Like most youth, Dave McWhorter, 70, of Anniston learned about the outdoors from his dad. McWhorter began hunting when he was 13 years old after his dad retired from the Navy. On a dove hunt, McWhorter was the “dove fetcher.”
At 15 years old, McWhorter got his first shotgun. He would hunt squirrel, rabbit and quail. He loved doing anything outdoors. He was 40 years old when he shot his first deer at Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area. It was quail hunting that McWhorter enjoyed the most.
McWhorter also enjoys bass and trout fishing. One of his favorite destinations for trout is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Cades Cove area. He said his wife is a better trout angler and he usually ends up taking photographs of her.
For 10 years McWhorter was a volunteer with the Ducks Unlimited Chapter in Calhoun County. In the two years he was chairman, he began a new fundraiser program, Everything Original. Instead of ordering items from a catalog, members could purchase original artwork, quilts, Labrador puppies and other original items.
Currently, McWhorter is chairman of the Coldwater Mountain Elk Camp Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) for Oxford/Anniston. The local chapter is one of three in Alabama, with Huntsville and Wetumpka being the others. This year Huntsville will hold its 26th chapter banquet.
The RMEF has reintroduced elk into nine states east of the Mississippi River, where 25 years ago there was no elk population. This year Wisconsin will hold their first elk hunt.
McWhorter wants to invite everyone to the second annual Coldwater Mountain Elk Camp banquet and fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Oxford Civic Center beginning at 5 p.m. A major function of the local elk camp is to promote youth activities. There will be dinner and live and silent auctions, including several hunts to benefit local activities of the chapter.
Last year the Coldwater Chapter of the RMEF assisted the Munford High School varsity archery team in purchasing new equipment. The local camp works to forge working relationships with other outdoor organizations to support youth activities.
A dream hunt for McWhorter would be to Colorado to hunt elk. Also, he would enjoy a pheasant hunt.
Editor’s note: Periodically we will feature a person who loves and lives the outdoors as the Outdoors Person of the Month, whether it is fishing, hunting, hiking, camping or anything related to outdoors. If you would like to nominate someone for Outdoors Person of the Month, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the person’s contact information.