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THE VETERAN HUNTERS

Hunting for Heroes

The Veteran Hunters Canada Ltd is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers who are retired Canadian Forces Veterans.   Our goal is to help Veterans & 1st Responders with PTSD, by providing peer support through outdoor adventures. All participants in the program have deployed on operations and suffer from PTSD, and other physical injuries. As part of our healing we find being in the outdoors extremely therapeutic. Being in nature requires you to be in the moment and mindful of your surroundings. Our peer support program gives participants the opportunity for self discovery and a reaffirmation and validation of their skills as soldiers.  These heroes leave our program with a sense of purpose, grounding and self worth.  - Founder D. Todd Hisey

 
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Our mission is to help Veterans & 1st Responders with PTSD by providing them with an opportunity for a hunt.

                   

                        We have facilitated activities for 145 Veterans & 1st Responders.

 

ACTIVITIES

Making A Difference

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JOIN US

If you are a Veteran or 1st Responder, whether experienced or are new to hunting, we can help you get trained and onto a hunt either using a rifle or bow.  We organize group hunts as well as facilitate individual hunts.

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NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

We have access to both Public and Private land hunts in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  Through our Volunteers we can offer: Black Bear, Elk, Moose, Deer and Sheep hunts.

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WING SHOOTING

If waterfowl or upland birds is your preference we can accommodate you.

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AFRICA HUNTS

If you have ever dreamed of hunting the dark continent we can help.  We work with a group in the Republic of South Africa that is Veteran owned and operated and specializes in the Eastern Cape Plains Game.

 

Upcoming Events

  • 3D ARCHERY COMPETITION
    Sat., Jul. 24
    Cremona
    Jul. 24, 10:00 a.m. MDT – Jul. 25, 12:00 p.m. MDT
    Cremona, Range Rd 55, Cremona, AB T0M 0R0, Canada
    This will be our 2nd Annual 3D Competition for Veterans and 1st Responders (Fundraiser for Wayfinders Wellness Retreat ) Min 20 Participants 3 Rounds of 3D/Points (Rain or Shine) 1st Round Starts at 10am on the Saturday. Prizes BBQ Lunch Compound/Recurve/Crossbow
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2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Updated 24 June 2021

Deadline to Book a Fall Hunt is 1 August 2021. 

All activities are led by Veteran Hunter Hosts or licensed Outfitters.

All Alberta activities are AB Mental Health Grant eligible. 

This year we were successful in receiving a Mental Health Grant from the Alberta Government.

The Grant will support the costs for 50 Veterans and/or 1st Responders to participate in Veteran Hunter Activities in Alberta between the period March 5, 2021 to March 4, 2022 (Licenses/Food/Accomodations/Ammo etc).

Please apply at the links below.  Once your activity is confirmed a non-refundable e-transfer of $100 will be required.

NEWFOUNDLAND ACTIVITIES


Maritime Residents ONLY

Hosted by Ryan.


1.  Coyote / Wolf: Jun-Jul 2021

2.  NL has opened the Spring Black and licenses are available.  Hunt is on the Burin Peninsula.

3. Trout Fishing

NOVA SCOTIA ACTIVITIES

Dates Upon Request

Hosted by Ron

1.  Bass & Trout Fishing

ALBERTA ACTIVITIES

Archery & Rifle Hunts (Waterfowl Hunt Dates to Follow)

1.FULLTwo Day Elk Archery (Antlerless or 3pt or Larger) - 28 Aug - Sep 2021  Hinton AB

Hosted by Matt

Hunt Includes:

2 Nights Field Accommodations at Ritchie's Ridge

Meals

Licenses

Chaplain Time (1hr via phone or zoom)

1:1 Hosting

You have the option of adding Black Bear or Whitetail Deer.

2.  Two Day Rocky Mountain Big Horn

Sheep – Rifle Hunt - Dates Upon Request

Hosted by Keenan

Hunt Includes:

2 Nights Field Accommodations

Meals

Return transfers from Calgary

International Airport (if required)

Licenses

Chaplain Time (1hr via phone or zoom)

Professional Photo

1:1 Hosting

3.FULL - 2 Day Elk Archery (Antlerless or 3pt or Larger) - 1 Sep - 24 Oct 2021 Cochrane AB

Hosted by Todd & Keenan

Hunt Includes:

2 Nights Accommodations at Spring Haven Lodge

Meals

Return transfers from Calgary International Airport (if required)

Licenses

Chaplain Time (1hr via phone or zoom)

Professional Photo (during activity of your choice)

1:1 Hosting

And add one of the following morning activities:

Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises:

  1. Type 81 Assault Rife or similar;

  2. Shotgun; and

  3. Handgun.

Pheasant Hunt at Wessex Gamebirds; or

Whitetail Hunt

4.  Pheasant Festival - 18-19 September Wessex Gamebirds Carstairs AB

Hosted by Andrew

Hunt 1 or 2 days

Includes:

Guides, Bird-dogs & BBQ

Shotguns can be provided upon request.

