict rules and regulations. So don't think its a bunch of rednecks getting together to fire off a few rounds. Because it definitely isn't that!

Hunter safety, a course taught before you get your hunting license is just the start of where this group of students starts. Each participate is required to take, and pass this course befpre joining the team. This course must be taught by someone who is trained by the state of north carolina and licensed to teach auch courses.

The team takez the HS class to a whole new level! They practice shooting 22 long rifles in 4 shooting positions, shotguns at skeet, which is flying clay targets, archery, orientation, the use of a compass and stepping off a said distance, and knowledge of wildlife, knowledge of firearms composition and safel handling and much much more! Thses students must supplh their own firearms, and ammunition. They are required to wear all proper safety equipment at all times, maintain attendance and grades at school and practices, before they can participate on the team. This group shows outstanding dedication alomg with their parents. They practice multiple times a week together. Must study their book work for wildlife knowledge at home also. They all go to scrimmages in surrounding areas to practice with and against other schools. They even spent and entire day hosting a scrimmage at WGC.parents setting up amd cleaning up before daylight and until after dark, and it was wet and cold! The team participants in a reginal tournament one time in late winter early spring. The team shoots no matter the weather. They have been in the pouring rain, snow, knee deep mud, amd blazing heat. And they do it all with smiles! This year, 2013, this group of students mad a name for Watauga County Schools. They showed their passion for the sport, accuracy, and good sportsmanship at the reginal competition. They as a group were 9 points shy of qualifying for the state level competition, but because of their upmost respect for each other and the people around them all throughout the competition they were awarded one of the most respected and sought after awards. THE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD. which means out of the hundreds of participants at the event,WHS had a group of students that stuck out to all of the game wardens and officials as respectful and responsible. Multiple schools make comments to the coach that he brought a great group and that they were a delight because they had such a bond with each other and support of each other and other teams. And they were there to have fun and not worry about winning or loosing.

I thnk its amazing there is such a program locally. And that a group of students work so hard to put out a good name for the school, yet nobody knows about it because the school system doesn't support it, and doesn't even consider it an organized sport!!! They have ZERO support from their school, yet they make such a positive impact on other area schools and let WHS be knoe.for respectful students! The schools this group competes against, most practice with their firearms on school property! Ours, can't even email using the county email addressed for teachers because it gets blocked! And the teacher that is supposed to be supporting this team, has never even been ti a practice.

U think its time that this grohp gets a little bit of support from those around them!!!
Wow

Wilmington, NC

#2 Apr 23, 2013
Spend more time practicing spelling and grammar, and less time playing with your gun.
Young

Charlotte, NC

#3 Apr 23, 2013
Train them to kill before they graduate. Now our school shooters can be accurate! Great!
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#4 Apr 23, 2013
Nothing is wrong with teaching our youth about proper firearm safety, but obviously we need to prioritize.
Shooter

Gastonia, NC

#5 Apr 26, 2013
It's not any more of a waste of time to teach a high school student how to shoot a .22 rifle than it its to kick a soccer ball or bat a baseball. The chances of going pro in any sport are so low that it doesn't make sense to have any of them in schools from a strictly monetary point of view. I would have loved to have had a shooting team at my high school. Good job WHS shooters.
Really

Bear Creek, NC

#6 Apr 27, 2013
Shooter wrote:
It's not any more of a waste of time to teach a high school student how to shoot a .22 rifle than it its to kick a soccer ball or bat a baseball. The chances of going pro in any sport are so low that it doesn't make sense to have any of them in schools from a strictly monetary point of view. I would have loved to have had a shooting team at my high school. Good job WHS shooters.
I agree, it is a sport they will carry with them for a lifetime..Long after the balls and bats are forgotten, they will still enjoy the art of shooting.
Steve

Wilmington, NC

#7 Apr 27, 2013
Based on reading the original post, I doubt the kid will be making honor roll any time soon!
Really

Bear Creek, NC

#8 Apr 27, 2013
Steve wrote:
Based on reading the original post, I doubt the kid will be making honor roll any time soon!
True, yet if it offers the kids a format to focus their interest and occupy their spare time it may very well keep them on course and help avoid the pitfalls yielded by boredom or idle hours with nothing of interest to do.
Steve

Wilmington, NC

#9 Apr 27, 2013
I see what you're saying. I have always liked the idea of suspending kids from a team if their grades slip.
Impressed Mom

Charlotte, NC

#10 Apr 23, 2014
Love the incredible dedication of both the coaches and students! Why is it that if someone dares to do something different and encourage something new that others have to try to tear it down. Bravo to those who are encouraging our young people to be safe with the use of firearms or weapons.
Hunting is not going away....more and more people enjoy it! Love that our young people are learning to do it safely. Also love that it encourages our young people that just because your niche is not bouncing a basketball or hitting a ball out of the park, you can have a valuable extracurricular activity as well. Yes basketball, baseball, football are fantastic! I LOVE them too! But it isn't for everybody.

Team sports are valuable for much more than the actual skill that is taught. Working together, respect, positive attitude, camaraderie and much more is learned during a student's time with a team.

The comment about "now our shooters can be accurate"...come on that was really unnecessary. They are teaching how to be responsible and safe users. That was one of those "below the belt" comments anyway. I mean really?

I think it is great that we have coaches willing to pour this much effort and time into our young people and encourage them to excel!

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