Once again our annual trip to Alzada was a huge success. The six Montana wounded veterans who hunted with us this year were Shawn Komarek, Daniel Kind, Bruce Maybon, Chris Deavila, Aaron Lurz, and Aaron Evenson. This year Montana Wounded Warrior Mackay Mathiason headed up the trip and this is what he had to say:
As the 2016 Montana hunting season kicked off , I found himself moving into a new and exciting role with Montana Wounded Warriors. I transitioned from a wounded vet that has been fortunate enough to be able to go on these trips that the program has worked so hard to establish for us vets to leading a hunt of my own. The program has been so helpful for me in my recovery and transition back into the civilian life. I’ve met new life long friends and mentors from this program. Recognizing this I felt that I wanted to do more and be more involved and hoped to help other vets as much as the program has helped me. I got that chance this year, leading 6 vets in Alzada with Trophies Plus Outfitters for opening weekend of general deer season. It was a great success with 5 out of the 6 tagging out. I’m fully confident that our sixth hunter would have tagged out if he had not had a family emergency that forced him to leave early. It was an amazing trip full of great people, especially the entire staff at Trophies Plus Outfitters, making all the vets feel welcome and cherished. It was full of banter and side splitting laughter. I couldn’t have felt more proud to be able to give back and help out with Montana Wounded Warriors. I look forward to great things to come and furthering my efforts with this fantastic program.