Nineteen Purple Heart recipients from Mississippi and Alabama enjoyed a weekend of entertainment and whitetail deer hunting. Purple Heart recipients are veterans who have truly affirmed their willingness to put their lives on the line for the sake of freedom. Veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Middle East wars participated in the hunt.
Nine private hunting clubs in Coahoma and Bolivar counties graciously opened their gates, cabin doors and hearts to serve those who have so bravely and unselfishly have served our country. The clubs included:
Bland Bayou Hunting Club
Burke‚Äôs Hunting Club
Coahoma County Conservation League
Concordia Hunting Club
Merigold Hunting Club
Ward Lake Hunting Club
Sunny skies, mild temperatures and a full moon prevailed and provided the hunters a bountiful harvest. Harvest results included 15 bucks and two does. The largest buck was a beautiful 10-point that green scored 164. The buck was taken at Ward‚Äôs Lake Hunting Club. The fortunate hunter was Cody Perkins of Meridian, MS. Another fortunate hunter was Dennis Adams of Hernando, MS. After missing a shot on a morning hunt, Dennis was fortunate to harvest the same missed beautiful 150+ class buck a few hours later on the afternoon hunt. The host camp was Watts Plantation.
Over the course of three days, the veterans enjoyed good food, great music, outstanding hunting and hospitality at the hunting camps, and prizes and awards provided by Coahoma and Bolivar County merchants and individuals.
Many merchants and volunteers made this event possible through the donation of their facilities, materials as well as their time. These gifts were expressions of their gratitude to the veterans and active military personnel for their service.
Groundwork is already in process to resume the whitetail hunt next year. The hunt is always conducted the weekend closest to December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day.–Greg Duncan- Mississippi SCI Chapter