Phil McCarthy displays a beautiful New Hampshire gobbler from a recent hunt. McCarthy says he is fortunate enough to hunt four to six states each year.
Hometown: Peabody, Mass.
Home NWTF Chapter: North Shore Chapter - Beverly, Mass.
Family: Wife of 7 years, Anne. "I couldn't be more appreciative of her patience with my passion for the sport," Phil says. Phil also hunts a lot with his cousin, Justin Torelli. "I called in his first gobbler for him and he has now exploded into a regular turkey slayer!"
Notable Facts: Phil is a Massachusetts NWTF Board Member and past president of the Northeast Massaschusetts Longbeards.
NWTF: Phil, how did you get involved volunteering with the NWTF?
Phil McCarthy: In 1997, a newly founded chapter opened near my home. I attended a couple of meetings, eager to meet fellow turkey hunters who shared the same passions for the sport and the bird itself.
Shortly thereafter, I made friends with volunteer Bob Gasparini, who ascended to the presidency of the local chapter. I became involved as a committee volunteer under his and Regional Director Tom Nannery's tutelage. As time passed, I became a Treasurer and then President of the local chapter and have since become part of the Massachusetts State Board of Directors, where I was able to undertake the process of pursuing our Youth Hunt Program in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
NWTF: What's your favorite thing about the outreach programs like JAKES, Wheelin' and WITO?
PM: All of our outreach programs are important, but JAKES, in particular, presents volunteers with an opportunity to reach so many families and through those encounters, show folks just what the mission of NWTF is. My favorite thing about our outreach programs is the passion that our volunteers share for conservation, hunting rights and passing on the heritage.
NWTF: How often do you get to turkey hunt?
PM: I am fortunate to have a job that allows me a lot of opportunity to hunt in both the spring and fall. I've turkey hunted 15-17 states, and usually hunt 4-6 states per year. I probably average about 20 days in the spring turkey woods per year. There have been extraordinary experiences, such as watching toms gobbling in the trees, and having hens literally in the tree above my head. But once on the ground, they do what turkeys do — grind you to a pulp and make you look foolish! I'm still loving it, though.
NWTF: What does it take to host outreach events and banquets that are fun and keep people coming back?
PM:You have to be prepared to go the extra mile. It can be tough to haul in large crowds here in New England to help raise money for our organization, but NWTF volunteers are always the most caring and passionate people, doing what they can to further the cause. I've had the privilege of meeting some of the most wonderful folks through the NWTF, and feel blessed to have turkey hunting brothers and sisters all across the country!
Phil, why should people join the NWTF?
PM: We want folks to join the NWTF to help us with our outreach efforts, like our successful Youth Hunt Program, so we can pass the traditions of hunting and conservation to a new generation. We hope that by joining the NWTF, members can help us spread the message of conservation of our great game bird and the enjoyment of time shared afield. Together, we can do it!
NWTF: Anything else you'd like to mention?
PM: I want to thank Dr. Mark Tisa and Jim Cardoza of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife for all their hard work in conjunction with our state chapter. Thanks to all the volunteers and families that participated in the Youth Hunt Program this spring. I was honored to represent the Massachusetts NWTF Board and its members, our President Brian Korte, longtime volunteers like Ron Gleason and the "godfather of turkey hunting" in Massachusetts, Joe Judd, during this program. Their patience and support were instrumental to the success of the Youth Hunt Program!