Members of the Mason County Texas Project hosted the first hunt of the season, with an emphasis toward bringing some of the more severe cases to the county in order to provide more support than is possible during the Annual Big Hunt in January.
Overall, we had seven hunters, assisted locally by Ken and Sarah Stahl, Logan and Steve Toone, and several of Steve’s hunters. On Friday, the vets were provided the usual steak lunch with all the fixings, with the evening meal served at Zavala’s. Steak wraps were the lunch fare Saturday, and for this small group, hunting continued through Saturday evening. When all was done, the final harvest was nine deer, with the National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America taking a good buck. As a full quadriplegic using the ‘puff technology’, and having the nickname "Puff Daddy", his picture will go into the PVA Magazine under the caption, "Even Quads Can Hunt."
The Annual Big Hunt will be held January 15-16, 2010, starting around noon at the Richard P. Eckert Civic Center. Everyone is welcome to come meet these young men and women, enjoy a good meal and just socialize with us. We’ll have plenty of good sirloin, sausage and fixings, so just show up. We expect 20 hunters, 20 support aides and another 10 doctors, nurses, counsellors and assorted support staff, so you will just blend right in. Bring a sweet or a side if you feel the need.
This is a good program of which Mason County can be real proud. We keep saying that some day we’ll be out of this business, but until then, we’ll just keep on doing what we do. These men and women have sacrificed so much, and they are so grateful for what we do. However, we can only tell them that what they have done and continue to do is so much more than we can ever do for them.
The hunt was originally scheduled for January 8 and 9, but was moved forward a week due to the Arctic cold that moved into the area last week.