Tennessee Wildlife Federation was proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Davis P. Rice Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt in Dyersburg, Tenn. during the first weekend in February.
More than 100 youth were guided by Federation staff, blind owners, and other volunteers for the largest hunt of its kind in the Southeast. Despite the cloudy skies and less than ideal duck-hunting weather, the youth hunters harvested more than 200 ducks. For many, this marked their first duck hunt ever.
“We were so excited to spend the weekend with more than 100 youth marking the 10th anniversary of this incredible event,” said J.W. Worthen, director of programs. “Everyone had a great time, met new friends, enjoyed the great outdoors, and had a successful hunt.”
Several youth left with more than just ducks. As is the tradition, scholarships were awarded and firearms were raffled during the Friday evening banquet. Winners included:
- Breylen Jones, Corryton, lifetime sporting license
- Hunter Raley, Knoxville, Tennessee Wildlife Federation Davis P. Rice Memorial Scholarship
- Alex Petty, Crossville, Delta Waterfowl Davis P. Rice Memorial Scholarship
- Gabby Park, Spring Hill, Final Flight Outfitters Davis P. Rice Memorial Scholarship
- Cody Hinton, Collierville, Beretta shotgun
- Hunter Britt, Huntingdon, CZ-USA shotgun
Because of our friends, supporters, and volunteers, all participants left with great memories, new friendships, and an appreciation for Tennessee’s great outdoors.