The Mountain Bible Church-sponsored “Shoot for the Heart” series of outdoor seminars continues at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 22 with Chuck Youngkers leading a presentation on “Arizona Coues Whitetail” deer.
Youngkers, a renowned Rim Country hunter, will give tips on how to find, hunt and score the deer.
Also, a display of 12 whitetail deer that scored either on the Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett record books will be set up at the church.
In Arizona, Coues deer are found from the southern border with Mexico up to the Mogollon Rim.
The deer’s antlers are different than those of mule deer in that they consist of tines arising from a main beam, which curve forward. Bigger bucks usually have three to four tines per side.
The deer’s coats are grayish-brown with white under parts. Locals can quickly identify a whitetail, even if it’s on the run, by its long, broad tail that is white underneath and usually carried high when the species is alarmed
The deer are much smaller than muleys — bucks stand just over 30 inches at the shoulder and usually weigh less than 100 pounds.
In addition to Youngkers’ presentation on whitetail, the seminar will feature door prizes, desserts and games and contests for children.
At the conclusion of the May seminar, Shoot for the Heart will take a two-month break before returning to the Rim Country sports scene with more seminars.
The upcoming presentation will be the fifth in Mountain Bible’s ongoing series that tipped in January with professional fisherman Clifford Pirch leading a seminar on successful bass angling.
Others were held on mountain lion, outdoor cooking, and mule deer.
The idea behind Shoot for the Heart is to provide a stage for outdoorsmen and women to gather in a show of camaraderie to share fishing, hunting, camping and other outdoor stories, tips and suggestions. The church’s Web site says, “The purpose is to help families who love the outdoors become better hunters and fishermen, and build relationships with others who share the same interests.”
For more information on Shoot for the Heart, call (928) 472-7800.
EVO to host town meet
All proceeds from the upcoming Town of Payson Community Swim Meet will benefit the 2010 edition of the Payson Pikes swim team.
The meet will be held June 5 beginning with a warm up at 8 a.m. The meet will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The entry fee is $5 and registration will be held the day of the meet, closing at 8:30 a.m.
Entrants will compete in one of 12 age groups.
EVO Swim School, which will this summer take over management of Taylor Pool from the town, sponsors the event.
For those interested in the lessons, registration started May 1 and may be completed by calling EVO at 1-539-877-5009.
Coach Arnold Stonebrink and his staff will host a junior volleyball camp July 1 and 2 in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium.
Sessions will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The camp is open to all student-athletes entering fifth- to ninth-grade next school year.
The fee is $30 per player.
The camp is co-sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, call Joseph Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.