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What’s Up Outdoors: Hitting the woods with our veterans

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Veteran Larry Giefer with a Camp Ripley buck. Photo by Jamie Dietman

Before the winter-like weather hit there were some hunters hitting the deer woods in Camp Ripley.

This year marks the 29th annual Veterans deer hunt, which is held in Camp Ripley and brings disabled and recently deployed veterans together for a couple days at deer camp. The Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt takes place annually during the second week of October and runs concurrently with the Service Member Archery Hunt. Hunters are partnered with a volunteer, placed in mobile blinds throughout Camp and allowed to use shotguns with slugs. Meals and lodging are provided to the hunters.

Now, if your a hunter, you know how much you look forward to filling your tag but you also know how much it is about telling stories and seeing old friends.

That’s really what this event is about. Seeing guides that jump at the chance to volunteer year after year. And the speakers from the veteran service organizations that come to support the outdoor program year after year. And, of course, the hunters who come as often as they can to have an early breakfast and see the sunrise from a deer stand, because really there is no better way to watch a sunrise.

It takes all these people to make a great event like this all come together, and I guess the deer play a part also. And this year the disabled veterans bagged five deer and the soldiers took four, not that we are keeping score. Also I would like to give a big shout out to some local organizations that helped the event -- the Brainerd Sunrise Sertoma Club, the Iron Order MC and the Brainerd Elks. You guys make it all possible.

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JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.

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Jamie Dietman

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