Veteran’s Day, 2015
In honor of all veterans, this year I am writing about a very special veteran’s project in Anoka, Minnesota. For the third year, the City of Anoka hosted the Waterfowl for Warriors event. Each year there are two September hunts for early goose season and two October hunts for regular waterfowl season. The events are held at the Anoka Nature Preserve, a 200-acre parcel of land that was placed into conservation by the City.
Each event includes a morning hunt where veterans are transported to the field. Volunteers call birds and provide dogs for retrieving, along with patrolling the perimeter of the field to assure a safe hunt and alert people that a hunt is occurring. Ammunition for the hunt is provided by Federal Premium Ammunition, a long-standing employer and community partner in Anoka.The morning’s hunt concludes with a fully-donated lunch. At the first event, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr presented medallions to each of the Veteran Hunters prior to the hunt. Plaques were also presented, recognizing those who have volunteered to make the hunts such a success.
The idea for the project was started by Scott Wahl, a state patrol officer from Coon Rapids, and George Walker, an Anoka police officer and former marine. These two were joined and enthusiastically supported by Anoka Council member Jeff Weaver. The hunts are becoming more and more popular – so much so that the city is now stepping in to further help by taking over the registration of veterans for the hunts.
A successful hunt … in many, many ways.
A BIG THANK YOU to all VETERANS!!
As always, thank you for reading my blog.
Photos provided by Jeff Weaver.