Wounded warriors go quail hunting

Wounded warriors go quail hunting

CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) - Dozens of troops and wounded warriors are in Calhoun County this weekend for the 8th annual Purple Heart Outdoor Tour.

They'll enjoy a weekend of quail hunting to thank them for their service.

15 South Georgia property and plantation owners host the hunting weekend for the soldiers, giving them a chance to say thanks for their service.

Army Sgt. First Class Bradley did not want us to use his last name, but he was enjoying his first time quail hunting on the Southern Wilderness Plantation.

"For me, I never really hunted anything other than just going overseas and hunting for bad guys."

Bradley has been on two deployments and wounded twice. So this weekend is a welcome change.

Bradley said "Getting to kind of release some of that stress and pressure that you build up for years of deployments and things that you've done overseas."

The invited soldiers and Marines say that chance to just get out in the country and unwind makes a difference.

Eric, a Marine said "The hunting out here for quail is probably the best on the East Coast. But more so than anything else is the opportunity to come out and hang out with your buddies."

The entire weekend event is put on with volunteers and donations. Organizers say it is an honor to host the troops that keep them safe.

Purple Heart Outdoor Tour volunteer Tom Sanders said "People in this country have really appreciated what our military does for us. They've kept that off of our doorstep. This is just a way to say thank you to those guys who sacrifice so much to do that for us."

One volunteer who came all the way from New York, Firefighter Lt. Ken Michitsch, who was at 9-11 and lost 11 members of his company. He was helping cook today, saying it was an honor to be here with these troops.

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Trap Team from Fort Benning put on an exhibition today. The Purple Heart Outdoor Tour will continue through Sunday.

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