Texas Game Wardens Organize Deer Hunt for Disabled Navy Veteran, Son

by Keeli Parkey

A father and son recently had the opportunity to take place in a very special deer hunt. The hunt came about thanks to the game wardens of Polk County, Texas.

According to a report by KLTV.com, the game wardens of the county, which has a population of around 45,000 and is located in eastern Texas, wanted to help their community. They knew that assistance had to involve the outdoors, so they asked landowners in their community for ideas. That reportedly led to an idea very special hunt.

What did they decide to do? The game hunters opted to make it possible for a disabled veteran and a youngster to hunt.

According to the report, a drawing was held on social media. The details to enter the drawing were reportedly shared on Feb. 5 in the Field Notes section on the website of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Also, this motivated members of the community and its businesses to get behind the hunt for the disabled veteran and youngster.

Navy Veteran Wins Deer Hunt

So, who won the deer hunt? The winner was a retired Navy veteran and his son. Making their selection significantly better was that the son was a first-time hunter, according to the hunt.

“The father and son joined game wardens on the Simon Peter Bend Ranch for an amazing hunt,” the game warden field notes reportedly said.

“Both hunters and the landowner were thrilled about the experience, and now plan to keep in contact with one another,” the notes continued.

According to the report, processing of the meat harvested from the deer hunt was donated by Moye’s Processing. Also, a mount of the deer was donated by McQuilkin Taxidermy.

The report also said the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department thanked Toni Cochran-Hughes for what is described as “Texas hospitality and amazing meals.” The department was also thankful for the love the hunt showed to a veteran.

More Deer Hunting Can Lead to Increase in Lead Poisoning in Eagles, Study Shows

While more people taking to the great outdoors during COVID-19 has been positive in so many ways, there have been some negative repercussions.

For example, according to previous reports, many eagles in the state of Minnesota have suffered lead poisoning in recent months. This is a result of the increase in the number of hunters in that state since the pandemic began.

CBS Minnesota reported on the issue in January. With more individuals hunting, more deer are being killed and more of their remains are left behind for eagles to eat. Unfortunately, the remains of the deer often contain ammo that is lead-based.

“Eighty-five to 90 percent of the eagles that come in have some amount of lead in their system, The Raptor Center’s Dr. Julia Ponder told CBS.

The lead poisoning causes brain damage in the eagles infected. As of the time of the CBS report, approximately 30 eagles were diagnosed with lead poisoning. Sadly, the majority of those eagles did not live, according to CBS.