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We at the Southern Sportsmen Foundation believe that everyone should be able to explore nature and enjoy the connections that are made on a hunt. People don’t just hunt for the thrill of the conquest – they hunt for the satisfaction of the connections they make … between people, with wildlife, and with their environment.
SSF supporters understand that people of all abilities benefit from those experiences in nature, Sharing The Outdoors with other hunters and developing those connections that make them want to hunt again and again. It’s our mission to encourage others to enjoy the “great outdoors” and to provide opportunities to people who might otherwise never have the chance to hunt.
Each year SSF hosts a banquet for sportsmen from throughout the region to honor their contributions and to help raise funds to support the foundation’s mission. Donors are served a home-style meal fit for a king (or queen) and are encouraged to participate in a silent auction, raffles of such items as custom hunting rifles, and other activities. Presentation of door prizes at the banquet adds to the donor’s experience.
Individuals and area businesses and industries are able to underwrite tables at the banquet with Silver Level sponsorships set at $250 and Gold Level sponsorships set at $500. The foundation welcomes other sponsorships and donations as well. The generous support of the community of hunters at the foundation’s banquets has helped raise close to $40,000 annually to support hunts for the disabled and other worthy causes that relate to the SSF mission.
If you choose to participate in the annual banquet, your contributions will help:
Host our annual Whitetail Deer Hunt
Host our annual Youth Hunt of a Lifetime
Purchase gun mounts, wheelchair carriers, and other equipment to enable disabled hunters to have more worthwhile hunting experiences
Support youth groups such as 4-H clubs
Fund scholarships for students entering fields relating to the SSF mission
Provide free hunter education classes
Help with travel needs for medical trips and much more
The foundation organizes hunts for disabled adults and youth alike. Each hunt is guided by skilled outdoorsmen who donate their time and expertise to make sure every outing is a success.
SSF organizes two guided, three-day deer hunts every year with an average of six hunters on each excursion. Keeping the guide/hunter ratio low makes for a great time of camaraderie and fellowship. As a result, guides and hunters form lifelong friendships.
Our adult hunt has been nicknamed the “Redneck Safari,” an indication of the humor and fun times each hunt brings. Our “Hunt of a Lifetime”, planned exclusively for yo