Hunters participated in the Wheelin' Sportsmen Hunt in mid-November at Camp Disovery in Jackson County hosted by the Plateau Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Thirty-four hunters participated in the turkey hunt with seven birds harvested. Meals were provided Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, while 46 hunters participated on the deer hunt, including 14 hunters from the Wound Warrior program. Twenty-two hunters harvested deer. Meals were provided Friday night and three meals on Saturday, plus lodging at the camp provided for all participants.
These events give wheelin' sportsmen the opportunity to get back into the outdoors and take part in activities that they may not be able to do on their own or without assistance and support from programs like this.
These events provide a time for hunters to fellowship and share stories and learn from others with similar disabilities. The hunts also provide the opportunity for many volunteers to give back and be blessed by serving these men and women.
The Wheelin' Sportsmen program touches the lives of young and old, men and women and people from all walks and is extremely rewarding especially for those who are volunteering to help during the events.
TWRA assisted with checking in harvested animals and use of WMA properties. The Tennessee Jaycees Foundation allowed the use of Camp Discovery and the Army Corp of Engineers permitted the use of Cordell Hull Refuge and WMA.