The program conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service involves active participation of youth in friendly, educational competition with the goal of introducing youth to the outdoors and teaching them to be stewards of their natural resources.
Participants represent counties from across the state and Goliad County was well represented with eight teams this year.
All eight teams successfully competed in a variety of events, including sport fishing, canoe racing, rifle, shotgun, archery, knot tying, outdoor safety, first aid, wildlife identification, park symbols, identification of animal tracks, gear judging, scoring antlers, and aging deer. Teams were divided into age groups to include juniors (8-10), intermediates (11-13) and seniors (14-18).
Kolby Janssen and Matthew Kutz took first place in the junior male/male team division. Teresa Justice and Madlynn Friedrichs were second in the junior female/female team division.
Cody Shedd of Victoria County and Riley Bohls won the junior co-ed team title.
Jonathan Raska and Cecelia Schoener took first place in the intermediate co-ed team division.
Shaun Justice and Raleigh Friedrichs placed fourth in the intermediate co-ed competition and Kyle Stock and Taylor Haith placed fifth.
David Stewart and Wesley Bohls earned recognition in the intermediate male/male division and Kassidy Bego and Ethan Whaley took first in the senior male/male team event.
“This is such a fun event,” Raska said. “Everyone is like family, supports each other, and works together to help each other out.”
Challenge participants thanked their parents, Game Warden Bill Zappe, TPWD Biologist Josh Turner, Coleto Creek Reservoir staff, and Canoe Trail Goliad, Inc., for their support in helping the youth prepare for the outdoor challenge.