History

Ken and Pam Barnard started with a piece of recreational property just outside Fayetteville NC.  With their family and friends in mind,  they began building a weekend retreat facility that allowed them and their guests the ability to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

By 2008, Ken and Pam had such positive feedback from the folks that came out to enjoy themselves, (the majority of whom were Soldiers, retirees and their family members) that they soon realized there was an opportunity to give back to the military community in a new and exciting way. They were both raised in military families and have been huge supporters of Fort Bragg and its extended family for many, many years.

As an avid outdoorsman, Ken soon noticed the void in many soldiers lives when they returned from theater with injuries that limited- or had completely halted- their ability to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. He knew that he had the perfect place to take these heroes so that they may again enjoy the outdoors. Patriot Hunts was born.

The Maple Creek Farm and Preserve property continued to grow. Over time, they built and stocked a large pond and created a duck impound. They built tree stands and hunting blinds. Near the blinds, they cleared shooting lanes and entire areas of forest in order to build habitat and massive food plots that cater to every type of game from deer, turkey, bear, dove, quail and pheasant. Ken even raised quail for a while so that he could provide “put-and-take” quail hunts to guests while working his own hunting dogs for the shooters. Everything was soon aimed at providing the ultimate experience for their guests. Now, the climbing wall and the zip line Ken installed gives children even more to do when they come out to an event- not to mention the skeet shooting, archery lanes, fishing,  ATV rides, and even more! Staff and volunteers are there to assist anyone, regardless of age or injury, needing assistance.

2008 brought the first organized dove hunt to Maple Creek Farm and Preserve, followed by multiple Youth Hunts, Youth Field Days, Gold Star Family events, Wounded Warrior Hunts, Wounded Warrior Field Days, Active Duty Field Days, and so on.

Patriot Hunts truly provides opportunities for just about everyone these days and they do it with a small staff and volunteers that endlessly support every event. The camaraderie at these events is immeasurable.

Patriot Hunts, Inc. is now providing outdoor experiences to wounded soldiers and gold star families from across the nation. Numerous property owners, ranches, game preserves and fishing charters from far and wide have contacted Ken and offered to donate opportunities for heroes.  Not only do Ken and Pam provide a wide array of outdoor experiences at Maple Creek Farm and Preserve, but now- through Patriot Hunts, they coordinate hunting and fishing experiences throughout the United States. Lately, Ken has taken several wounded soldiers on hunting adventures that have been provided by landowners in other states like Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Carolina. Candidates from as far as California can now access these opportunities.

Details about the experiences and a calendar of upcoming events can be found by clicking here.

100% OF DONATED FUNDS GO DIRECTLY TO SUPPORTING THE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE OF THE SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES PATRIOT HUNTS HELPS EVERY YEAR! ALL of Ken’s personal travel expenses (fuel, food, lodging, etc.) incurred while traveling with wounded soldiers are paid out of HIS OWN POCKET!

Ken personally interviews and selects each candidate for the hunting or fishing opportunities that arise in other states and he personally escorts the individuals- and multiple individuals to the location of the event(s).

He is absolutely dedicated to ensuring that the participants have a fantastic experience. Ken is also an absolutely shining example of stewardship while representing the military community as a whole to the host’s that provide the event.

“My two sons, along with my wife and I, are very fortunate to  help Ken and Pam on the property whenever we can come out for the events. Whether it be mowing, serving food, or just helping with cleanup after the event, just being there is something to cherish. They would often invite us out for a deer hunt, dove or maybe even a quail hunt and, from what started as just a few friends and family members getting together for hunts prior to 2008 , the events seemed to grow in detail and in number of participants each time. It gets better every time!

As a Soldier that moved his family from state to state very regularly, having such a fantastic place to hunt and having access to such great people helped me mold my sons (now both Servicemen, too) into the outdoorsmen that they are today. Having a Gold Star child hunt alongside me and my sons for the day at recent dove shoot was a life-altering experience…for all of us. It will not be forgotten.

Many of Ken and Pam’s friends are from the Special Forces community and other units at Fort Bragg- many of them returned as Wounded warriors, many didn’t return at all. Now, every hunt, every event, every opening blessing, every meal shared, every door prize given out, every first deer, dove or first fish and every smile (and especially every joyful tear) is dedicated to all the warriors and their families.

I encourage you to spend some time on the website reviewing the photos and reading about the experiences of those that have been fortunate enough to have Ken and Pam Barnard in their lives. Better yet- spend some time with them at Maple Creek Farm and Preserve for a Youth Field Day or one of the many Wounded Warrior events…you won’t regret it!”

 

“We must never quit. We must never falter. We must never leave a fallen comrade”.


 


Patriot Hunts is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for our Wounded Warriors, and Gold Star children of fallen heroes. With all of us sportsman and Patriots working together, we truly can make a difference in the life of a soldier who has chosen to lay his life at the altar of freedom on our behalf. These men and women have not only paid a physical and mental price, some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. The cost of freedom is not measured in dollars, and it is paid for by patriots in our armed forces, by their courage, their commitment, and their willingness to stand in harms way for this country.

Stepping up and either volunteering or through your generous donations we can give back to the children of our fallen brothers, and help give them the guidance that their parent they have lost would have loved to be here to do. So it is with great pride and honor that we even have this opportunity and accept this challenge to reach out a helping hand.

The thought of a single Gold Star child being forgotten, and never having the opportunity to witness a sunrise from a duck blind, or hear a turkey gobble after flying down from the roost, or see a flock of geese fly over a deer stand while hunting, is just heartbreaking, so help us to make that dream come true for these deserving kids that have been devastated by lose, by donating.

Helping to empower Gold Star Children of fallen heroes through outdoor therapy. 

By supporting this effort, your giving so many deserving kids an opportunity to experience things through hunting & fishing they may have never been given the chance to.

Take the time to help give back to those soldiers who have sacrificed so much.

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