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Huachuca Gould’s Chapter Raises Funds for Turkey Hunters Care Program

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation Huachuca Gould’s Chapter recently organized a “Pint Night” at Tombstone Brewing West End in Sierra Vista, Arizona, to support the Turkey Hunters Care program.

Tombstone Brewing Company donated a portion of the proceeds from beer sales on the busy Saturday night. Alongside the brewery’s donation, numerous prize packages were raffled to generate funds. The proceeds from this event and previous fundraising events will be utilized to provide Thanksgiving turkeys for 30 families facing hardship in Cochise County.

Over the past decade, the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter has donated over 2,300 turkeys, weighing in at approximately 33,500 pounds or almost 17 tons, through the Turkey Hunters Care.

“In partnering with the Tombstone Brewing Company, we hoped to have an event that was appealing to our loyal NWTF members, while also reaching outside of our traditional audience to help raise funds,” said Ryan Catlett, Huachuca Gould’s Chapter board member. “Tombstone Brewing was an awesome partner who bent over backward to support our Turkey Hunters Care Program.”

Set at the base of the Huachuca Mountains, Sierra Vista became home to a thriving population of Gould’s turkeys, successfully reintroduced by Arizona Game and Fish and the NWTF in 1983. The Huachuca Gould’s Chapter are proud stewards of one of the only huntable populations of Gould’s turkeys in the United States.

Beyond the Turkey Hunters Care program, the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter is actively engaged in a range of initiatives. These include habitat improvement projects, events to mentor new hunters, youth programs, community service projects, and the organization of an annual hunting heritage banquet.

“I think it is important to look for opportunities to share what the NWTF does with all kinds of people who enjoy the outdoors,” Catlett said. “Work done by the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter results in healthier habitats that are enjoyed by all kinds of people, not just hunters.”

Learn more about the Huachuca Gould’s Chapter and their ongoing projects by visiting their website.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has conserved or enhanced over 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The organization continues to drive wildlife conservation, forest resiliency and robust recreational opportunities throughout the U.S. by working across boundaries on a landscape scale. 

2023 is the NWTF’s 50th Anniversary and an opportunity to propel the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. For its 50th Anniversary, the NWTF has set six ambitious goals: positively impact 1 million acres of wildlife habitat; raise $500,000 for wild turkey research; increase membership to 250,000 members; dedicate $1 million to education and outreach programs; raise $5 million to invest in technology and NWTF’s people; and raise $5 million to build toward a $50 million endowment for the future. Learn how you can help us reach these lofty goals.

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