Local Hunting Club Hosts "Hero Hunt"
MARION -- The cold temperatures are not stopping a group of passionate hunters. Men from the Tennessee organization Hero Hunt are in Williamson County this weekend. The charity is dedicated to working with soldiers and law enforcement that have been injured in the line of duty.
It was a dark and early start for these hunters, who were looking for some good bird action.
"Good bird action is everybody gets the limit. But as long as we're seeing birds and birds are working, it will be a good day," says army veteran Ken Hohneck.
Just over a dozen men gathered at McCurdy's Hunting Club in Marion Saturday morning. Most of them are not from Illinois, but they're here to participate in the Hero Hunt.
"We've had six total deer hunts in two years and two turkey hunts, and 28 soldiers that I've got to visit that have come through our farm," says founder Joe Towers.
Towers lives in Nashville, Tennessee and started the charity in 2012. He sets up hunts all over the country. He created the charity using hunting and fishing as a way of therapy for wounded vets, police, and fire personnel.
"If it wasn't for the veterans and the first responders and the police and the firemen keeping us safe at home, and the soldiers defending our beliefs, our freedoms abroad, we wouldn't be here," says an emotional Towers.
Many of the men are soldiers stationed out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Some of them are hunting geese for the first time. The program offers the guys a chance to meet people and make lifelong friendships.
"It's just comradery, getting around a bunch of guys that do the same things you're doing. And you get to forget about work for a little while and actually get out and have a good time," says Hohneck.
Towers is a police officer and a veteran and says it's the least he could do for our nation's heroes. But News Three wasn't the only television crew getting in the bird action. The hunters were also followed by a crew from the Pursuit Channel, filming for one of its TV shows.
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