The second installment of the Veteran Hunters television series premiered last night on the Canada Sportsman Channel and will continue to run in different times slots over the next few weeks.
Entitled "Pheasants a Plenty," it captures a two-day Pheasant Festival for veterans and first responders hosted by the nonprofit Veterans Hunter at Wessex Game Birds in Carstairs, AB.
It follows episode one, entitled "Anxious for Antelope" which began airing on Dec. 27.
Veteran Hunters founder Todd Hisey says the show's sponsors have been receiving a positive response to the first episode. That includes Jeff McClounie, operations manager for Steelhead Ventures, whose among the show's sponsors.
Hisey says there is the opportunity for further sponsorships for both its show and programming. Their fundraising runs from January to Match before the spring hunts begin.
"Any Cochrane or Calgary and area businesses or organizations that want to partner with us to provide donations for the organization or look at an opportunity to sponsor the TV show would be much appreciated," says Hisey.
The Veterans Hunters are also participating in the annual fundraising dinner of the Grand Valley Safari Club on Jan. 29.
The dinner started nearly 20 years as a chance for a few hunters to gather to swap tales and has evolved into an evening that attracts upwards of 300 people. Safari Club chair Kevin Firkus says they've raised about $250,000 over the years for many worthy causes.
Hisey says Veterans Hunters appreciated the opportunity to be among the evening's partners.
"It's a great opportunity for the community to get together, ranchers and hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, for an evening and raise some money for some worthy causes," says Hisey.
Veteran Hunters will have some items up for grabs in the silent auction. At their booth, you'll be able to learn more about the organization, its show, and meet some of their host hunters.
There are a few tickets available and can be purchased by contacting Veteran Hunters through its website here or by emailing Firkus at email@example.com.
Hisey had a 22-year career as an officer in the Canadian Army with deployments in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Russia. In 2018, and after nearly six years of PTSD treatment, it was determined he could no longer work in a traditional role. In January 2019, he launched The Veteran Hunters with a website, podcast, and social media presence to continue to give back to the community and help his fellow soldiers.
Veteran Hunters was created to support veterans and first responders with PTSD by providing peer support through outdoor adventures. Since its inception, it has facilitated activities for over 200 people.