The Haywood Community College Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society finished fourth place overall at the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, competing against 24 other schools. The event was held at Mississippi State University. HCC finished just behind the University of Georgia, NC State University and the University of Tennessee, beating both undergraduate and graduate students from four-year schools and beating the only other two-year school.

In the past seven years, HCC has placed in the top five spots six times. The annual conclave provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation, as well as networking amongst students, faculty and wildlife professionals. Activities include a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities for professional development. 

The 19 students from HCC placed second overall in intellectual competitions (essay, poetry, radiotelemetry, dendrology, orienteering, field photography and lab practical), third overall in physical competitions (rifle, shotgun, archery, obstacle course, flycasting and canoeing) and fourth overall in art competitions (drawing, painting, freeform, trail camera, digital photography, landscape photography and turkey, cervid, waterfowl and miscellaneous calling). HCC finished fourth in the team field competition and ninth in quiz bowl.

For more information about HCC’s Natural Resources programs, please call 828-627-4626.

Donated photos. Pictured are HCC students and instructors who attended the 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave:  front row-Matt Bostick; second row-Amber Bumgardner, Morgan Davis and Lead Instructor Shannon Rabby; third row- Cody Patton, Justin Kerr, Johnathan Carreto, Garrett Dail, Blake Ledbetter, Dylan Rogers and Candice Moreau; back row-Instructor Wally Woods, Cody Bolick, Dylan Poplin, Dillon Wood, Dalton Boone, Alex Mense, Luke Swaringen, Hunter Williams, Dawson Pia and Trevor Walker. The team finished fourth place overall against 24 other schools.