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11-20-2007, 09:04 PM
Wounded Warriors to attend NWTF Wheelin' Hunt in Va.

11/20/07

Halifax, Virginia Eight hunters with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in the sixth Wheelin' Sportsmen National Wild Turkey Federation, Halifax chapter white-tailed deer hunt on Saturday, November 24, in South Boston, Va.

Five of this year's hunt participants will travel from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and are participants of the Wounded Warrior Program. Three other participants were randomly drawn for the hunt.

The NWTF's Wheelin' Sportsmen program is designed to provide all people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors through local chapter events nationwide. Members of the program receive Wheelin' Sportsmen magazine, which is dedicated to the education and entertainment of outdoors enthusiasts with disabilities and publishes quarterly.

"Whether it is shooting, hunting, fishing or archery, there is no limit to the outdoor opportunities Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF can bring to a person with disabilities who's eager to get outside and participate in a more active lifestyle," said Carl Brown, NWTF's chief operating officer.

The Wounded Warriors Program's mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

"Hosting a hunt for folks with disabilities is a great way to get people involved in the outdoors, said James Edmunds, NWTF member and hunt landowner. "The Halifax chapter of the NWTF is really behind the Wheelin' Sportsmen program and being able to extend an invitation to the men and women of the Wounded Warriors Program, and any hunter with a disability, is wonderful."

Edmunds, a founding member of the Halifax NWTF chapter, has served as treasurer and vice chairman of the chapter, and continues to serve as a committee member. He has also hosted numerous NWTF outreach program events on his property such as JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen.

In 2004, Edmunds received the NWTF's Wild Turkey Woodlands award as the Southeast regional winner.

To become a Wheelin' Sportsman volunteer or for more information about this event, contact Robin Clark at (434) 979-6154 or visit www.nwtf.org (http://www.nwtf.org/).

For more information about Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF.

About the NWTF: In 1973, when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners, today there are more than 7 million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, the NWTF and its cooperators have spent more than $258 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving more than 13.1 million acres of wildlife habitat.

The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with 584,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

For more information about the NWTF, call (800)-THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org (http://www.nwtf.org/).


Media Contact:
Robin Clark at (434) 979-6154