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More than the hunt: Paralyzed Veterans of America Pheasant Hunt brings friends together

“It’s the guys, the hunt and the food—just to hang out—be outside,” said Eric Kritizmire when asked why he kept returning year after year to the Paralyzed Veterans of America pheasant hunt held at Birds, Bucks and Berries last Thursday. “If you get a bird—that’s a bonus!”

The other vets all agreed. While they enjoy hunting, that’s really not what brings them back each year.

“It’s just too much fun,” agreed Greg Brandner of Pierre. “The camaraderie with the other hunters —it’s terrific.”

Cameron Hoverson, a veteran returning for his second year, admitted his dog got more birds than he did last year, but getting to see the guys again made the decision to return an easy one.

This is the ninth year that Birds, Bucks & Berries Lodge (BBB) has hosted the Paralyzed Veterans of America Pheasant Hunt.

Owners JoAnn and Bruce Weller said it is one of their favorite days of the year. The BBB Lodge is located near Parker. The Wellers purchased the land 12 years ago and built a premier hunting lodge. The facility is not only very popular for its guided hunts, lodging and food, but with its beautiful grounds and facilities, it’s become a popular wedding venue. The PVA hunt helps kick off the hunting season and is one of their favorite events. Veterans from all branches of service who served in various conflicts take part in the event.

JoAnn said as much as they love it, they could not do the PVA Pheasant Hunt without all of the volunteers and sponsors.

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