Serving his community and state is something Reed Ingram has been doing a long time. Elected in 2004 to the Montgomery County Commission to serve District 5, Ingram has spent most of his adult life making a positive difference for Alabama. As a businessman and civil servant, Ingram knows the importance of bringing new industry into the state and when asked last year to provide his land for hunting as part of the Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt, he immediately agreed.
Today, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Assistant Commissioner Hobbie Sealy presented Ingram with this year’s 2008 Grand Champion Landowner Award trophy which goes to the landowner hosting the winning hunter. “We are so grateful to Reed and all the landowners who help make this hunt a “one-of-a-kind” event for Alabama,” said Sealy. “Without the generosity of the landowners, this hunt would not be possible.”
Sponsored by the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, this year’s event held March 17-19, in Montgomery and hosted by Gov. Bob Riley, helped lure corporate and business executives from across the U.S. for the three-day hunt.
The annual event is always filled with food, fun fellowship and friendly competition on some of Alabama’s most premier hunting lands, provided by local landowners. Additionally, the hunt raises funds for hunting and conservation initiatives, helps spotlight Alabama’s abundant wildlife resources and outdoor recreational opportunities and provides an annual $50,000 scholarship to the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.
Ingram, who has hunted most of his life, was quick to point out the important role the Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt plays in the economic development arena. “This unique event attracts major business to Alabama and is one of the better business recruiting events in the state,” Ingram said. “It also offers a time for great fellowship. Being able to go out on your land with a hunter and come up with a big bird is as good as it gets.”
Ingram who owns 600 acres in Matthews, Alabama in east Montgomery County, participated in the 2007 hunt when he and his hunter came in fourth. This year he and hunter Wayne Middleton of Hoover hit the turkey jackpot by bringing in the winning bird weighing just shy of 24 pounds. Middleton, who works for Johnson Controls, harvested two turkeys on Ingram’s land during the 2008 event.
A total of 92 hunters and 62 landowners participated in the 2008 Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.
The Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through programs such as Hunters Helping the Hungry, Youth Dove Hunts, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshops and funds scholarships at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.