Mecklenburg, Lunenburg communities host Warrior Hunts
In its second year, Warrior Hunts of Virginia, composed of many local volunteers, recently hosted its annual weekend-long wounded warriors hunt, in which volunteers and sponsors not only fund a hunting trip for injured veterans but also escort the vets hunting and provide transportation, lodging, gear, gifts and meals for the group throughout their stay.
This year, the group of volunteers was able to accommodate six veterans, two more than last year. Those vets included Ray Mestas of Norfolk, Luke Sanford of Virginia Beach, Tommy Powroznik of Prince George, Jerry Hale of Honaker, Va., Monte Webb of High Point, N.C., and Bryan Montgomery of Giles County, Va.
“This event is more than just a hunt,” said event coordinator Johnny Seamster. “It’s therapy for the veterans.”
Taking advantage of Spring Turkey season, the group was able to bag a whopping nine turkeys over a two-day period.
Additionally, the vets received multiple gifts thanks to several generous donors. Chuck Dick with Valvoline Oil donated facemasks, hats and shells (ammunition) to the veterans for the hunt. Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative donated two hats and a tumbler to each hunter, and Southside Friends of the NRA donated a knife to each hunter.
Days Inn of South Hill provided lodging for the group throughout its stay. Eateries that provided meals for the group included South Hill’s The Donut Shop and Brain’s Steak House and Tastee Freez in Kenbridge.
A barbecue style dinner was offered for the group on Friday night at Bagley’s Mill Hunt Club, located in Lunenburg County.
Additionally, a “feast” was held for the group on Saturday evening at Meherrin River Hunt Club.
Shoppers Value grocery store, located in Kenbridge, provided all of the meat for both Friday and Saturday night’s meals. Wilson’s BBQ of South Hill provided the sides. Volunteer cooks for Saturday’s “feast” included Bob Tanner, Steve Moore, Clayton Connell, Paul Connell and Chris Simmons. John Connell made homemade desserts.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors, callers and volunteers,” Seamster said. “This event was made entirely possible through the communities of Mecklenburg and Lunenburg.”
Sponsors for this event include Consumer Escrow & Title Co, Circle W Farms, Big Fork Farms, B&D Nursery, Rent-E-Quip, Farrar Sod Farms, Williams Enterprises, Gasburg Land & Timber Co., Inc., Access Outdoors, Brian’s Steak House, Tastee Freez, Farrar Funeral Home, Wilson’s BBQ, The Donut Shop, C&K Custom Embroidery and Sports Apparel, Inc., Valvoline Oil, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Southside Friends of the NRA and Mossy Oak Properties of Virginia.
Callers and volunteers who assisted with the event, aside from Seamster, included Robert Bondurant, Marc Green, Doug Atkins, John Lee, Lyn Harris, Kevin Lockhart, Chuck Bagley, Jimmy Puckett, Todd Edens, Shane Rohrbaugh, Michael Bailey, Chuck Bagley, Barry Connell and Brian Williams.
Warrior Hunts of Virginia is rapidly expanding its cause and plans to continue hosting the event in years to come, possibly expanding to include other hunting seasons and fishing.
If you would like to donate to or volunteer for this annual event, please contact one of the following; Johnny Seamster by calling (434) 294-6714, Barry Connell by calling (804) 339-3916 or Brian Williams by calling (434) 247-9008.