Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt set Saturday in Campbell County

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By Dwane Wilder

  A couple of Campbell County sportsman’s groups are working hard to make sure that handicapped hunters also have a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

The Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association (CORA) and Pine Mountain Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are hosting the 7th annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt on Saturday, April 30 at the farms of Terry Lewis and Ron Cunningham in Campbell County.

The hunt is open to anyone with a disability or who has been wounded while serving as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

A group of 26 hunters are expected to participate this year, including Wounded Warriors from Fort Campbell to handicapped men, women and children from surrounding counties. 

The goal is to provide disabled persons with a once in a lifetime experience they might not otherwise be able to participate in.

“This event takes alot of effort and giving of time and resources from many volunteers,” said Lewis, NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen event host and CORA president.

“This day is all about the handicap individuals and wounded warriors. A day created for these individuals to enjoy the great Tennessee outdoors.  

“It is our way of giving back to those who are less fortunate than many of us.”  

The 2010 Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt was featured by Drury Outdoors on a DVD titled “Longbeards Madness 16”.

This year’s hunt will begin with a meet and greet fish fry on the evening of Friday, April 29 for hunters, guides and volunteers. 

Following an early breakfast on Saturday morning, the hunters and their guides will take to the woods in pursuit of a wild turkey.

Hunters will break for lunch at noon. There will be a silent auction and door prizes. The hunt will resume during the afternoon.

To sponsor a handicapped hunter or donate to the event, contact Terry and Jane Lewis at 865-414-0057 or Billy and Jamie Ball at 423-871-2200.