Spring has finally arrived and for the team at the Ardmore Development Authority that means it is time for the Oklahoma Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt. This year’s hunt will begin on April 11th and conclude on April 13th. Begun in 1987, the hunt is an invitation-only event designed to bring existing and potential development partners to communities around Oklahoma. This will be the seventh year that the ADA has welcomed hunters to Ardmore and promises to be the best year yet.
The Turkey Hunt is a true community effort made possible by local partners such as OG&E, Jerry’s Gun Shop and Jones Southern Oklahoma Pheasant Hunt. Dr. Cade Wilson is once again heading up our roster of community volunteers to serve as guides for our guests during the hunt. Having participated in the hunt since it first began in Ardmore, Dr. Wilson has also helped us in making sure that our hunters have not only a great hunt but are also exposed to the possibilities that Ardmore has to offer to their businesses.
The hunt will officially begin with a kickoff luncheon hosted by Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell in Oklahoma City on Wednesday with all participating communities in attendance. Upon arrival in Ardmore later that afternoon, hunters will participate in a safety session before heading to Chickasaw Lake Club where hunters will meet their guides and plan their day of hunting.
Thursday will begin well before sunrise when hunters and guides head out to local ranches. Jerry’s Gun Shop will be the official check-in and weigh station for the hunters as they hope to bag the biggest bird. Ardmore banks will be teaming up for Thursday’s lunch, a cookout at The Marketplace on Broadway. That afternoon hunters and guides will return to Jones’ where Jerry’s Gun Shop will be hosting a skeet shoot. At Thursday evening’s Community Dinner, prizes will be awarded to the hunter, guide and landowner with the biggest turkey. The highlight of the evening will be what has become known as Turkey Tales, the time that each hunter gets up with their guide and tells the story of their day. The hunt will wrap up Friday morning when hunters have the chance to either hunt more or explore Ardmore. At some point during the three-day event, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell will be in Ardmore to meet with hunters and guides alike.
As you can tell, the turkey hunt is a busy three days for the ADA and our team of volunteers. Despite the hectic nature of the three days it is a great time for us to show off Ardmore!