Wounded Warrior Pheasant Hunt
On Saturday, 22 warrior hunters gathered at the Forbes Road Hunting Club in Stoystown to bond and shoot pheasants in a fifth-annual hunting event.
The hunting club’s property, owned by Wade Fyock, had 200 pheasants set lose for hunters to shoot throughout five fields — a total of 250 acres.
Ron Packard, a Wounded Warrior Project volunteer, spoke to hunters before they were put into groups and set loose with guns.
He said the event was not led by the Wounded Warrior Project, but that it is important for the veterans to spend time together.
“What we do is we try to get these guys out and about and talking with one another,” Packard said.
Wilbur Wolf of Mechanicsburg Borough, Cumberland County, spent 32 and a half years of his life defending the country in the Army and Pennsylvania National Guard. This was Wolf’s first year participating in the hunt.
“I’ve been invited for three years, but this is the first year I was actually able to get here,” he said. “This is a tremendous way to pay back a little something to these warriors who have sacrificed and served.”
Wolf said he is thankful for his fellow warriors’ services and for the community’s appreciation of them. He said his favorite part of the day was spending time with fellow warriors.
“That’s the single best thing. The hunting is a bonus,” Wolf said. “Being here with (the warriors) is what’s really important.”
The event’s coordinator, Robert “Hank” Sembower, said he wanted to extend a great amount of thanks to the patrons, supporters and volunteers who made the hunt possible.
“We have a heartfelt thanks for all the folks that supported this,” he said, adding that he is appreciative of Fyock, too. “This wouldn’t be possible if this man wouldn’t offer his facilities for this hunt.”
Fyock, however, said he felt honored to provide an enjoyable day for the warrior veterans.
“It’s just an honor to have the opportunity to make an enjoyable day for these veterans that have served us and provided us freedoms that we enjoy,” Fyock said.
“We started out with four hunters the first year. It keeps getting a little bit bigger and the help that we get is easy to find. Everybody’s willing to step forward and help out, so it makes it easy.”