LadyHunter wrote:Glenn I am not much on Squirrel Hunting, but I sure make a good volunteer if there is anything I can do to help such a good cause!! Just let me know!
Anyone willing to help out is always appreciated. There is so much that goes on it is unreal. I never dreamed there was so much work involved before I started helping out. There's usually a hand full of people that work themselves to death and no one really knows about it.
I'll try to briefly (you know like FireCloud would
) give everyone an idea of what all goes on. We start off on Thursday afternoon at an RV park in Vidalia, La., just across the river to start getting everyone signed in. That night we will meet briefly to pair up the hunters, dogs, volunteers and locations for Friday morning. Anyone that can't be there then but will be there for the hunt will also be figured in if we know for sure ahead of time. We try to properly match up the handicapped hunters abilities and mobilities to the best location suited for them. Things like matching short ranging dogs to the wheelchair bound hunters and longer ranging ones to the hunters that get around good. We then set a meeting time and place for each group for the next morning.
Getting things kicked off in the mornings had always been a problem until last year. What we did to change it was setting all of the meeting places where there were no restrooms, gas, or food. Everyone knew to take care of that before they showed up and if they didn't show up on time they would be left. It was amazing how much better that worked.
We then hunt as long as the hunters want to, usually late morning. For anyone that wants to hunt during the afternoon we will have places available, but it's more a case of dog men and hunters getting together and doing it on their own, the way they want to. This gives the dog guys a chance to get in a good hunt of their own.
Friday night we will meet back at the RV park. They have a big building to accomodate everyone where we will sign in everyone for Saturday morning's hunt. We always have a big meal for everyone to enjoy. Then we have an auction with hunts, fishing trips, art and all sorts of things. The funds are used to pay for the expenses of this hunt and for other hunts they take handicapped hunters on throughout the year. We try to have everyone lined out on the details for the Saturday morning competition (just for bragging rights) hunt by 8:30 to 9:00.
Saturday morning works just like Friday morning except there will be lots more hunters and groups. We will have groups setup for the handicapped hunters as needed, but most of them will just be hunters having fun squirrel hunting. We may have people going to more than a dozen locations scattered around Adams, Jefferson, Wilkinson and Franklin counties along with Concordia parish, La. We try to accomodate people coming in on Saturday morning to meet up closer to where they are coming from istead of coming all the way to town and then turning around to go hunt. We then meet back at the RV park about 2:00 Saturday afternoon to officially close things out. Again there will be places available if anyone wants to hunt that afternoon. Saturday night there is usually a band and a get together, but it is more of an adult night.
I hope this gives you an idea, though all of the details are not included of what we will be doing. As you can see there is plenty that needs to be done and all the help we can get for any part of it is always appreciated.