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Wounded Warrior Lunch and Big Hunt
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • Posted January 4, 2012

It has been a great year of success for our wounded Warrior program here in Mason County, and we want to make sure we end it as only you people in Mason County can end it.This Friday, at high noon, at Eckert Civic Center, we’re hosting around thirty-five warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center, the Paralyzed American Veterans, and Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Brigade. We estimate the total numbers to be around fifty people by the time you add in all the support people that need to accompany this many soldiers.For those of you who came last year, you know it was a great occasion, and we want it to be the same or better this year. We will have more sirloin, more sausage, and more beans. I’m not sure you ladies can bring more desserts, so maybe we can get a bigger table. Any of you who want to bring a side dish, please mark your container so we can get it back to you.We will be serving from noon until around two, and we are going to set up extra tables. So just close down the banks, businesses and schools, especially the newspaper office so we can get some good pictures. Let’s show these warriors the support they deserve, and as we always say, it’s gonna be a feel good thing.And now for the normal old reporting stuff. We have had some outstanding hunts here of late. On the Behrens Ranch, one of the Axis bucks made the equivalent of Boone and Crockett, we think the Gold Medal Award. Also, the Safari Club International purchased a trophy hunt for a triple amputee from Brooke Army Medical Center, and after a tough two day hunt, he took a trophy fallow buck there on Mrs. Behrens Ranch. Wayne and Nancy Jordan at Art hosted a successful hunt for two men from the Warrior Transition Brigade from Fort Hood.Last week we hunted on the Tommy and Joyce Durst Ranch here in Mason, the Behrens Ranch, and the SKT Ranch at Art. Tommy and Joyce graciously allowed us to harvest some top quality bucks from their herd on their home place, some in the 140 to 150 class, plus five does. Needless to say, there were smiles and high fives all around.Now, back to the dinner this Friday. You know, we do not solicit funds. Several people last year told us we should have had a donation bucket at the dinner. Well, this year, we have been raffling a rifle for funds to support the program, and thanks go out to Kenneth and Jim Bob at the Mason Feed Store for allowing us to display the rifle there and to Pam, Mike, and Celeste for selling the tickets. The rifle will be at the dinner. If you want to donate to our program, you can either buy some tickets or just donate to the person selling tickets there at the dinner. Also at this time, we want to acknowledge generous donations by Rodney Jackson, Brad Lehmberg, Don Daniels, Glenn and Marnelle Ruthven, Jeff Thiem and Rebecca Murski, and Willard and Peggy Jordan. Also we want to acknowledge the labor of love put in by Mrs. Bruce Fowler and her ladies in hand making all the warm hats for the hunters.See you Friday, high noon, at Eckert Civic Center. You’ll go away feeling good about yourself. We’ll guarantee it.

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