Charlottesville’s NBC affiliate News Channel 29 covered today’s Combat Veteran Pheasant Hunt at Liberty Corner Farm in Albemarle, VA with the help of 001 Outdoor Outfitters. Sponsors were paired with combat veterans in a 300-bird, European-style circle shoot.
Will is a good, old friend and also President of the Virginia Sportsmen’s Foundation, which works to expand opportunities for hunting and fishing in Virginia and also hosts a number of educational and social events to elevate sportsmen’s issues among policymakers in Richmond. One of my favorite is their annual Wild Game Chili Cookoff hosted by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s office that always brings a cross-section of Virginia to feast in venison, fowl, and other kinds of chili.
“My operation runs a 13 month-a-year calendar,” jokes Ike, who owns and operates 001 Outdoor Adventures based out of Albemarle County, Virginia. Ike cut his teeth growing up in the mountains of Wise County, Virginia and spent years guiding for black bears in the back woods of Maine. His main operation these days is guiding upland bird hunts on his property in the Piedmont of Virginia, including pheasant, chukar, and quail.
“We continue to put on this event because it’s one of the rare times when you can get legislators, government officials, lobbyists and staffers together just for fun,” said foundation president Will Payne. “It’s a no-politics zone and frankly is, for many of the attendees, the only time of the year they get to try wild game.”
Ike Wright and his son have been teaching the hunter skills class for the past 15 years and say that it’s important for people to get the fundamentals and to remember that safety is at the top of the list. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility so take that back to your community, your home, people you’re around, that safety is our number one priority,” says Wright, outdoor hunting education instructor and Deputy Sheriff for Albemarle Co.
Charlottesville’s NBC affiliate News Channel 29 covered today’s Wounded Warrior Pheasant Hunt at Liberty Corner Farm in Albemarle, VA with the help of Commonwealth Outfitters and 001 Outdoor Adventures. Sponsors were paired with Wounded Warriors or disabled military veterans in a 12-stand pheasant hunt followed by a chukar and pheasant field hunt.
No, Clark Mercer didn’t kill the kangaroo. He bought it at a specialty meats purveyor in Northern Virginia. And Dave Hewes will quietly acknowledge that this bison was last grazing in a cooler at Kroger. But that elk simmering in No. 11’s crock pot? Well, let’s just say it was in the wrong place at the wrong time when it met up with Harold Ellis out West.
The cook-off usually features chili made of exotic meats. This year’s menu includes elk, bear, venison, goose and pheasant. There will also be a vegetarian version, Will Payne said. Some of the more famous (in the Richmond political world) participants will actually cook their own chili. Others like Sen. Richard Saslaw, will be stirring in ingredients, Payne said.