Disabled veterans have good hunt at Chester Woods
A mid-November deer hunt for disabled veterans and their dependents at Chester Woods Park was a booming success. Hunting Nov. 12-15, the 29 participating veterans and 10 dependents harvested 22 deer.
This was the fifth year of the hunt, a collaborative effort led by Mayo Southeast DAV, the Olmsted County veterans service officer team (CVSOs) and Olmsted County Parks.
Among the hunters was Jim Sursely, a Rochester native who is a triple amputee who served in Vietnam. He traveled to the hunt from from his current home in Florida.
Tom Eckdahl, park supervisor at Chester Woods, said, "This hunt not only provides a very unique hunting opportunity for the disabled veterans and their dependents, but it brings together a very generous team of sponsors, coordinators, and volunteers to make it happen."