WARRIOR TRIBUTE-2014 GEORGETOWN DUCKS UNLIMITED

This was our 3rd time traveling to Georgetown SC with 12 wounded warriors to duck hunt on beautiful private plantations with some truly great Americans. These guys come from all walks of life, but the one thing they all have in common is, they serve this nation proudly and absolutely love duck hunting and the great outdoors. Working with Brett Baker with DU National, Toby Avant the Georgetown DU Area Chairman, and of course Dan Ray the driving force and inspiration behind this event is always a pleasure.

They ensure every detail is taken care of from making sure everyone is equipped with waders, guns, ammo, and anything that will make their stay comfortable and safe. This is no small task from every aspect of billeting these guys, to transportation, to license, and all the gear they may need. We all arrived at a local landmark called “The Big Tuna” for a meet and greet with the gracious landowners involved and our host for drinks and snacks. After an hour we headed to Estherville Plantation owned by the Lumpkin Family where we meet a great crowd, enjoyed a oyster roast followed by a awesome low country boil. We spent several hours fellowshipping with all the folks, then all the hunters were given gear bags filled with accessories which was pretty cool. Slowly the hunters were paired up with the plantation owners and headed out to prepare for tomorrows hunt. The scenery and grounds were right out of a Forrest Gump movie, beautiful grounds and estates to say the least.Everyone was up way before dark grabbing coffee and a snack before we headed to impoundments we would be hunting that day. The skies were full of ducks that day, we had just enough wind to make it interesting. As the beautiful sun started to peek out over the marsh I could see ducks on the wind dipping and diving above me in the early morning light. Once we heard the first shot of the day ring our, I knew we were good to go on legal shooting time, and then it was on. It sounded like a training exercise back here at Ft. Bragg with shots ringing from all around me. I could just imagine the laughter going on between the soldiers now as wave after wave of ducks were descending on them at daylight. We hung in there until around 11:00 that morning then headed to the bank with our harvest. After taking photos and telling the stories of the morning hunt, we all loaded our gear and headed to a shooting preserve where the local Sheriffs Department had prepared a very welcome breakfast with all the trimmings. Sharing stories of misses and awesome shots, who’s to say which stories were true, or which stories were stretched a bit?? Really doesn’t matter, fact is everyone was smiling and happy and just plain having fun, in the end that’s all I can hope for. As if the duck hunt wasn’t enough to satisfy any waterfowler, then we headed to a shooting tower where they released (400) pheasant for these guys! You cannot describe that to anyone, they have to see it for themselves, unbelievable is the word that comes to my mind. It truly sounded like a shooting range, I think last year these guys went through over 8000 rounds of shells on 500 pheasants released. Between the sound of gunfire and laughter, no other noise could be heard. What a trip, and like I always say, the harvest of any game is the least of what I hope is gained at our events. To me, it’s the friendships, the stories that we share, the families I meet and the spirit of the American soldier that always comes to the surface that inspires and impresses me each and every time. These good folks in Georgetown not only are our host for the great trips, they are friends first and foremost and always will be. They never cease to amaze me with their compassion, their willingness to share their good fortune, and their support of the military that serves this great nation. A heartfelt thank you goes out to a lot of people behind the scenes that pull together for this annual event. It is truly a heartwarming trip for me, because not only do these warriors come back refreshed and hopefully take this positive experience back to their families and friends, but I feel that we leave that same positive spirit in Georgetown when we leave, so they to can share this experience with their families and the need for events just like this. Thank you for everything Georgetown!!


 


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.

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