Sixth annual Redneck Adventures squirrel hunt fun for all agesPublished 10:09am Sunday, February 18, 2007
The Redneck Adventures sixth annual squirrel hunt took place this weekend, and was a complete success by all accounts.
Approximately 60 hunters from eight different states participated in the hunt that took place on over 40,000 acres of land throughout the Miss-Lou. Keith “Stork” Rayborn, cofounder of Redneck Adventures, said approximately 45 squirrels were killed during the hunt. Rayborn said the squirrels that were not kept by hunters will be donated to food pantries and wild game banquets.
“That was really good with the weather being as cold as it has been. The squirrels really did not come down from the trees much,” he said.
The hunt kicked off Friday night with a gathering that included bar-b-que by Natchez Best BBQ and live music by Kevin Blake Weldon at the Riverfront RV Park in Vidalia.
After Saturday’s hunt, many participants gathered back at the Riverfront RV Park for more live music by In Red Letters, more redneck games, and crawfish provided by Lakeside Ford and prepared by Babyducks Crawfish Catering.
Natchez Coca-Cola Bottling Company provided beverages for the entire weekend, while Marsh Masters guide service provided king cakes for the event.
Jimmy “Jim Bob” Allgood said Redneck Adventures was pleased to host members of the Wounded Warrior Project on this year’s hunt. The Wounded Warrior Project helps soldiers wounded in combat try to get back the life they had prior to being wounded in combat.
“It was an honor, a pleasure and a privilege to have such a fine, outstanding organization take part in this year’s Redneck Adventures squirrel hunt,” Rayborn said.
Albert Flores, 28, of San Antonio, Texas was with the Wounded Warriors Project and said this was his first time hunting. He said hunting was a challenge, but it was definitely a good time.
“That was the most walking I have done since becoming an amputee,” Flores said.
Brian Neuman, who is a benefits liaison with the Wounded Warriors Project and also an amputee, describe the squirrel hunt as absolutely awesome.
“In a day and a half, these guys were able to do for me the same thing it takes me a long time to do the Wounded Warrior Project,” Neuman said. “Being able to do something challenging like hunting gives us a strong sense of pride.”
He said many people might not think squirrel hunting would do that, but Neuman insists it does.
Jeremy Feldbusch lost his sight as a result of the Arab conflict, but he too took part in the hunt with the Wounded Warrior Project. Felbush used a 12 gauge with a laser sight attached to the gun. His father, Brace Feldbusch, whom he calls Hawkeye, assisted him in sighting in on the animals. Once the sight is on the target, Brace gives Jeremy the OK to pull the trigger.
“I had a great time. I met a lot of new people and built some strong bonds with some new friends,” Jeremy said. “I can’t wait to do it again.”
Several people were moved by the Wounded Warrior Project’s participation in this year’s hunt.
“It was a special, down-to-earth experience,” Wade “Humpy” McCants said after guiding the Wounded Warrior Project members on the hunt with friend Gary “Stumpy” Johnson.
“It gave me a new outlook on determination,” Johnson said.
“If more peple in America had the same outlook that Jeremy has without his vision, the world would be a better place,” Allgood said.
Both Allgood and Rayborn said they also would like to thank everyone that donated land for this year’s hunt, along with anyone else that donated items, time and services to make this year’s hunt a success. Both also wanted to thank Ruff ’n Tuff , Cooks Lawn and Garden and all other sponsors of the event.
Rayborn and Allgood also said they appreciate their wives’ patience during all of their Redneck adventures.