Thanks in part to a new program that allows Montana hunters to donate their hunting licenses back to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, seven war veterans were provided 13 free hunting licenses this fall.
Just outside of Absarokee, Operation Second Chance in Montana organized a hunt for four of those veterans to hunt elk and deer. The soldiers were provided an all-expense paid trip from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to hunt. All four men filled their deer tags and one, Adam Devine from Dixon, Ill., filled his elk tag with a 5×5 bull. Devine is a Marine who is an above-the-knee double amputee, but that didn’t stop him from climbing a hill to get a good shot at the bull.
FWP makes the licenses available to nonprofit groups like Operation Second Chance and the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program run by the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. This year, 110 licenses were donated by hunters before the start of the season. The agency hopes to see more licenses issued now that the word is out about the availability of the free tags.
(Written by Brett French-Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette; Photo: Brett French)
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