The 28th Annual NWTFSC State Chapter Rendezvous will once again be held at Hickory Knob State Park on January 11-13, 2019. Events will include: Friday night banquet, JAKES event, Ladies Luncheon, Oyster Roast, State Still Target Championships, clay target shooting, and Awards dinner/dance on Saturday. Registrations will only be accepted online via the link posted below.
Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who purchased tickets! Guns can be picked up at Shooters Choice, 944 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169; (803)791-5498.
RUGER 10/22 22LR PINK LAMINATE/SS RIFLE
RUGER AMERICAN 308 WIN W/SCOPE RIFLE
T/C VENTURE 243 WIN BLUE COMPOSITE RIFLE
SAVAGE 25 17HORNET VARMINTER RIFLE
RUGER MK111 TARGET 22LR 5.5″ BLUED HB WOOD GRIPS PISTOL
SAVAGE 93 FV-SR 22 MAG RIFLE
SAVAGE 93BRJ 22WMR 21″ BLUE FLUTED LAMINATE RIFLE
ATI GSG-922 3.4 BLUE 22LR 10RDS PISTOL
STOEGER SILVERBOY LEVER ACTION 22LR 19″ RIFLE
STOEGER UPLANDER SXS YOUTH 410 22″ SHOTGUN
S&W BODYGUARD 380 ACP 2.75″ W/CT LASER
S&W M&P SHIELD9MM COMPACT 7RDS PISTOL
HENRY GOLDENBOY 22 LR LEVER ACTION RIFLE
REMINGTON 870 EXPRESS 20GA/26″ SHOTGUN
SAVAGE B.MAG 17WSM GREY LAM RIFLE
SAVAGE AXIS XP 7MM08 CAMO PKG RIFLE
TAURUS PT58 380 19RDS BLUE PISTOL
SPRINGFIELD XD45 45ACP PISTOL
STOEGER 9350 12/26 APG CAMO SHOTGUN
SAVAGE A17 17HMR 21″ 10RD BLUE/SYN RIFLE
MOSSBERG 835 CAMO TURKEY SHOTGUN
GLOCK 43 SINGLE STACK 9MM 3.25 BBL PISTOL
RUGER AMERICAN RANCH 450 BUSHMASTER FDE 16″TB
SAVAGE 11 243 WIN TROPHY HUNTER XP MATTE
S&W 642 38SPL WITH LOCK PISTOL
TAURUS PT58 380 19RDS BLUE PISTOL
SAVAGE AXIS ll 308
SPRINGFIELD XD45 45ACP PISTOL
Winchester XPR 7MM 26 BBL Blue Synn
REMINGTON 700 SPS SS 243 RIFLE
S&W BG 380 nonlaser
STOEGER P350 12/26 APG CAMO SHOTGUN
SAVAGE AXIS XP 7MM08 REM SS
SAVAGE A17 17HMR 21′ 10 RD BLUE/SYN RIFLE
RUGER LCP 380ACP
MOSSBERG 835 CAMO TURKEY SHOTGUN
SAVAGE M42 22WMR/410 Rifle/Shotgun
Dear NWTFSC Member/Volunteer,
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to conservation and management of the wild turkey in South Carolina. We are contacting you to ask for your help on an important project.
Since 1982, SCDNR has conducted an annual Summer Turkey Survey to gauge reproduction of wild turkeys in South Carolina. Recently you should have received information in the mail from SCDNR requesting your participation.
The survey requires no effort on your part other than recording turkeys that you see during your normal activities during July and August. If you would like to participate and didn’t receive the information via mail, please follow this link: http://dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/turkey/volunbroodsurvey.html
This survey is very important and when combined with harvest data, it allows SCDNR to make scientific recommendations to the SC General Assembly to better manage the wild turkey population for the future.
Only through ongoing monitoring and research can SCDNR better manage our turkeys and NWTF assist with their efforts.
Again, thank you for your time and your support to help us Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The attached forms must be completed and returned to Lynn Lewis-Weis by August 1, 2017. All proposals will be considered at the NWTFSC budget planning session in September. Originators of approved projects will be notified by the end of September.
