Orchard Hills Church
Blanton to speak at Sportsmans' Dinner
by Staff Reports
One of Georgia’s best known hunters will be in Newnan on Thursday at 6 p.m. to share his experiences with local outdoorsmen.
David Blanton, the host of numerous hunting shows on ESPN and a member of the Realtree Outdoors staff, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Sportsmans’ Dinner at Orchard Hills Church. Blanton said he cannot fulfill all of the speaking requests that he receives, but he felt a special connection to appear in Newnan.
“I feel I’m guided to do certain ones, and this is one of those,” Blanton said.
The annual event at Orchard Hills is fun for the entire family, said organizer Jared Pope. “This is fun and fellowship for anyone interested in the outdoors – men, women and children,” Pope said.
Blanton said he loves sharing how his passion for the outdoors evolved into a dream job for him. On a recent Tuesday, he had the opportunity to help Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones bag his first Eastern turkey.
“This is a whole new world for Chipper because he’s always been playing baseball during this time of the year for his entire life,” Blanton said. “Now he can turkey hunt in the spring.”
Blanton said Georgia turkeys are going through a mid-season lull that often occurs after the early mating season. “There’s still a lot of gobbling going on, but not as much as a week or 10 days ago,” Blanton said.
Blanton has been an integral part of Realtree’s video efforts since he started in 1991 as video production manager. He has served as executive producer of Realtree Outdoors since the show premiered in 1993.
Blanton is also executive producer of Realtree’s popular Monster Bucks video series.
He has earned a reputation throughout the hunting industry as someone who knows the ins and outs of videotaping and harvesting trophy bucks, turkeys and other wildlife. His countless hours in front of and behind the camera have taught Blanton how to be consistently successful on whitetail and other big game across North America.
He will pull himself away from the woods Thursday to join local sportsmen for smoked barbecue and other home-cooked foods at the Orchard Hills dinner. Attendees also will have a chance to win numerous door prizes including Bass Pro Shop gift certificates.
Tickets to the Sportsmans’ Dinner are $15 each and are available for purchase at the Orchard Hills Church office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Individuals interested in purchasing tickets also can call the business office at 678-854-9180.
Tickets can be held at the door for those who are not able to visit the church office in advance.