Bentz Named 2004 Top Gun

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Earl Bentz is known for making excellent boats, but he's a pretty good hunter, too, as he proved April 10th while participating in Tennessee's 3rd-Annual Governor's One-Shot Hunt Turkey Hunt.

Held in southern Middle Tennessee-with Pulaski serving as the event's headquarters-the governor's hunt included 60 hunters and 60 accompanying guides cordially competing to bag the largest wild turkey in a fundraising hunt.

Bentz, the owner of Triton Boats in Ashland City, killed a large gobbler weighing a tad more than 25 pounds---an unusually big tom.

Meanwhile, it's believed that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation raised around $100,000 which it will use in any number of sportsmen-related projects.

"One of our main goals for the annual Governor's hunt is to raise money to help purchase land that we can open to public access," noted David Duvall, the Executive Director of the Foundation.

Bentz, along with his guide Alan Drewry, were honored at a Saturday evening banquet and auction as the 2004 Top Gun team (with a score of 65.6).

Second place honor went to Donna Leggett of South Carolina and guide Virgil Jones (64.2), while third place went to Roger Witherow of Nashville and his guide Johnny Allred (62.3). Witherow and Allred won the competition in 2003.

A total of 22 turkeys were bagged by the 60 hunters. The top three finishers all won prizes, but more importantly were recognized as having hunted well on what was a fairly tough hunting day.

Hunter success the first two years was around 50 percent of the 60 hunters participating.