On Friday, May 19, ten disabled members from Challenge The Outdoors, Inc. headed to Clintonville for an exciting three-day turkey hunt. Our organization partnered with the Clintonville Chapter of Shadows on the Wolf to mentor our hunters. The mentors positioned our hunters in blinds in areas of good turkey activity. They assisted by using different calls to interest the turkeys to come in closer and gave advice to the new hunters. If a turkey was harvested, after showing it to all the hunters and taking pictures, our mentors would measure it, clean it, weigh it, and get it all ready for the cooler. The hunt started on Friday night and went until Sunday afternoon. The morning hunting time was quite early, but our hunters were all ready to get out and hunt.
Dinner and Supper were made by our wonderful cooks, Rita Adamovich, Karen Baehr, and Tammy Kritz. No one went hungry, the food was delicious.
Four hunters harvested turkeys: Jim Adamovich harvested a Jake-9 inch beard-16 pounds-3/4 inch spurs; Tom Narmore harvested a Tom-11 inch beard-19 pounds-1-1/8 inch spurs; Doug Thiele harvested a Tom-11 inch beard-23.8 pounds-1-1/2 inch spurs; Kaley Wockenfus harvested a Tom-9- 1/2 inch beard-24 pounds-1 inch spurs. That was a good average out of ten hunters. The weather was a bit windy, cloudy, with a little rain, but the blinds helped to keep them dry and hide any movements.
Our disabled hunters were: Tom Narmore, Stephen Blount Sr., Tom Sauer, Doug Thiele, Jim Adamovich, Laurie Dubord, Keith Pamperin, Gary Thyes, Keith Hartjes, Kaley Wockenfus, and Bob Schubring. Everyone had a great time. Along with Challenge the Outdoors, Inc., our hunters want to thank The Clintonville Chapter of Shadows on the Wolf and all those volunteers that made this hunt possible.
Our mentors and helpers were Rory Clark, Jim Kriesel, Greg Shermo, Tom Lehman, Ashley Lehman, Dave Wolf, Tony Gehr, John Bonikowski, Terry Dorschner, Bill Brady, Paul Hoffman and Carl Gierke. If you are physically challenged and would like to hunt for turkeys, you can go on line to www.ctoforme.org and download an application or call our office at 920-593-6300 for us to send you an application to join or organization. The next hunt will be in 2018; May 18th through May 20. When you call, leave your phone number and name with a short message, and we will get back to you. We have many other events for physically challenged persons.