Ahoskie man wins tag for trophy elk

Published 10:12 am Saturday, September 10, 2011

EDGEFIELD, S.C.—An Ahoskie, N.C., man won a rare tag for a Kentucky trophy bull elk hunt from the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.

Thomas Horton was one of two grand-prize winners in two nationwide drawings held by the NWTF. The other drawing was for a 2011 Chevrolet four-wheel drive truck, which a Tennessee man won.

Horton’s elk hunt includes lodging. He will be guided by Sam Mars III, vice president for the NWTF National Board of Directors.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our partners in providing these giveaways,” said Danny Young, NWTF vice president of marketing. “We truly appreciate Molpus Timberlands Management, LLC, which generously donated the elk tag that will provide Mr. Horton the hunt of a lifetime.”

The winners were announced Aug. 21 at the NWTF’s 18th annual Turkey Shoot, a sporting clays tournament held at The Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth, Ga.

Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. The Millswamp Longbeards chapter is based in Southampton County.

Through partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs — Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.