December 3, 2020

Annual “Hunting with Heroes” brings 400+ to banquet: Part II

Part II

Hunting with Heroes, Lakota IA

Lance Corporal Carl Pope Jr. during the hunt on Saturday Nov. 10

The hunt

At 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning November, 10), Pope, Keiser, Barber and Brodt were escorted to the Lakota Community Center, where a homemade breakfast – and all of their donated gear – was ready for them. The next stop was the new trap shooting range at the Florence Recreation area near Thompson, where the men – all experienced shooters – discovered how different an over-under shotgun was from their military rifle.

It was then a road trip to areas that had been protected from hunting during the pheasant opener for just this occasion.

The banquet

Following a second, much colder day of hunting, the Marines, sponsors and area veterans were honored with a banquet at the Lakota Eagle Center on Sunday, Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day.

Mick Zimmerman with the Whittemore Legion Riders brought nearly 20 Legion Riders to hold a flag line for the Marines.

Hunting with Heroes, Lakota IA

Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Brodt addresses the banquet attendees November 11th. Sgt. Joshua Barber looks on.

“They are what America is,” said Zimmerman. “Its old cliché, but only two people will ever lay down their life for you. These guys were willing to sign a blank check to serve their country. Fortunately not a lot of those checks are cashed.”

Nearly 400 people attended the event.

“It is hard to believe it has been a year. This started as a small idea of what rural Iowa could offer and it has turned into much more than that,” said Jason Becker, one of the event organizers. “There has been so much support.”

Hunting with Heroes is a non-profit organization. For more information on how to get involved in next year’s hunt, contact Jason Becker at 860-882-4704 or email


MaxYield Cooperative is a proud supporter of this event. In 2012 we provided alfalfa and crop protection products for the hunting grounds plus financial support.

Photos and story courtesy of Mindy Baker, Algona Upper Des Moines





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