Anniston Army Depot hosting second Wounded Warrior Hunt
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Edward Quick tagged a nice-sized doe with a shotgun at Anniston Army Depot in January.

Next year he hopes for more of a challenge.

"I plan to bow hunt, that's a little bit more of a challenge," Quick said.

Quick, who earned a Purple Heart for sustaining an injury while serving in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, is one of several veterans already signed up for the depot's second Wounded Warriors Hunt event. Area veterans are invited to sign up for the free event, set for Jan. 17-19.

Veterans interested in participating have until Dec. 15 to register for the hunt.

In addition, military personnel, depot employees and retirees can hunt for $30 each that weekend.

The depot will provide Purple Heart recipients with lodging and meals during the weekend. The hunt will take place on secluded depot property and veterans will be joined during the hunt by volunteer guides familiar with the area. Hunters will be allowed to harvest either gender of deer using a bow or shotgun with a slug.

Keith Colbert, director of the depot’s department of community and family activities, which is organizing the hunt, said organizers hope to register 15 Purple Heart recipients and about 50 veterans. During the last hunt, 35 veterans participated, eight of whom were Purple Heart recipients.

Colbert said the hunting grounds will be separated into two sites, one for veterans and one for Purple Heart recipients. Colbert said the Purple Heart section will accommodate Purple Heart recipients with special needs, such as those who use a wheelchair.

But either site will be good for hunting, Colbert said.

"We have a pristine hunting area out here and plenty of opportunity to take home a trophy," he said.

Colbert said a depot employee came up with the hunting idea last year.

"We want to continue this every year," Colbert said. "We just think it's a great opportunity to give back to those who have given so much."

Quick said he enjoyed his hunting trip last year and recommends other veterans give it a try.

"Everything was nice, the food was good, the hospitality was good," Quick said. "I thought it went very well and really enjoyed it."

To register for the hunt, call 256-235-7170.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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