Nearly 550 shotgunners and their families attended the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Turkey Shoot at the Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth, Georgia, helping the sporting clays event finish with a bang.
Over the course of the three-day event, shooters took aim at more than 120,000 clay pigeons and fired an estimated 200,000 shells. Master Class shooter Brandon Powell shot a two-day total of 194, earning him High Over All honors for a third consecutive year.
“This year’s Turkey Shoot was one of the most successful in the past decade, bringing in a seven-year high for shooter attendance,” said Chris Piltz, NWTF special events coordinator. “It also was nice to see youth shooters and family groups show up in record numbers.”
The NWTF hosted 151 youth shooters, and many had their parents shooting alongside of them. William Stewart of Cummings, Georgia, who had competed at the Turkey Shoot more than a decade ago, brought his entire family with him this year.
“My first date with my wife was a shotgun shoot. We introduced our two boys to shooting sports and they are now begging to shoot as well,” said Stewart. “The greatest things about the Turkey Shoot are the good old friendly competition, the encouragement received from fellow shooters and the efforts of the NWTF to attract young shooters with discounts, banquets and an incredible prize structure that lets many new shooters leave with smiles on their faces.”
While the 2015 Turkey Shoot is moving to the Palmetto Shooting Complex – the NWTF’s facility that will be the heart of the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – the NWTF plans to host a regional event in Forsyth, Georgia.
“For the past 15 years, the Meadows National Gun Club and its manager, Wendy Crabtree, have been gracious hosts and we plan to continue our relationship with them,” said Rhett Simmons, NWTF director of special events.
To see 2014 Turkey Shoot results, visit www.iclays.com. For more information about the NWTF, its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative and the future Palmetto Shooting Complex, visit www.nwtf.org.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.
Image courtesy National Wild Turkey Federation