Seneca Nation affiliate to build S.C. hunting center

By: James Fink

A new shooting complex in South Carolina being developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation will be constructed by SCMC LLC, a subsidiary of Seneca Holdings LLC.

SCMC, the construction management arm of Seneca Holdings, was selected by the federation to construct the first phase of the complex, which is located in Edgefield, S.C. adjacent to the organization’s headquarters. Seneca Holdings is one of the business enterprises operated by the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The center, which is being developed in phases over more than 700 acres of land. It will include a shooting complex, a Roundhouse, 6,000-square-foot education center and pro shop and an 8,400-square-foot pavilion that houses outdoor observation decks along with areas for outdoor conservation training.

“It’s an honor for us to have been chosen to build this dynamic addition to the NWTF campus,” said Steve Martin, SCMC LLC president. “In essence, we are helping the NWTF carry out its goals of saving critical wildlife habitat and our country’s hunting heritage.”

Founded in 1973, the National Wild Turkey Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of hunting heritage.

Phase One completion is slated for December. Additional phases will be scheduled over the next several years and may include construction of a 200-person-capactiy conference center for training, education and fundraising, and overnight accommodations for NWTF volunteers and partners to engage in organizational activities.

“Our vision is to have the premier shooting complex and outdoor educational center in the country by the end of the decade,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO.