|TOMO hunter Jackson Thorpe with SCDNR's Mark Ferrell|
|For Veterans, Disabled and Youth hunters|
|Therapy Dogs work the event each year|
While the Lowcountry Chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI) is the host organization for this annual Wounded Warrior deer hunt, they also choose to partner with other groups. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources sent Take One Make One (TOMO) director Mark Ferrell to the Lowcountry this year in order to take some youths hunting. White Hall Plantation hosted these youngsters and Jackson Thorpe was able to harvest a huge 8-point buck on that hunt.
Part of the mission statement for this annual hunt is to show the participants that hunting deer can be a therapeutic outdoor activity. As someone who has been attending the hunt for eleven years now, I’d say that goal is always accomplished. You can factor in the hospitality of the volunteers, and the beauty of the plantations of the ACE Basin, but it’s the natural resources of the Lowcountry that always shine brightly. Finally, this hunt is a fine way to express appreciation for the patriotism, service and sacrifice of the Wounded Warrior hunters and it’s going to stay an important date on the deer season calendar, come rain or shine.
To view this feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.
|Caterer Ben Moise and Organizer Mark Peterson|
To view past blog entries on SCDNR whitetail deer management click here.