DAV New Ulm Chapter 15 hosts 4th annual pheasant hunt
Sunrise brought a gorgeous hunting day on September 20th as DAV ch15 hosted their 4th annual pheasant hunt at the River Ridge Gun Club, near Courtland, MN. Twenty five applicants were treated to an all-expense-paid fun day of hunting pheasants and trap shooting, ending with camaraderie and a lunch hosted by DAVA Unit 15.
Hunters came from a wide area of southern Minnesota with varying skill and ambulatory levels, including a one-armed hunter, a legally blind hunter, and a ninety four year old World War II Marine.
For many of the physically disabled vets, this was their only opportunity to get out and hunt. Hunt coordinator and chapter Jr. vice-commander Kenny Eckstrand sought volunteers and donations of ammunition and door prizes. Gun club owner Les Zwach said it was easy to find volunteer dog guides to assist. Representatives from other vets organizations both helped and participated, like the Legion, VFW, Wounded Warrior Guide Service, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, as well as a rep from Congressman Walz’s office.
Many hunting and “war” stories were exchanged after the hunt, during lunch and as they posed for a group photo. Volunteers cleaned the birds, allowing for each participant to take home their claim and enjoy the hunt even further.