Well where to start.
First let me say we had a great time. I think that everything was a success considering the weather situation. In all there were 10 kids that got to hunt. 5 groups physicaly worked birds, and 1 youth in the group took his first turkey with his father guiding and Brad Austin calling.
I want to thank a few folks from this site that either made a donation or joined in on the fun. Mr Trigger22 and QuackwackerNC did their best to call in birds. They did have birds in sight and those bad boys put on one heck of a show for the kids. But due to the weather and having guys scout for birds that were inexperienced turkey hunter it is a true testament to both of them to even get on birds. Much less call them into 60 yards. Well done guys, well done.
Mr Dropzone for his financial contribution which covered the shirts, a gift those kids will proudly wear sir.
Mr Taxidermist for donating the fan mounts, which he was nice enough to extend to three of the kids for the up coming weekend due to the weather. Your gift will insure that that hunt lives on forever everytime one of those kids looks at that mount.
Mr Allen Bliven for donating 10 custom wood duck calls to all of the kids. Not only did you make them smile but you have now laid the ground work for them to purse another wonderful outdoor sport ( and help drive a few parents mad
And lastly to all those that pitched in to help Mr Taxidermist. A wonderful gesture on all of your parts guys.
Guys you really have no idea how much it meant to me, the kids, and the families. You all put a lump in my throat with your generosity. It`s nice to know there are still guys out there like you. A big salute to all of you from me and my friends at Ft Bragg. Always know that each of you help to put a smile on a childs face and made thier families feel appreciated. They give so much to insure our freedoms.
After the hunt the guys put on a BBQ and awarded all of the kids and staff for their efforts. Even gave our team of callers certificates of appretiation. That was a nice touch. Here are a few pics from the event.
Our group of callers
L to R: Brad Austin, Bruce Randall, QuackwackerNC, Yours truley, and lastly Trigger22.
Here`s a pic of Matt Ray showing off his first wild turkey to all of the other kids
L to R: Mike Ray ( an old Army buddy ) Matt Ray ( Mike`s son ) and Brad Austin ( close friend and great caller )
Here is a pic of all of the kids that hunted and some of the guides and callers.
Trigger22 and QuackwackerNC getting thier awards
And Matt Ray showing off his new ABC wood duck call in front of the banner displaying Mr Taxidermists and Allens logo`s
The Ft Bragg QDMA is going to put this event on again next year but they are going to attempt to have 20 kids. All of those involved have been invited back for another go around. I think next year will be alot better than this year seeing as some of the people now have some experience under their belts. I`m happy to say that all of the callers I invited have volunteered to come back and run those birds crazy.
Once again let me say THANK YOU to all those that stepped up and took the time to make this event special. You have a spot reserved in my blind anytime.
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen..'