Wildlife conservation and introducing youth to shooting sports are of significant importance to both the National Wild Turkey Federation and Vincent Hancock, the first-ever back-to-back Olympic gold medalist in skeet.
The shared passions led to a partnership for the promotion of the 300-acre Palmetto Shooting Complex at the NWTF.
“I have been involved with hunting and shooting my entire life,” said Hancock. “This partnership provides the opportunity to truly embrace the growth that shooting sports are seeing and allows adults and kids alike to experience clay target shooting and conservation efforts all at the same time.”
Hancock’s role as spokesperson for the Palmetto Shooting Complex includes range appearances, especially during youth clay shooting competitions, and promotion of the facility leading up to and after his trip to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Hancock also will promote the positive impact shooting sports can have on the growth and discipline of today’s youth, something he knows and understands due to the early start he got in shooting sports.
“Vinny is an incredible role model for youth of today, and we know he will have a positive impact on our efforts to recruit the next generation of hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “We could not be happier to have him as a spokesperson for our Palmetto Shooting Complex and will be pulling for him to secure an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal next month in Rio.”
In addition to back-to-back gold medals, Hancock’s career highlights include being a three-time world champion, gold medalist at the 2014 Championship of the Americas, 16-time medalist in World Cup and ISSF World Championship competition and holder of every national, world and Olympic skeet records.
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is currently in the process of updating its Hunt Plan, which will guide hunting activities for the next several years. The last plan was written in 2007.
The plan will increase acreage available for hunting by over 3,800 acres and add three new species (mourning doves, coyote and Wilson’s snipe).
If you are interested in reviewing the Hunt Plan and providing feedback, please click here or visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah/wildlife_and_habitat/hunt_plan.html.
Written comments will be accepted until 4:00 pm on July 18th.
Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested in providing comments to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the proposed Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Plan.
On a recent visit to the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters while chaperoning his local 4H group, Riley Nordin of Saluda, South Carolina, was surprised to learn he won the 2016 NWTF National Scholarship, sponsored by Mossy Oak.
In front of the Saluda 4H group, NWTF headquarters staff and local media, Nordin received a check for $10,000, something he says will help fund his education when he enrolls at Clemson University this fall.
“I am truly thankful. $10,000 is a lot of money, and it will be helpful, especially with the long-term education goals I have,” Nordin said.
He plans to pursue a degree in genetics with a focus on plant sciences. “The sciences are something that I always have enjoyed,” Nordin said. “And as I have gotten older, I realized it is what I want to do for a living. It won’t really seem like work because I love it so much.”
Nordin recently graduated near the top of his high school class despite a rigorous academic course load and a schedule packed with extracurricular activities. His impressive résumé includes:
- Boy Scouts of America
- National BETA Club
- National FFA
- Saluda County 4-H
- Saluda County Garden Club volunteer
- NWTF Youth Art Contest participant
He received a scholarship through the local and state-level NWTF chapters, making him eligible for the national honor. To date, the NWTF has contributed more than $4.6 million in scholarships to students making up the next generation of hunters and conservationists.
“Individuals like Riley are the ones who will ensure that our wildlife is healthy and future hunting opportunities are secure for generations to come,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Students pursuing degrees and careers in wildlife and habitat conservation will always have the NWTF in their corner.”
February 26, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 242 – 161 in favor of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 2406), known as the SHARE Act.
Introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), with original cosponsors CSC Co-Chair Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) and Vice-Chairs Congressmen Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Gene Green (D-TX), the SHARE Act currently has 37 bipartisan cosponsors.
“House passage of the SHARE Act is a win for hunters, anglers, and all sportsmen and women across the country,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane. “The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus leadership has been continuously working with CSF and our partners to ensure that the most important bills to the sportsmen’s community are included in the package.” Prior to the floor vote, CSC leadership sent a letter to their colleagues, asking for support of the bill.
