Crossroads NWTF conducts Jakes event in Reed City

REED CITY — It was a busy Saturday morning earlier this month at the Reed City Sportsman Club.

The Crossroads Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation its second Jakes event.

Marshall Wickens, of Tustin, was in charge of the event.

“Activities are shotgun, rifle and archery shooting,” he said, adding the event provided the opportunity “to introduce kids to the outdoors and a shooting sport. We had a pretty good turnout last year and it was received real positively. So we said ‘we’ll do it again.’”

Wickens said there was another Jakes event in Alma the same day.

“They’re not sponsored by the rod and gun clubs, but by the National Wild Turkey Federation chapters,” he said. “The Reed City Rod & Gun Club donated its facilities for this event.”

The weather cooperated for the Crossroads NWTF chapter. Evan Traynor, chapter president, said there were 27 individuals at the event. Around 10 were jakes, classified as being youngsters through age 17.

“It’s a perfect day,” Wickens said. “We timed it just right.”

Wickens has tried to remain as active in outdoor activities as possible.

“I don’t do as much fishing as I used to,” he said. “I do a little bit of turkey hunting but the turkeys won this year. There were quite a few turkeys.”