MUSE, FL. -- Florida Forest Service and Lykes Ranch recently hosted two hunts for wounded American veterans in Glades County. These hunts provided a stress-free, relaxing time to foster camaraderie and rehabilitation. Sponsors provided funding for food, lodging and transportation for the participants, as well as deer blinds, camouflage, binoculars and any other equipment needed to ensure the success of the hunt.
“These two hunts were established to be therapeutic,” says Danny Callahan, Senior Forest Ranger, Florida Forest Service. “You are trying to outsmart the opponent in the woods,” Callahan explains, “this time it was wild hogs.” The tension builds, then comes a sudden rush of adrenaline, all while sitting next to a man with a weapon, whom you trust to make the right decision. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for the combat veterans to enjoy the outdoors and tell war stories in the woods or around a campfire. Combat veterans can find solace in sharing their stories with others combat veterans.”
The two hunts (November 4 & 12) were a great success and the four hunters came back with a harvest of wild hogs, from the Lykes Ranch’s hunting grounds, where the harvest was processed and distributed amongst the warriors.