Maryland turkey hunter and local NWTF chapter president Michele Elliott enjoyed the hunt of a lifetime when she got the opportunity this year to participate in the Kansas One-Shot Governor's Hunt.
The hunt enjoyed it's 20th year in 2006 and is a chance for celebrities and business and government leaders to get together and experience the natural wonders of the state. From the point of view of the governor's office, they also hopes it showcases why Kansas would be a great place for some of those business leaders to locate operations within its borders. Kansas was the first of many states, including Alabama, that now hold governor's hunts for that very purpose. Former Gov. Mike Hayden can be credited with the original vision and still helps organize the Kansas event.
Elliott says the first morning was a case of "shoulda, coulda, woulda," but by the second morning, she got things straigtened out enough to take a bird that put her inside the top 10 biggest birds for this year's hunt. Elliott, no token woman hunter, but a smart lady who drives the success of her local chapter, serves as one hell of a waterfowl guide and isn't afraid to go out and hunt on her own (and will bring a bird back to boot) is busy trying to get her brother his first turkey in Maryland as that season just came in the other week.
For an update on how the Governor's hunt finished out, including the fact that current Gov. Kathleen Sebelius tagged her first-ever wild turkey, click here.