First Posted: 9/3/2009
The Surry Longspurs and Yadkin Valley Wheelin Sportsmen will hold their second annual Dove Hunt this Saturday in conjunction with the opening of dove season.
The event is open to hunters with disabilities and is part of the outreach program of the Yadkin Valley club. Hunters must have a valid North Carolina hunting license and HIP certification. All ages are welcome.
Were just trying to get the disabled back out into the field, said Perry Bryant, former president of the Surry Longspurs and current state vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
The hunt will begin at the King Norman Farm off of Ararat Longhill Road in Pilot Mountain. The hunters are welcome to come to the farm from 8 to 11 a.m. to have skeet shoot practice. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., but the actual hunt wont begin until noon when the hunting season begins. People also have the option to hunt at Jerry Newmans farm. Newman is hosting a pig pickin at his farm at 7 p.m. for the hunters and anyone who comes with them to the hunt.
Hunters must provide their own transportation to King Normans farm, then club members will provide transportation out into the hunting fields. The fields will be roped off for safety, and a rescue squad will be present as well.
The days events are free to participants. Costs are being covered by the clubs, both of which are members of the NWTF.
Eleven hunters participated in last years hunt, but Bryant expects 20 to 30 people this year. He would like people to call ahead of time so he can know how much food is needed for lunch and if there are any special needs.
Hunters should bring their own guns and shells to the hunt. Bryant said there may be a few guns available for use if someone doesnt have a gun of his or her own.
To sign up or find out more, call Perry Bryant at 374-0241 or Scott Martin at 244-0409.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or at 719-1952.