Annual youth hunting event marks 13 years, 33 smiles

Participants in the 13th Annual Pine Hills & Oak Hollars Child Classic gather after their Saturday morning squirrel hunt where the kids killed 19 squirrels with the assistance of two hunting dogs. Shown are (standing, left side of truck) Andy Miller, Heath Atkins, Hunter Carter, Joshua Lewis, James Gillion, Noah Carter, Madden Ferrell, John Gillion, Jalen Lewis, Jackson Miller, Isaac Gillion, Shane Clanton, Karson Buckelew, Jake Robinson, Chris Robinson, Bobby Joe Childers, Scotty Harbor, Cody Davenport and Jordan Humphres, and (front row, squatting, from left) David Cochran, Jeff Carter and Rodney Buckelew.

By Kathryn “Chazz Hirschfeld
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The 13th Annual Pine Hills & Oak Hollars Child Classic was held Jan. 4-7, with several youth able to experience the joy of hunting, along with other meaningful activities and events.
“This makes 13 years, 26 kids and 33 smiles,” said Jeff Carter, originator and president of the classic. “We’ve had 26 kids, but several have had an opportunity to come back. So that’s 33 smiles we’ve been able to be a part of.
“We had four kids last year, and we were going to do four again this year, but the good Lord seen fit for us to have five.”
Those participating in 2024 include (ages at time of hunt): Madden Ferrell, 13, of Springhill, Tenn.; Jalen Lewis, 13, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; Karson Buckelew, 16, of Hanceville; John Gillion, 11, of Hamilton; and his brother, Isaac Gillion, 13...

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