February 20, 2019
The Vermont State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to host a mentored turkey hunting event on May 18 and 19 for hunters with disabilities, called ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen.’
Hunters with disabilities are often an underserved population within the hunting community as physical disabilities can limit or prevent individuals from getting outdoors to hunt. NWTF developed the Wheelin’ Sportsmen program to work with hunters with disabilities to provide the extra assistance and mentorship needed to have a safe and enjoyable hunt.
“Helping hunters with disabilities get out in woods to experience the thrill of turkey hunting is a passion project for us,” said Kaylee Campagna of NWTF. “Last year we were able to accommodate a variety of disabilities and assist seven hunters through our event. Every team had a fantastic experience and we even harvested a few birds!”
To sign up for the Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt contact Kaylee Campagna at 802-363-8071, at Vermontwheelinsportsmenhunt@gmail.com, or on Facebook at Vermont NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen Hunt.
“Vermont’s wild turkey population continues to thrive and birds can be found throughout the state,” said Chris Bernier who heads Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s wild turkey project. “Spring turkey hunting can be a fantastic entry point for new or returning hunters, not only because it offers the opportunity to observe and interact with these unique birds when they are most active, but also because it has a relatively high success rate compared to other big game species.”
“Events that match hunters with experienced mentors that can share their knowledge in the field result in safe and often successful hunting experiences,” said Nicole Meier, with Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s hunter education program.
Pre-registration is required by March 9, 2019. Participants are responsible for obtaining their hunting license. Vermont residents may be eligible to obtain a free permanent hunting license with proof of a qualifying disability at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.