This last wed we had a vet hunt that came about from this forum with a member stepping up big time, (Lngbrdr) Derek thank you so much for getting the ball rolling on this. here is a quick story about the hunt.
I had the pleasure to join the Fregoso Foundation on a wounded veteran hunt outside of Marysville on a bluebird day in mid-January. To say that this hunt was a success would be a huge understatement as all I ever saw on this trip were big smiles and high fives.
The vets included Brett Miller from Oregon, Katrina Self from Redding, and Howard Garlinger from West Sacramento. These three gave their most honorable service for the USA in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Viet Nam.
At the invitation of the Fregoso Foundation, and the generous hosting of Robert Mathews of Mathews Farms, this trip was a time for healing, a time for companionship, and a time for blasting some ducks.
After a huge dinner spread at the Matthews home, the plan was to meet at the Flamingo Duck Club at 0 dark thirty, a hot and hearty breakfast was served and the Vets were off for blinds unknown.
The group was split up, one group headed off to a blind on the Flamingo property while the other went to the close by Family Club.
Both groups enjoyed excellent conditions with Sprig being the game of the day. The Sprig two bird limits were filled along with some green winged teal, and a few spoonies.
Even with such clear skies and dry ground there was plenty of shooting to be had, there were thousands of sprig willing to work, grinds of ducks and geese filled the horizon. We were treated to a bald eagle soaring 10 yards off the water looking for an easy meal; the rice fields were indeed very good to us.
Like every trip there were some great shots that hit the mark and some easy shots missed, but new friendships were made and many memories were etched in the minds and hearts of all that were there.
These trips are so important for the healing process of these heroes who have served our country with so much sacrifice. To listen to the many conversations between the Vets that take place on these hunts is priceless. There is no such thing as age barriers or cultural differences. They are brothers and sisters in service.
The Fregoso Foundation was established for the sole purpose of making these types of trips a reality. The foundation also works with the Wounded Warrior Project and other Vet organization’s to make these trips happen.
Max Fregoso, the founder of this nonprofit foundation, is a man with a huge heart and the drive to provide this so very important service to those that have given so much. More information can be found at www.fregosofoundation.org
. Please check them out and feel free to give Max a call.
There were several others that that helped in a huge way to make this hunt happen including Derek Gregory, Jeremiah Morrell, and the ladies in the kitchen at the Flamingo Club.
When the hunt was over and we were all back at the flamingo clubhouse for another fantastic meal, Max and Robert were already making plans for another hunt in the near future. I would have to say that everyone was blessed by this hunt.
I am not a Vet but I am a father of one and I was so touched to be there, to see the generosity and dedication on so many levels. Thank you Vets for your sacrifice and service to this country and thank you Max Fregoso for your vision and your heart, and thank you Robert Matthews for you generosity and hospitality.