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Disabled hunters wanted for spring gobbler hunt

| Sunday, March 2, 2003

"We need hunters," said Chris Estadt, regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

The Shenandoah Valley Ghost Gobblers Chapter of the NWTF, based in southwestern Ohio is sponsoring a disabled turkey hunt through the turkey federation's "Wheelin' Sportsmen Ultimate Team Up" program that gets hunters with disabliities involved in hunting opportunities.

The Wheelin' Sportsmen is an outreach program of the NWTF whose goal is to promote and provide people with disabilities the opportunity to have a positive outdoors experience. An Ultimate Team-Up is an event where a local chapter, community group or corporation 'team up' a handicapped person with an able-bodied individual who will aid in the hunt, such as setting out decoys and calling in a gobbler for the disabled hunter.

"The disabled hunters don't have to be experienced or expert turkey hunters. We'll help them get set up for the hunt, and our experienced turkey hunting guides will work as hard as they can to call a nice gobbler into range for the handicapped individual," Estadt said.

The Ohio special disabled hunt is scheduled for May 3-4, which coincides with the Ohio Spring gobbler season. All participants from this area must obtain a non-resident Ohio hunting license. The NWFT chapter will provide a $25 discount for registered disabled hunters.

The weekend hunt will begin with a May 2 dinner followed by a two-day hunt on May 3 and 4.

As in Pennsylvania, spring gobbler hunting must end at noon each day.

May 3 will feature a turkey-hunting seminar, and May 4 will feature closing ceremonies where each disabled hunter and his or her guide will be recognized for their participation.

All hunters must register by April 1. The NWTF chapter is hoping for at least 50 hunters, and as many as 100 disabled hunter participants.

Contact: Mike, 740-732-7105; Danny, 740-732-7000; James, 740-732-0001; or Chris, 740-732-0320.

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