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S.H.E.E.P., Kids, and Longbeards

May 2, 2022
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The Wild Sheep Foundation and its Shooting, Hunting & Ethics Education Program (S.H.E.E.P.) took part in helping with the Graveyard Outdoors youth turkey hunt near Washington, Indiana, on the weekend of April 23-24th. In its fifth year of putting together a youth collaboration alongside Indiana’s two-day youth hunt, the Graveyard Outdoors organization put on an amazing, wild turkey experience for kids.

Graveyard Outdoors is a group of passionate outdoorsmen who strive to encourage more youth to experience the great outdoors and our vast hunting heritage through education and organized hunts. This year, they accommodated 65 young hunter-conservationists, pairing them up with mentors in the field.

Although weather conditions could have been better, as the wind was quite fierce and appeared to affect the regular routines of the turkeys, well over half of the youth harvested a turkey during the two-day season. Sunday night, the last day of the hunt, those who harvested showed up for a celebratory dinner. About twenty youth were still in the field, and many successfully got their turkey that night. At the dinner, every participant won a raffle prize, and with Quaker Boy Game Calls being a partner, each kid walked away with a turkey call and various other prizes.

With this being the second year of the Wild Sheep Foundation’s involvement, and to introduce youth who wouldn’t normally be able to experience such a hunt, WSF helped organize six youth from Nevada to attend and hunt. Five of the six were successful, including Tyce, a 15-year-old who successfully shot a double bearded “long beard” with his bow.

We are grateful to incoming WSF board member Julie Chapman and Graveyard Outdoors for the opportunity to partner with them to get more kids in the outdoors.

Ryan Brock, Ph.D
WSF Youth Education Coordinator

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