13th annual turkey hunt gives individuals with disabilities an outdoor experience

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MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) — The 13th annual Junction City United Special Sportsman Alliance Spring Turkey Hunt took place on Saturday at the Mead Wildlife Center.

Organizers saID the event aimed to give individuals with disabilities or critical illnesses an outdoor, turkey hunting experience.

“We give them a chance to participate in an activity that they otherwise might not be able to take part in,” John Haydock, United Special Sportsman Alliance Wisconsin Representative said. “They get to enjoy nature. They get to bond with their mentors and learn a little bit about something that they might not otherwise be able to do. To see the looks on their faces when they’re successful is just unbelievable.”

Out of the 15 hunters that participated, one said there was no better feeling that getting a turkey.

“It was a blast,” hunting participant Chance Ermeling said. “My heart was pumping and it just felt great. It was amazing.”

Chance said the experience was one he’ll never forget.

“If I can do it most everybody could do it,” Chance said. “Just get out there and hunt. It’s fun. Being disabled doesn’t stop you from doing it.”

Four turkeys were caught during Saturday morning’s hunt.



Rashad Williams

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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