Past Redding Chapter president and current committee member Jim VanOrnum (L) and current President Chris Staup (R) say that Turkey Hunters Care is one of the most rewarding parts of their chapter's outreach efforts.
Town: Redding, Calif.
President: Chris Staup
Chapter Created: 1999
Banquet: 11th Annual- March 14, 2009, Anderson, Calif.
Chapter E-mail: email@example.com
What NWTF program is most important to your chapter, and why?
We enjoy doing anything that helps kids to get involved with the outdoors. However, our members are most excited about the Turkey Hunters Care Program. Through the program, we have been fortunate enough to donate more than a ton of frozen domestic turkeys each year to a local food bank as well as one of the local 4-H chapters. These turkeys are then dispersed to the hungry through these great groups. We look forward to this each year. It's a great program because it is different than the conservation efforts we are known for and it lets us reach a different demographic of our community.
How does your chapter reach out to people in your community to promote conservation, hunting and the shooting sports?
We support our county-wide 4-H shooting sports team with competition entry fees, and even donated two shotguns that are used to introduce some kids to the sport that do not have access to a shotgun.
We also support the California Department of Fish and Game's Kids Fishing Days. We help with the event in Anderson and pay for the bait for the three events held near us. The three events in 2007 and 2008 had just over 9,000 kids from across Northern California participating!
Our chapter has donated four .22 rifles to one of our local Hunter Safety instructors to use during the live fire portion of his class. Two are the small youth rifles that work well for the younger kids. We've also done things like sponsor youth pheasant hunts in the area and donate Turkey Education Boxes to local schools.
How important is outreach (JAKES, Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen) programs to your chapter?
In short, these programs are why we are here! Our philosophy is to be all-inclusive and provide a program for everyone, and I believe our focus on the family is why we retain more volunteers.
What do you do at your banquet to get people there and keep them coming back?
The bottom line is that we want everyone to have fun. We want the whole family to come to our dinner, so we offer games just for kids and ladies. This has worked well, as we have sold out for the last few years.