Feb 12, 2014 8:36 PM by Dave Fields
Garland, La. -- HeroHunts, an organization which encourages all Louisiana veterans--even those who suffer from debilitating injuries and paralysis--to participate in outdoor sportsmanship, will hold its 1st annual Rabbit hunt in St Landry Parish on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Louisiana veterans and their families are encouraged to participate in this free event. The event will include fun jumps, skeet shooting, food, jambalaya, and much more. All skeets and food are provided. Hunters are required to bring their own orange hats, orange vests, and clear safety glasses.
Veterans will assemble for the hunt at 5:45 a.m at the 2000-acre K-Land Farms, owned by Opelousas attorney Felix DeJean III, near Boeuf Bayou in Garland, La. Dejean's son, Andy, said that his father welcomes any opportunity to show gratitude to veterans.
"My dad has always wanted to give back to the men and women who have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy in our country," said the younger DeJean.
"We place service men and women back in the outdoors," said Troy Coleman, who founded the organization out of Maurice, La., as a means to promote conservation values and outdoor activities. He said that HeroHunts has a number of modified wheelchairs and special wagons for disabled veterans who would like to participate in the regular hunt. Other disabled veterans, Coleman said, may hunt from a shooting range that will allow them to take down any rabbits the dogs may flush in their direction.
Approximately half of the 20 veterans participating are disabled. The services of 30 dogs provided for the HeroHunts event have been donated by volunteers from Kaplan, Harrisonburg, and Palmetto.
Coleman said his group has sponsored 31 hunts to-date and hopes that this one will be his largest.
Participating hunters can obtain directions and more information on the organization's website at www.herohunts.org or by emailing Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.