Friday April 15th was the annual Ultimate Turkey Hunt at the Savannah Rive Site. The hunt is a partnership between the Dept. of Energy that owns the land, The U.S. Forest Service that manages the land, and the National Wild Turkey Federation whose HQ is in nearby Edgefield. Twenty-four disabled hunters went forth into the turkey woods with a caregiver and a guide in search of a turkey hunting memory. Sixteen toms were harvested on a day that saw low gobbling activity, although three lucky hunters ended up taking two toms each. The sharing of fellowship among the hunters and volunteers is what helps to make this event so great and NWTF supplies items for a banquet-style silent auction and raffle during lunch. Lots of folks pitch in to make the event a success but this year Scott Ray of the U.S. Forest Service was recognized since he has recently transferred out of state for work.
To view past blog entries from the NWTF turkey hunt at SRS click here.
To view past blog entries about disabled hunting click here.
PhotosByJeffDennis: Illana Burkhart of NWTF Wheelin' Sportsmen presents some custom made turkey slate calls to Scott Ray who has accepted a promotion and moved on to the Oceola National Forest in Florida; Hunters still clad in camo and some of the harvest from Friday April 15th; Look at the fine set of hooks on this SRS bird - wowie!! ; Another sign said 'Don't gobble your message' - Ha, ha