Montana Wounded Warriors had its most successful year yet harvesting mule deer, and this year’s hunt in Fort Peck was a big part of that. We were scheduled to take six wounded warriors on our trip, and unfortunately Chuck Cloud hit a deer with his vehicle before ever getting a chance to hunt. Thankfully Chuck was unhurt, but his vehicle was unable to make the trip to Fort Peck. Those who joined us were Jared Fleury, Chuck Williams, Brandon Olsen, Rob Turner and Chris Pyette.
Once again the staff at the Fort Peck Hotel did a great job of putting our wounded vets on awesome deer. The weather was a little warm but the deer were moving and all five of our wounded vets filled their tags. Just as important as filling their tags is the camaraderie after a long day of hunting when the Wounded Warriors sit around the dinner table telling stories of that days hunt or comparing war stories. As a wounded warrior myself, I can attest that talking about our experiences to those veterans who truly understand really helps in the healing. We shared many laughs during the 5 day hunt and a returning veteran to our hunt, Brandon, seemed to gel the entire group together. He put in many miles looking for the trophy deer of a life time. The outfitter extended his hunt an extra day and a half to make sure he went home with a trophy deer. He as well as the others all had a great time. Thank you to the guides and staff to make this such a special hunt.
Jesse Mann, board president, Montana Wounded Warriors