Vicksburg, Miss…..The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District will host their second Wounded Warriors’ Deer Hunt on Saturday, 7 December, at the Louisiana Field Office (LFO) recreational area near Columbia. Participants include Purple Heart recipients and disabled soldiers.
The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) works to help Soldiers coming home after being wounded in action get back into the great outdoors. To be eligible to participate, hunters must be registered as WWP alumni and selected by the WWP committee to participate.
Hunters selected by the WWP will hunt using primitive type firearms. On Friday before the hunt, the hunters will have access to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff Department’s gun range. Saturday evening, a tailgate party in Monroe will be given by local sponsors.
The Corps’ first hunt with the WWP was held at Columbia Lock and Dam in 2012 with eight hunters participating and harvesting eight deer. This inaugural hunt was such a success that other hunts in surrounding areas are being planned this year to allow for a total of 25 hunters to participate.
Corps park rangers have worked with John Nolan, Jr. of the WWP and other generous sponsors to provide lodging, meals and hunting equipment to those warriors in need. Corps park rangers are providing wheel-chair accessible box stands and transportation on all-terrain vehicles.
The Vicksburg District’s LFO encompasses over 200 miles along the Ouachita River from Camden, Arkansas, to Jonesville, Louisiana, and provides 24 parks and boat ramps. These parks host over 700,000 visitors annually and bring approximately $13 million and over 200 jobs to the local economy.
To learn more about the many recreational opportunities offered by the Vicksburg District, please go to our website, http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation.aspx
Release no. 13-120