First Mike Halter Living The Legend Award Given To Maggie O'Rear Of Hixson

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Pictured from left to right are Brandy Halter Myers , Maggie O'Rear and Rachel
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Pictured from left to right are Brandy Halter Myers , Maggie O'Rear and Rachel Halter
The first annual Mike Halter- Living the Legend award was presented during the NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation) -Cherokee Chapter Banquet, on March 1.

The award is given in honor of Mike Halter who died on Feb. 6 of this year. Mike was an avid hunter, conservationist and volunteer of the NWTF. He would often be overheard saying, "Invest in the Future- Invest in our Kids".

The recipient of the Mike Halter-Living the Legend award  was 11-year-old Maggie O'Rear of Hixson. During 2013 Maggie showed great sportsmanship, determination and love for the sport of turkey hunting.
She killed her first turkey in the rain while on a hunt with her dad and uncle. She attends Hixson Middle School and has just begun archery lessons.


The Mike Halter Living the Legend award will be presented annually within the NWTF organization.

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