Appreciation Mule Deer Hunt
very proud to have co-hosted our first “Veteran Appreciation
Hunt.” It went really well! Our three honorable veterans
each harvested beautiful, mature mountain mule deer, and
they all did it on opening day. It was very exciting to
see these three veterans, who reside in California, hunt
and harvest what they consider to be trophies of a lifetime.
They were thrilled with their hunt and expressed great
appreciation for all those who helped to make it happen..
started out with Pack String Outfitters and Tom Dermody
of Field of Dream Hunts raising the funds to host this
event, and then we chose the lucky veterans who would be
awarded these hunts. The veterans chosen were all marines:
Jason Finch (who served in Afghanistan), Ron Walden, and
Harold McCarty (who both served in Vietnam). All three
of these honorable veterans suffered severe injuries while
serving to defend our country. They were guided by three
distinguished veterans: John Knipe (23 years), David Krupp
(23 years) and Chas Sekelsky (5 years), and me (not a veteran).
Also assisting in the hunt were the California Field of
Dreams hunt crew, Tom and Matt Dermody (Father and Son)
and John Montelli.
event reminded me of how proud I am to be an American,
and how proud I am of America. We can always find things
to belly-ache about and complain about how there have been
things that have deteriorated since the “good old
days,” but think about this for a moment: almost
40 years ago, during and following the Vietnam war, lots
of Americans couldn’t seem to separate their disapproval
of the war from their attitudes towards the soldiers who
served in that war. Many, if not most, soldiers from that
era felt unappreciated. America has matured a great deal
since then. Many who disapprove of the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq have been able to express great appreciation for
our soldiers, who serve to protect America, even though
they do not support the war. Great Americans have found
countless ways to express their appreciation to soldiers.
This makes me very proud of America! Isn’t it great
that it’s not too late to show Vietnam veterans that
we appreciate them? We appreciate all veterans past and
are some pictures of our first warrior appreciation effort.
If you’d like to be a part of the next one just let
me know and I’ll keep you in the loop for next year’s