Veterans of Foreign Wars from Arkansas and surrounding states meet again in Northeast Arkansas for a weekend of duck hunting in association with the local Wounded Warrior Project Dec. 14-16. Volunteers from Randolph and Lawrence Counties, with assistance from the national Wounded Warrior Project and local VFW offices, organized their second project hunt in 2012. A turkey hunt on opening day of the spring season had 21 warriors from six states participate in the premier event.
"It's a way to give back a little of Mother Nature's healing resource to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty," said Mike Richardson, VFW officer for Randolph County.
Warrior hunters will be housed at the Greenheads & Rednecks Hunting Lodge located in Biggers, the newly renovated Biggers High School complex. The Lodge Host and Greenhead Haven Hunting Club will act as host guide services for the event. Warriors will gather Friday afternoon at the lodge with a skeet shoot presented by the Five Rivers Trap Club and duck dog demo. The evening meal, sponsored by Subway, will be followed by a safety program by Arkansas Game & Fish Commission officers. At that time, guides will be able to meet with warrior hunters to make final plans for the morning hunt.
Saturday's hunt will include warriors hunting on WMAs Dave Donaldson and Rainey Brake, as well as privately owned farm duck pits. Following a full day of hunting, warriors will gather back at the lodge for a duck hunt banquet, which will be held in the newly renovated high school auditorium and banquet hall.
Highlights of the event will be speakers through the National Wounded Warrior Project, recognition and awards presentations, and a silent auction. The duck hunt banquet is open to the general public and tickets can be obtained from any VFW office or many local banks. Ticket cost is $15 each and include the dinner meal and lodge entertainment.
The Arkansas Wildlife Federation takes an active role in the activities and will make presentations to each 'warrior hunter' participant. Many local merchant businesses have donated items for the banquet auction, which will assist local volunteers defer expense of the event and add excitement to the Saturday evening banquet activity. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project event can donate at local VFW offices in Randolph and Lawrence Counties.
For more information contact Mike Richardson, FVW service office, at 870-892-3143 or Pat Clinton, VFW service office, at 8760-886-1115.