BLADENSBURG — America’s Freedom Lodge held their annual deer hunt this week, starting with a meet and greet session Sunday. The hunt began Monday and concluded today.
Veterans from all around the country, as well as local veterans, traveled in to participate in the event. The weeklong hunt is an opportunity for wounded or disabled veterans to fellowship with other veterans like them, and to get them into the outdoor world once again. This year 10 veterans participated, some even brought along a friend or a guest to participate.
The group stayed near Round Lake Christian Assembly Camp, and hunted on the Assembly’s property, free of charge. Local businesses donated food as well as free processing for the deer meat, thanks to Oiler Meat Processing in Utica.
According to Derek Miller, vice president of America’s Freedom Lodge, the hunters start their day at 4:30 a.m., get a “light breakfast” and then head out to hunt. The group has “blinds” which are set up on the property and are handicapped accessible. A guide goes out with the veteran when it’s time to hunt; the hunters usually stay out until 11 a.m. Lunch is provided around noon, when veterans and guides will get a bite to eat.
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