Whitetails Unlimited, one of the nation’s top conservation organizations dedicated to white-tailed deer, is excited about the opportunity to establish roots in Georgia. Founded in 1982, the Whitetails Unlimited (WTU) kick-off for Peach State hunters will be in Canton on Thursday, Nov. 12.
“We are already growing tremendously in the Southeast and have plenty of opportunity,” said Stephen Price, field director for the first Georgia chapter.
WTU is located in 25 states and has more than 100,000 members, 425 chapters and has raised more than $64 million dollars.
The nonprofit organization, which has its headquarters in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., raises money through banquets and other events to help support conservation, education and the preservation of hunting white-tailed deer.
Unlike other organizations, WTU focuses on the “every day, average hunter,” versus catering to only those who hunt large pieces of land and put a strong emphasis on harvesting giant bucks.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re hunting Allatoona WMA or 4,000 acres of land,” said Stephen. “It doesn’t matter if they want to shoot a 160-inch buck or a doe. We’re fine with any of it.”
WTU’s focus is not only to preserve whitetail deer but also to protect second amendment rights and our hunting heritage.
Fifty percent of the profits made at local fundraisers are donated back to the chapter hosting the event. Chapter members decide how the money will be spent, whether it’s on Wounded Warrior hunts, Archery In The Schools programs, food plot programs or other avenues that allows WTU to meet their mission.
“These are the reasons I want to get Georgia involved. They’ve been missing out tremendously,” said Stephen.
Travis “T-Bone” Turner, co-host of “Bone Collector” and “Realtree Road Trips,” is the national spokesperson for WTU and also a great friend of Stephen’s.
“The banquets are awesome. They do so many great things,” said Travis. “I like to think of them more than banquets; I call them ‘redneck pep rallys.’”
WTU has a strong partnership with Catch a Dream. The organization gathered 180 different shed antlers from the Drury Brothers Farm and turned them into different forms of art. The sheds were then auctioned off or sold at the banquets. The profits raised were used to take terminally ill children on hunting trips of a lifetime. In the last 18 months, more than $150,000 has been raised for Catch a Dream.
“I know Stephen will do a great job on promoting this organization for the state of Georgia,” said Travis.
For more information on the banquet or getting involved with WTU, contact Stephen Price at (678) 644-6956.