The Lowcountry Chapter of Safari Club International is known for the annual Wounded Warrior deer hunt in the ACE Basin each Fall. The local leadership noticed one particularly worthy veteran and contacted the SCI Headquarters to sponsor him for the award that recognizes hunters who overcome great adversity.
Sergeant Eric Edmundson of New Bern, N.C. is one of only two Pathfinder Award recipients in 2012, and he traveled to Las Vegas during the SCI National Convention to accept the honor and an all-expense-paid African Safari. Sgt. Edmundson then traveled to Charleston to join the Lowcountry Chapter at their annual banquet at the Charleston Yacht Club.
Sgt. Edmundson was serving our nation in Iraq when an IED caused him severe injuries, leaving him confined to a wheelchair and robbed of his ability to speak. Sgt. Edmundson has not let these disabilities deter him from joining Lowcountry SCI for several trips to the ACE Basin deer hunt. Local chapter officer Bill Snow became close with Sgt. Edmundson and enlisted others to support his idea of recognizing Sgt. Edmundson with the Pathfinder Award.“The night Sgt. Edmundson received the award in Las Vegas our local chapter representatives felt a humbling feeling,” said Miles Crosby, SCI chapter President. “Bill Snow and his wife Karen deserve a lot of credit as do all the club members. Sgt. Edmundson is a decorated wounded warrior who does credit to the hunting heritage that sportsmen hold in high regard.”
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|SCI's Bill Snow (on left) and leaders applaud Edmundson|
|Two ladies of Lowcountry SCI|