EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The Vermont State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a Wheelin’ Sportsmen event on May 19th and 20th for people with disabilities and disabled VETS. The event includes a fully guided turkey hunt.
“Getting outdoors to hunt, fish, or just enjoy nature, is freeing,” said Kaylee Campagna, NWTF-VT event coordinator. “This is our first year hosting this event and our volunteers are excited to get the ball rolling with this vital program. For some participants, this event will offer their first opportunity to reclaim an active lifestyle.”
Pre-registration is required by March 7, 2018. Participants are responsible for purchasing their hunting license and tag.
A BBQ style banquet and awards ceremony will be hosted on a later date in June. This will be a fun filled day for the hunters, volunteers and their families to come together and share stories and photos of their hunt. The event will be open to the public, providing anyone an opportunity to see what the hunt was all about and to join in on the celebrations as well.
Local and state NWTF chapters host thousands of similar events nationwide each year to introduce individuals with disabilities to the outdoors through the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunting Heritage Program. Each event also helps participants learn to stay active in the outdoors in between Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.
Many families enjoy hunting together and pass traditions on from one generation to another. Hunting is also important for the health of our nation’s wildlife and habitat because hunters help fund conservation. Wild turkeys and the management and hunting that go with them, contribute $2 billion to the American economy each spring.
For information about the Vermont NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt contact Kaylee Campagna at 802-363-8071 and/or Vermontwheelinsportsmenhunt@
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Kaylee Compagna at (802) 363-8071.