It’s been a long week but very rewarding. I came home Wednesday from our first ever Hunt’s for Warriors at Fall Creek Falls State park, the second Hunt for Warriors of the season that was sponsored by our chapter. The weather was nasty, cool and rainy, but in spite of that we had a fantastic time of fun and fellowship. The park rangers had closed an area of the park especially for our use. The park also housed and fed the participants. We harvested 14 whitetail. The smiles on the hunter’s faces were enough to assure me that the many hours of work leading up to this event had been worth it all. As a retired military man myself, it makes me even more proud to see how our chapter gives back to these men and women for all they do by standing between the enemy and us. They put their lives on the line and too often are taken for granted. I am glad we are part of an organization that gives back. I want to thank all of the members of the chapter, the wildlife officers and the staff at Fall Creek Falls State park for working so diligently to make this event run smoothly.
As I sit in my tree stand and wait for the perfect white tail, I cannot help but marvel at the beauty of the nature around me that our Lord has created. On this Thanksgiving Day I want to thank Him for the opportunity to enjoy his world and be a part of the great outdoors. Thank Him for allowing me to live in a country as great as America. Thank Him for the foresight of our forefathers when they wrote the bill of rights. Thank Him for allowing me to live in a country where I have the right to Thank Him publically and without fear or trepidation. And thank Him for our right to bear arms and to hunt.
In thanking Him I also confirm the realization we have a great duty to preserve all that He has given us. We must preserve our freedoms. We must preserve our hunting heritage. We must preserve and conserve our wildlife and their habitat.
I also want to thank YOU, thank you for being members of one of the greatest conservation groups in the world. Thank you for contributing time, dollars and hard work to see that Safari Club, both local and internationally, is able to accomplish its goals through political campaigns, education initiatives, and humanitarian services.
Join me today in thanking our Lord, our forefathers, Safari Club and each other for this wonderful land and this wonderful sport we call hunting.