Brothers In The Hunt At State Competition

OUTDOORS

June 19, 1991|By Marie V. Forbes

Young Fernando Aguilar and his 14-year-old brother, Andy, have become experienced outdoorsmen and hunters through the Carroll 4-H OutdoorFun Club's hunter-safety program.

The Aguilars, along with 18 other club members, traveled to Waldorf in Charles County Saturday to test their skills in state competition.

The Aguilars have attended practice regularly on Friday nights atthe Dug Hill Rod and Gun Club, near their Manchester home. The club serves as their team's sponsor, providing facilities, training, ammunition and supplies.

Fernando, or "Fred" as he is called, will enter 10th grade at North Carroll High next fall. The 12-year-old uses a .22-caliber rifle for still target shooting but likes archery best.

Both boys use 12-gauge shotguns for clay target shooting. Andy, 14,expects to tally his best scores in that event.

The brothers alsocompeted in archery, map and compass reading, and hunter-safety events.

More important than the contests, though, the program exposed the Aguilar brothers and other participants to rigorous tests of their hunter-safety skills.

"We learn about being responsible hunters," Andy said. "You learn how to climb fences with your gun, to keep the safety on when you're carrying it. You never, ever, point a gun at a person even with the safety on."

Participants' ages in the YouthHunter Safety Program junior group run from 10 to 12; senior group members are 13 to 18.

Saturday's schedule in Waldorf was a strenuous one, with registration at 8 a.m., a hunter responsibility exam at 9and shooting events the rest of the day, which ended at 6:30 p.m.

Coach John Sies of Millers said the county participants performed admirably.

"I was with the junior team all day," he said. "Most had never been to a shoot before, but they managed quite well."

The opposing team, from Allegany County, took first place overall, making it eligible to represent Maryland in national competition in New Mexico the week of July 27.

The Carroll team placed second in the junior division, and members finished second and third in senior division events.

The boys' father, Morris Aguilar, is one of the team's coaches.

Aguilar expressed disappointment at what he called a lack ofstate support for the hunter-ed program and the poor turnout at the event.

"This program is where kids learn to respect firearms and to use them safely," he said. "If the program is dropped, it's very likely you will see an increase in hunting accidents."

In past years, there were trophies awarded to each team member as well as trophiesfor each event, he said. This year, only one trophy was awarded per team and one trophy to the top-scoring individual.

"The kids were disappointed," he said.

Sies said it is possible that lack of money for the Department of Natural Resources has had an impact, since DNR finances the hunter-education program.Other county scores (based on100 points):

Senior Team I -- Ages 18 and younger

Andrew Aguilar: Hunter Responsibility -- 84; Light Rifle -- 16; Shotgun -- 72; Archery -- 28; Orienteering -- 28; Wildlife Identification -- 40.

Eric Crawford: Hunter Responsibility -- 74; Light Rifle -- 36; Shotgun -- 64; Archery -- 16; Orienteering -- 12; Wildlife Identification -- 36

Ben Fair: Hunter Responsibility -- 94; Light Rifle -- 24; Shotgun -- 76; Archery -- 16; Orienteering -- 68; Wildlife Identification -- 64

Aaron Sonn: Hunter Responsibility -- 94; Light Rifle -- 24; Shotgun -- 48; Archery -- 24; Orienteering -- 73; Wildlife Identification -- 52

Ken Sterner: Hunter Responsibility -- 86, Light Rifle -- 28; Shotgun -- 56; Archery -- 56; Orienteering -- 90; Wildlife Identification -- 80

* Fair and Sonn tied with Cumberland team member for top senior score in Hunter Responsibility; Sterner had top seniorscore in Wildlife Identification.

Senior Team II -- Ages 18 and younger

Jason Elmo: Hunter Responsibility -- 82; Light Rifle -- 24;Shotgun -- 52; Archery -- 36; Orienteering -- 38; Wildlife Identification -- 48

Marti Fair: Hunter Responsibility -- 80; Light Rifle -- 8; Shotgun -- 40; Archery -- 28; Orienteering -- 53; Wildlife Identification -- 48

Joseph Palmerino: Hunter Responsibility -- 88; Light Rifle -- 8; Shotgun -- 40; Archery -- 40; Orienteering -- 46 1/2; Wildlife Identification -- 56

Chris Fleming: Hunter Responsibility-- 72; Light Rifle -- 4; Shotgun -- 28; Archery -- 28; Orienteering -- 45 1/2; Wildlife Identification -- 36

Robert Ward: Hunter Responsibility -- 84; Light Rifle -- 8; Shotgun -- 16; Archery -- 40; Orienteering -- 32; Wildlife Identification -- 48

Junior Team -- Ages 14 and younger

Fernando Aguilar: Hunter Responsibility -- 70; Light Rifle -- 0; Shotgun -- 20; Archery -- 16; Orienteering -- 56; Wildlife Identification -- 32

Dan Clisham: Hunter Responsibility -- 82;Light Rifle -- 24; Shotgun -- 28; Archery -- 12; Orienteering -- 11;Wildlife Identification -- 40

Dan Long: Hunter Responsibility -- 72; Light Rifle -- 12; Shotgun -- 32; Archery -- 20; Orienteering -- 2; Wildlife Identification -- 56

Jason Murphy: Hunter Responsibility -- 78; Light Rifle -- 24; Shotgun -- 28; Archery -- 44; Orienteering -- 22; Wildlife Identification -- 48

Steve Zimmerman: Hunter Responsibility -- 88; Light Rifle -- 12; Shotgun -- 28; Archery -- 32; Orienteering -- 77; Wildlife Identification -- 56

* Zimmerman had the top junior score in Orienteering.

Individual Competitors

Bill Murphy: Hunter Responsibility -- 82; Light Rifle -- 60; Shotgun --36; Archery -- 68; Orienteering -- 1; Wildlife Identification -- 56

Cassey Allender: Hunter Responsibility -- 86; Light Rifle -- 0; Shotgun -- 8; Archery -- 12; Orienteering -- 10 1/2; Wildlife Identification -- 56

James Ballard: Hunter Responsibility -- 88; Light Rifle -- 16; Shotgun -- 52; Archery -- 28; Orienteering -- 71 1/2; Wildlife Identification -- 64

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