Gregory, South Dakota - Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) hosted a mix of active-duty and Marine Corps veterans for a pheasant hunt for the 10th year at the Buffalo Butte Ranch in Gregory, South Dakota.
Nine Marines and one Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman, who served extensively, experienced a pheasant shoot for two days at the world class Buffalo Butte Ranch. The Marines spanned a wide range of the rank structure from Lance Corporal to Colonel, but camaraderie in the pheasant field knows no rank and bragging rights go to those who bag the birds! The group shot very well and brought down many birds over the two days of hunting.
Heath Gunns, HAVA’s event coordinator, a former Marine himself, was again impressed by the tight-knit Marine community. “One of these Marines recently retired and invited the Marine who recruited him into the service so many years ago. I just don’t see that type of life-long connection in other career fields.”
HAVA is a 501(c)3 organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry with the purpose of raising awareness and further assisting disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events and other outdoor sports activities. The sustaining sponsor companies are Smith & Wesson, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), SIG SAUER, Academi, Arnold Defense, Crimson Trace, E3 Training, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Hornady, Leapers/UTG, Leupold & Stevens, Mossberg, National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), Operation Hat Trick, RSR Group, Ruger, Savage, Surefire, Taurus, Vista Outdoor/Federal, XS Sights, and Yamaha Outdoors among numerous contributing companies. To learn more about HAVA, go to: www.honoredveterans.org
Buffalo Butte Ranch
Buffalo Butte Ranch is a 6,000 acre privately owned and operated pheasant farm which has been a family-owned ranch for five generations. Buffalo Butte Ranch pheasant hunts, are in a variety of cover including milo, corn, sudan grass, cattails, tree belts and winding natural waterways and draws. Much of the land west of the Missouri River is marginal farmland and I not planted fence line to fence line. Because of the natural terrain and conservation practices such as CRP and shelter belts, the native pheasants flourish. With over 6,000 acres to hunt, your corporate trip have many lasting memories. To learn more about Buffalo Butte Ranch, go to: https://www.buffalobutte.com/contact/