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April 11, 2013

Weather or not ... Lt. Governor turkey hunt is on

DUNCAN — Each year, a group of businessmen from around the world travel to Oklahoma to participate in the Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt. And weather doesn’t deter the event, which is aimed at fostering relationships between prospective investors and this region.

“Turkey hunting weather is just fine,”  DAEDF President Lyle Roggow said.

This year, 14 hunters arrived in Duncan Wednesday afternoon to get a tour and see what Stephens County has to offer industry. It’s a courtship process between the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation and the businesses they hope to attract. This is the 27th year for the event, and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb is also expected to participate in today’s event.

Roggow said 12 of the hunters this year have never been to Duncan. They are from New Jersey, Maryland, Atlanta, Ga., Houston, Texas; Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.

“This gives us an opportunity to show off the state, show off the community,” Roggow said. “It helps build relationships. People like to do business with people they can trust and know.”

The hunt is a statewide event, hosted by the Lt. Governor, and is a partnership with the Oklahoma lieutenant governor’s office, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Duncan is one of five communities involved with the annual event. Each community develops its own hunt and hosting.

Upon their arrival in Duncan, the guests are assigned guides who take their designated group on the turkey hunt. The groups eventually make their way from the great outdoors to Murf’s Guns for weighing their birds. Along with the hunt, there are meals and all accomodations furnished, this year at the Holiday Inn Express. A dinner was held Wednesday at The Territory for the group.

Today’s itinerary includes leaving their hotel at 5 a.m. for a morning of turkey hunting, then skeet shooting at the Duncan Gun Range and then an evening at the Simmons Center where the hunters will share their tales of experience in Duncan. They will also get a chance to tour various places that show Duncan and the county in its best light.

The idea behind the turkey hunt is to nurture future business opportunities, for growth of this region.

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