By building the Hunting Heritage Center, NWTF hopes to instill a lasting image of its conservation legacy in South Carolina.
National Wild Turkey Federation CEO George Throton, recently told reporters about the organization's exciting vision for the Hunting Heritage Center.
NWTF has plans to construct the Hunting Heritage Center on a 700-acre property in Edgefield. This NWTF property is the combined site of the Palmetto Shooting Complex and the Outdoor Education Center.
Thorton spoke of the project, telling reporters:
Hunters and recreational shooters play a vital role in this country accounting for 80 percent of the funding for habitat and wildlife conservation projects through hunting license purchases and excise taxes on firearms and ammunition. The Hunting Heritage Center will serve to preserve our hunting heritage and foster the next generation of shooting sports enthusiasts; our habitat and wildlife depend on it.
Although some phases are still in development, many hunters and shooters are very excited about the Heritage Hunting Center and what it will bring to Edgefield. Currently the Palmetto Shooting Complex has several large-scale events scheduled with many prominent organizations.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will have its sporting clays youth shooting open in May, the South Carolina 4H program has two shoots slotted for June, and the NWTF will host its annual Turkey Shot, as well as the Still Target World Championships, at the Complex.
Officials are anticipating an significant influx of tourists and with that comes tourism dollars to benefit the economy of Edgefield. The Hunting Heritage Center attendance are currently projected at 50,000 annually for shooting and educational events.
The project hopes to bring attention to habitat conservation and hunting preservation. As such, all the funding comes through NWTF partner contributions and direct donations. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has already contributed $2 million via Pittman-Robertson funding.