Three days of deer hunts ---- Nov. 24-26 ---- resulted in four hunters bagging six deer, one buck and five does, on the farm of Jack and Helena Benham, located north of Worthington.
Hunts for Heroes, sponsored by Worthington Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 106 and Worthington American Legion Post 106, in cooperation with American Legion District 7 in Indiana, provided a unique hunting opportunity in Greene County for three disabled veterans and a son.
Marsh spent an extra two days trying to get a buck.
"He didn't get a buck but plans on coming back and trying his luck another time," Joel Wonder, a member of the Worthington SAL squadron and 7th District Sergeant at Arms, commented. "It was a tremendous success. The guys had a great time."
He had special thanks for Buffaloe Bed and Breakfast at Worthington for going the extra mile to make the visiting hunters feel welcome and allowed them special accommodations by allowing their garage to be used to hang and process the deer.
"Everybody took home meat," he added.
The organizers are seeking sponsors and volunteers to help in the future with the program that will also include in-season turkey, rabbit, geese and duck hunts.
"We are trying to make this a community effort," Wonder said in pointing out the processing, lodging and some meals have already been donated. "There is no cost at all to these guys once they get to Indiana. We will provide everything needed for the hunt except for travel to and from and your hunting license. We have over 1,200 acres of prime hunting land to enjoy along with 8,000 acres of public wetland (Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area) that is open to the public."
Wonder said no matter what disability a veteran has, means will be made to get them in and out of the field, dress and clean the game, provide them with all tools needed including guns and ammo, blinds and stands, decoys, and guides.
Plans have are already been made for a future hunt.
"White River Whistling Wings has donated a fully guided late season goose hunt for two disabled American veterans," Wonder said.
A wheelchair turkey hunt is also being planned in the spring.
The Linton Bass Club and Linton Bass Pro Shop have also volunteered to sponsor a 12-man wheelchair accessible fishing tournament in the spring at Greene-Sullivan State Forest.
There will be two one-half day fishing events, complete with prizes for the winners.
Wonder stressed that other hunts and fishing events will be planned as a way for the Greene County community to honor disabled veterans from the area and across the nation.
"This is open to any disabled veteran and if he or she has children we would also make this a family outing for them," Wonder stated.
Wonder said so far, the support from the community and businesses has been encouraging.
"All of the sponsors were a tremendous help with the program. We couldn't have the Hunts for Heroes program without help from our local business partners," Wonder said.
Sponsors and partners for the recent hunt included: Buffaloe Inn Bed and Breakfast, Route 67 Ice Cream and Diner, Sportsman's Pub, Correll's LP Gas, Inc., Bloomfield Dairy Queen, Bloomfield Legion Post 196, Worthington Country Market, Bobe's Pizza, Greene County Daily World, Cornelius Photography, Worthington American Legion Post 106 Ladies Auxiliary, Green Crop Services, Heirloom Game Calls, Sandy Armour, Bloomfield, Dave Setters, Switz City, Dori Taylor, Worthington, Jana and Kevin Benham, Worthington and Jack and Helena Benham, Worthington.
There are also opportunities in this program to donate time or land to hunt on.
Wonder said the goal is to expand in the future as word about the program spreads.
"Please tell your business partners about this program and if you know of a disabled American veteran that would like to take part, please let us know," he said.
Any disabled veteran who is interested in participating in a future event can contact Wonder by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (812) 699-9729. Hunts for Heroes is also on the web at www.hunts-for-heroes.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuntsForHeroes