Jackson Tatum Wins GON’s 2019 Youth Shoot-Out

Adventure Outdoors, Woods-N-Water, Realtree and Georgia 4-H are the reasons GON can host an awesome youth deer contest in Georgia.

Brad Gill | August 28, 2019

Jackson Tatum, 16, of Ellenwood, collected a $3,000 shopping spree after winning GON’s Youth Big-Buck Contest Shoot-Out on July 26 at GON’s Outdoor Blast. In addition, Jackson won a dream deer and hog hunting trip with Woods-N-Water outfitters in Wrightsville. Jackson and a parent get to hunt and stay at a remote lodge. They will be fed well, and they get to fish in a private pond.

At press time, Jackson hadn’t visited Adventure Outdoors yet. However, his mom emailed us to let us know that Jackson had a Benelli 20-gauge for dove hunting on the top of his list. Great choice, Jackson!

The 2019-20 GON Youth Big-Buck Contest starts on Saturday, Sept. 14. One youth 15 years of age or younger will be back at Adventure Outdoors next year to spend $3,000 as they get outfitted for a dream hunt at Woods-N-Water.

From left: Craven Hudson, Extension 4-H Specialist, Jackson Tatum and Chris Sagar, 4-H BB specialist.

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Chris Sagar was the official gun handler for the Youth Big-Buck Shoot-Out. Chris is a 4-H National Certified Rifle Instructor. Chris leads training sessions for adults who are working with youth in the various rifle programs and is an adult 4-H volunteer in Forsyth County and the chief range officer for 4-H Target Challenge Weekend BB match. For the Youth Shoot-Out, a Daisy 499B Champion BB gun was used. It’s the same gun used across the nation in 4-H competitions. For more on the 4-H Project S.A.F.E. program, call your county extension office, or go to 

Jackson busts a raw egg from 15 feet, which keeps GON target man Scott Hodges busy.

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Eric Wallace (left) with Adventure Outdoors was on hand for GON’s Youth Shoot-Out to congratulate Jackson Tatum, 16, of Ellenwood, for winning a $3,000 shopping spree at Adventure Outdoors. Jackson also won a dream deer and hog hunting trip with Woods-N-Water. There to award Jackson with the trip was Dale Burley (right) with Woods-N-Water. All of the GON Youth-Shoot-Out winners won a customized jersey from Realtree. The contest is open to all GON member kids who are 15 or younger when they kill a buck.

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