Roanoke Rapids Duck Hunt for Soldiers
Under the sponsorship of Freedom Alliance, Jason Savage of the Quack and Quail hunting club arranged a Saturday-morning duck hunt for two injured servicemen. Freedom Alliance provided lodging, and Jason collected giveaway items from Rig ’em Right Waterfowl.
The hunt transpired on the track of land near Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, on which troops have taken to hunting deer, quail, and turkey this past year with Big Rack Trophy Club.
“This past Saturday, I had the privilege of sharing a great hunt with great people,” Jason said of the event, which is the second duck hunt he’s organized with Freedom Alliance. He and buddy Scott McCallister went out to the field to show their appreciation for our troops.
Lance is a Marine who was wounded by IED blasts, and Matt is a medically retired Airman. Lance was able to bring along his 15-year-old son, Skyler, who was heartily welcomed into the hunting party.
Starting at 5:30 in the morning, the hunters set out decoys and set up their blind. While waiting for the birds to show, the men shared hunting stories and laughter. Jason’s black Labrador euphorically retrieved the felled fowl once the ducks decided to present.
To end the event, Jason handed out the donated hardware from Rig ’em Right, and Greg Quiel, of Quack and Quail, donated two duck calls from Death by Design.
Once home again, Lance wrote, “Thank you so much again for making this happen. We had loads of fun and I think I gave my son duck fever, which I’m excited about.”
“Even though the ducks were few and far between,” said Jason, “the laughs were frequent, and the time we shared together made for a great hunt with great people.”