Date: November 30th - December 3rd 2022
Location: Holidaysburg, PA
Heroes Served: 1
Details: This was our 11th year at the T.B. Wilderness Lodge with the Belinda Family and friends. We had two Heroes selected for this event but do to a last-minute family emergency only one Hero arrived in camp this year. Hero Jon Babauta was greeted with open arms and immediately felt the support he would experience during his next three days in camp. Wounded Hero Jon Babauta harvested his very first Whitetail Deer during this trip and left T.B. Wilderness Lodge with memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime. As always, we truly appreciate the hospitality shown to us and the Heroes we serve by the Belinda family.
Date: November 25-December 2, 2022
Heroes Served: 1
Location: Mayport, Pennsylvania
Details: The Kelley Farm hosted Wounded Hero Tim Young who is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Tim arrived around lunchtime on the November 25th, the day prior to the open day of gun season. Jack, Big Ed and Micah Kelley were all in camp to support Tim during his hunt with WHHC. Tim fit in like one of the guys. One of Tim’s comments at dinner on opening day was " I thought I was back in Vietnam. I never heard so many gunshots on opening day of deer season. " Tim had multiple opportunities to take a Doe during his week of hunting at the farm. He saw 1 legal buck but elected not to take the shot. Tim went home with a cooler of venison shared by the guys at The Kelley Farm.
Date: November 20-23, 2022
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Heroes served: 2
Details: WHHC had our first deer hunt in South Carolina at the Phillips Plantation. We were fortunate enough to partner up with Unit To Back Outdoors for the first time to bring 2 of our Veterans together with 2 Law Enforcement officers for a 3 day deer hunt. Our 4 hunters were BJ Taylor, Jody Blackwell, Patrick Chavez, and Abram Marvin. Everybody got settled into the Pondview Lodge and were on the way to their deer stands within an hour. The first evening hunt had deer spotted but no shooting. Our Hunters returned to the lodge for a hot dinner and to enjoy some Sunday Night Football.
The next morning everybody was up at 0430 for breakfast and on the way to their deer stands by 0530. The first morning was eventful with all of our hunters getting a shot at a deer. Jody and Abram each harvested a doe. After the morning hunt everybody returned to the lodge for lunch and a little siesta before the evening hunt. Deer were spotted on the evening hunt but none were harvested. The hunters returned to the lodge for dinner and an evening of relaxation around the fire pit.
Abram decided that for the second full day of hunting he would stay out all day. As luck would have it, he harvested a beautiful wide racked 8 point at 0715 that morning. The other hunters saw deer but no shots were taken. The evening hunt concluded without any more deer being harvested and our hunters again returned to the lodge for dinner and an evening around the fire pit.
Some deer were spotted on the final morning hunt but no shots were taken. Our hunters returned to the lodge to pack up and return home to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. Our hunters had a great hunt, but more importantly they had a chance to relax and make some lasting memories and new friendships while healing on the hunt.
Our Wounded Heroes take home memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!