Special to the Register
The Bluegrass Army Depot, along with Madison County Ducks Unlimited and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, hosted 14 Wounded Warriors Jan.11-13 for the second-annual Wounded Warrior Waterfowl Hunt.
The 14 veterans who participated in the event traveled from Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Participants ranged from first-time waterfowl hunters to hunters that have waterfowl hunted for 20 years.
The weekend started Friday morning at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area, where the veterans participated in shooting clay pigeons. Following the practice, the veterans, along with their DU mentors, visited hunting locations to make necessary preparations for the next day hunt. Hunters launched boats and set out duck and goose decoys.
Friday evening, Madison County Ducks Unlimited, District 10 Ducks Unlimited, DU TV and other surrounding chapter volunteers provided the veterans with a wild game dinner. The dinner consisted of roasted elk, wild turkey, goose poppers, venison, pheasant and duck.
The veterans were presented jackets, hats and gloves donated by Browning and Avery Outdoors.
Shotgun shells were donated by Hevi-Metal. Zink and Fat Boy also donated custom goose and duck calls to each veteran.
The veterans hunted Saturday morning at the Blue Grass Army Depot.
Lake Vega, Lake Buck, and Lake Gem were the primary hunt locations.
The veterans’ total harvest for the day was 45 ducks and seven Canadian Geese.