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Disabled Veterans Hunt at Warren Prairie Natural Area

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) state chapter, and Freedom Defender Outdoors (FDO) organized and hosted a Disabled Veterans Hunt on November 6 and 7 at Warren Prairie Natural Area. The hunt was created as a special thank you to the veterans for their service in our armed forces.

Five veterans representing the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps participated in the hunt. Their status ranged from 90 percent physically disabled to those with extreme cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. Each of the participants expressed excitement at being part of this special hunt and spending time in fellowship with nature.

The event was the idea of ANHC’s Chief of Research and Inventory, Bill Holimon, who worked with Mark Hooks, AGFC regional biologist in Monticello, to organize the hunt. They joined forces with Terry Thompson, president of the Arkansas NWTF chapter to host the event. Jarred Cartwright with Freedom Defender Outdoors recruited and selected the veterans to participate.

Previous hunting experience varied between participants. Some of the veterans had hunted in their youth and one had never had the opportunity to deer hunt. Four of the five participants had shots at harvesting a deer during the hunt.

The ANHC, AGFC, NWTF state chapter, and FDO hope to host another Disabled Veterans Hunt at Warren Prairie Natural Area at some point in the future.

Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

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