As part of its ongoing commitment to growing the hunting ranks, the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) recently hosted eight first-time hunters of all ages at the Beretta Shooting Grounds by High Adventure Company in Kingston for its inaugural “First Timer” Mentored Deer Hunt.
Hunt participants were treated to a morning of educational topics presented by Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife professionals, including a game warden and hunting and shooting education specialist, staff from the Beretta Shooting Grounds, and Georgia SCI volunteers. During several presentations and discussions, attendees learned about hunting, game laws and regulations, deer biology, wildlife conservation, and firearms safety. Following lunch, the hunt participants spent time at the shooting range becoming accustomed to the rifle they would ultimately hunt with that afternoon.
After a full morning of learning and time on the range, hunters loaded up in ATVs and headed out to the blind with their mentor, where the fellowship continued. Everyone had a chance to see different types of wildlife, and a few of the hunters were successful in harvesting their first deer. Georgia SCI will cover the costs associated with processing the deer and the venison will be returned to that hunter to be enjoyed by them and their family. All the new hunters are eager to get back in the woods when next deer season rolls around.
“We’re proud to continue our partnership with the Georgia Chapter of SCI,” said Drew Burrell of the High Adventure Company. “The work they’re doing to introduce new people of all ages to hunting is critical to ensuring the tradition of hunting and wildlife conservation is carried on for many, many years.”
“The Georgia Chapter of SCI is dedicated to hosting events in which we can provide an opportunity to those wishing to learn about hunting, conservation, and the shooting sports,” said Louis P. Cole, President of the Georgia Chapter of SCI. “It’s incumbent upon us as hunters to do all we can to usher in new hunters, allowing them to enjoy this pastime that we cherish so much.”
The inaugural “First Timer” Mentored Deer Hunt was made possible by numerous SCI members and volunteers, and amazing partners and sponsors, including the Beretta Shooting Grounds by High Adventure Company and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.