“Hunters and anglers were among the first to recognize the extraordinary need for wildlife stewardship in the United States,” Congressman Wittman said, “and that tradition of sportsman-led conservation continues to thrive today. The SHARE Act includes initiatives that not only protect federal lands but expand access for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationalists. As an outdoorsman myself, I think it’s so important that we safeguard the habitats that we hold in public trust and that we protect the values and traditions held by sportsmen and women for generations to come.”
“Hunting and fishing is an important part of our heritage but also a powerful economic engine. This bill is a step in the right direction,” said Congressman Walz. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to improve on it and get it signed into law.”
H.R. 2406 is also supported by more than 50 of the nation’s leading conservation groups, representing millions of sportsmen and women across the country. Some of the notable provisions in H.R. 2406 include: the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act; the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act; the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act; the Farmer and Hunter Protection Act; the permanent creation of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee (WHHCC); and reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, among others.
In addition, the following amendments were added to the SHARE Act during the floor vote:
* Adding the Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration or a designated representative to the WHHCC
* Permitting more than one U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Officer to be placed in a U.S. diplomatic or consular post in an African country, to assist local wildlife rangers in protection of elephants;
* Requiring the GAO to conduct a study examining the effect of a ban of the trade of illegal importation of ivory;
* Prohibiting the USDA and NFS from issuing restrictions and regulations on hunting and recreational fishing in Mark Twain National Forest;
* Requiring the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service to publish a notice in the Federal Register, with a justification, for the closure of any public road on Forest System lands;
* Requiring the Forest Administrator to amend the travel plan for the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana to allow Utility Terrain Vehicle access on roads nominated by Secretary of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, except when designation would pose a safety risk;
* Allowing a person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition to transport it for any lawful purpose from a place where firearms/ammunition are legally allowed to another place where firearms/ammunition are legally allowed;
* Adding The Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act;
* Reinstating the Fish and Wildlife Service decision to delist the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming, from the Endangered Species Act;
* Prohibiting the Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing a rule that preempts state management authority which is protected by law in Alaska;
Today’s passage of the SHARE Act marks an important step closer to ensuring that America’s hunting and angling traditions remain a top priority in the hall of government.
Turkey hunting educational classes are no longer just for beginners. On February 27 at the National Wild Turkey Federation headquarters, seasoned and novice turkey hunters will have the opportunity to attend an advanced turkey hunting tactics class taught by industry experts and world champion turkey callers.
“The NWTF prides itself on being the go-to wild turkey hunting and wild turkey management resource for all outdoorsmen,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “This educational opportunity will give hunters a chance to learn from some of the best turkey hunters in the world.”
The NWTF’s advanced turkey hunting class will feature instructors Mark Prudhomme, 17-time Grand National Calling Champion and expert wild turkey hunter, Tom Stuckey, NWTF vice president of development, world renowned turkey hunter and Grand National Calling Champion, and Matt Morrett, an accomplished television personality, renowned turkey hunter who has 50 turkey calling championships, including five world friction titles and two coveted Grand National Championships.
Attendees will learn to call like a pro, calling tactics for tough birds, best turkey load and choke combinations for their shotgun, expert set-ups in mock turkey hunting scenarios, how to locate, roost and pattern wild turkeys and other ways to more effectively hunt and harvest wild turkeys. They also will learn about habitat management techniques to maximize turkey populations on their properties.
Check in will begin at 8 a.m., and the class will end by 4 p.m. A full lunch, learning materials and promotional items are included in the cost to attend the event. NWTF members will pay just $60 for this one of a kind experience. It will cost non-members $95, which will cover the event and a one-year membership to the NWTF or you can join online at www.nwtf.org.
“We have been working extremely hard to provide a wide variety of opportunities for all levels of hunters and recreational shooters here at the NWTF Hunting Heritage Center,” said Scott Vance, NWTF vice president for hunting heritage. “If we hope to recruit more hunters in our efforts to save the habitat and the hunt, we need to pass on the valuable skills that we have learned to others. We hope that they in turn will do the same.”