Lynn Burdick will be hunting on horseback with her sons and me as the grand prize winner of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “Take Your Kid Hunting” sweepstakes on the TV series. She tops a list of five winners; the remainder will be hunting with their child at a nearby bird hunting preserve thanks to NSSF. Those winners include: Bruce Visniski of Muskegon, Mich.; Robert Cheeseman of Burlington, New Jersey; Thomas Mathias of Lancaster, New York; and John Rexrode of Henderson, N. Carolina.
The grand prize trip will be filmed for an upcoming Wingshooting USA episode, and takes place this November at our headquarters lodge, Ruggs Ranch in eastern Oregon. A working cattle ranch in addition to elite bird and big game hunting lodge, Ruggs Ranch’s 86,000 acres are an ideal setting for Linden and the Burdicks to hunt from horses for chukars, Hungarian Partridge and pheasants. Information on the destination is available here.
I am so proud of you all! Thousands of viewers entered the contest, which is designed to encourage parents to welcome their youngsters to bird hunting. My recent survey of Wingshooting USA viewers supports the promotion’s goal, with respondents indicating a 30% increase over last year in the number introducing someone to the sport. Based on the survey response, Wingshooting USA viewers took a new hunter into the field over 2 million times last season!
The fourth annual “Take Your Kid Hunting” sweepstakes launches in late June; entries at http://www.wingshootingusa.org. The title sponsor of Linden’s television series and the “Take Your Kid” initiative, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.