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Country Goes Huntin'™ was born of humble beginnings and continues to grow each year because of the humble hearts that contribute to its success. The brainchild of childhood buddies, Sam Klement and Rhett Akins, Country Goes Huntin'™ was designed to bring together two Southern passions-country music and hunting-to make a difference in people's lives.
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Country Goes Huntin' 2005
Friday, 01 April 2005 00:00
Realtree Online Stories
Thanks to the remarkable success of the 2005 Country Goes Huntin' event this past March, which combined country music stars with hunting celebrities, the Dothan, Alabama, Chapter of the Wheelin' Sportsmen Program is a little closer to getting the hunting lodge that has previously existed only as a dream to the chapter members. 

Volunteer coordinator for the Dothan Chapter, Keith Grice, whose son, Zachary, is disabled, says the lodge is something that he's wanted for several years.

"I want a place where all of the disabled sportsmen can stay and socialize when they hunt with the Dothan's Wheelin' Sportsmen Chapter," Grice says. "Currently, the hunters stay in hotels, which works out okay, but being in one place makes the atmosphere and camaraderie so much better. The past Country Goes Huntin' fundraisers raised enough money to cover our hunting events for the year, but the 2005 event raised more than $100,000. Now we'll be able to build a lodge within a couple of years. Without the charity event, which is the lifeblood of this chapter, we'd have to wait many more years before that dream could be fulfilled."

The Dothan Chapter of the Wheelin' Sportsmen Program may not be the only charity to benefit from this event. Country Goes Huntin' cofounder, Sam Klement, who's also a Realtree pro staffer and the owner of Spectrum Outdoors, says he'd like to take the event to several states throughout the country to benefit different philanthropies. In fact, there are plans to host events in both Texas and Georgia in 2006.

"I can't believe that Country Goes Huntin' has gotten this big so quickly," Klement says. "It started four years ago as just an idea and has bloomed into a huge worthwhile fundraiser."