5.  WMU 312/314 Cow Elk Special License

If you are drawn for a Cow Elk Special License in 312/314 contact us and we can arrange a hunt for you.

ALBERTA FIREARMS TRAINING

Dates Upon Request

Hosted by Brad  

New to guns, or a seasoned shooter. Everyone needs the basics. From stance, to movement, to reloads and cleaning, this course will walk you through the methodology of growing your investment. Firearms are tools, but expensive tools. Invest in the time, energy, and training so you get the most out of your firearms.

ALBERTA 3D ARCHERY COMPETITION

24-25  July
Range Rd 55, Cremona, AB

This will be our 2nd Annual 3D Competition for Veterans and 1st Responders (Fundraiser for Wayfinders Wellness Retreat )
Min 20 Participants
3 Rounds of 3D (Rain or Shine)

1st Round Starts at 10am on the Saturday.
Prizes 
BBQ Lunch 
Compound/Recurve/Crossbow
Cost $100 for both days without camping/$125 for overnight camping (trailers being provided)

25 June Last Day to Enter.


https://www.dragonflightarchery.com/

BRITISH COLUMBIA ACTIVITIES

Archery & Rifle Hunts (Waterfowl Hunt Dates to Follow)

Hosted by Rich & Aaron


1.  Archery Blacktail Deer, Day Hunts or Tenting 28-29 Aug


2.  Rifle/Bow Blacktail Deer and Island Black Bear, Day hunts or Tenting 11-12 Sep


3.  Rifle/Bow Blacktail Deer and Island Black Bear, Day Hunts or Tenting

23-24 Oct

4.  Comox Lake Cabin Remembrance Day Hunt Rifle/ Bow Blacktail Deer and Island Black Bear

10-14 Nov Cabin Accommodations

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Above and Beyond

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RITCHIE RIDGE

Hinton, AB

COMOX LAKE LODGE

Vancouver Island, BC

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SPRING HAVEN LODGE

Rockyview County, AB

 

KEY PEOPLE

Veteran Hosts & Advisors

 
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TODD HISEY

Owner

Served in the Canadian Army from 2001-2013.  Graduate of the Royal Military College. Posted to 1 PPCLI, CFINTCOM, 3 Can Div HQ and 41 CBG.  Deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo and Russia.


“During my 22 years with the Canadian Army as an Officer, the phrase Know your Men and Promote their Welfare stuck with me. In 2018, and after nearly six years of PTSD treatment, it was determined that I could no longer work in a traditional role; but I still felt compelled to give back to the community and help my fellow soldiers.  In January 2019, The Veteran Hunters launched with a website, podcast, and social media presence and immediately connected with
Veterans.”

2021 GALLERY

Our Heroes in Action

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Range Practice
Range Practice
Range Practice
Range Practice
AB Mental Health Grant
AB Mental Health Grant

MLA Peter Guthrie and Todd

Range Time
Range Time
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises
Young Vancouver Island Black Bear
Young Vancouver Island Black Bear
BC VH Team
BC VH Team

L-R: Larry, Rich; and Aaron

BC Spring Bear
BC Spring Bear

1st Bear for Kevin, Rich's son.

1st BC Bear
1st BC Bear

Larry and his 5'9" Warrior Bear.

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A proud Father and Dughter.

BC Black Bear
BC Black Bear
Our 1st Spot n Stalk Cougar
Our 1st Spot n Stalk Cougar
AB Horseback Hunt for Spring Bear
AB Horseback Hunt for Spring Bear
AB Spring Black Bear Hunt on Horseback
AB Spring Black Bear Hunt on Horseback
Hunter Host Paul
Hunter Host Paul
AB Spring Bear Hunt on Horseback
AB Spring Bear Hunt on Horseback
AB Spring Bear Hunt on Horseback
AB Spring Bear Hunt on Horseback
 

2020 GALLERY

Our Heroes in Action

Rich scouting for Black Tail Deer
Rich scouting for Black Tail Deer
Prized Upland Bird
Prized Upland Bird
Upland Birds BC
Upland Birds BC
Black Tail Deer Buck
Black Tail Deer Buck
Veteran Hunters
Veteran Hunters
Veteran Hunters in BC
Veteran Hunters in BC
Cabin hunting
Cabin hunting
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Scouting
Scouting
Rich P
Rich P
Hunting Black Tail Deer
Hunting Black Tail Deer
BC Waterfowl Hunt
BC Waterfowl Hunt
Hunting with Son
Hunting with Son
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Todd H with AB Mule Deer Buck
Todd H with AB Mule Deer Buck
Matt & Kevin hunting for Elk
Matt & Kevin hunting for Elk
Keenan F with Colour Phase Black Bear
Keenan F with Colour Phase Black Bear
Elk Herd
Elk Herd
Glassing for Elk
Glassing for Elk
Glassing for Elk
Glassing for Elk
Chris R with Archery Cow Elk
Chris R with Archery Cow Elk
Veteran Hunters 2020 Pheasant Hunt
Veteran Hunters 2020 Pheasant Hunt
Todd H at 2020 Pheasant Hunt
Todd H at 2020 Pheasant Hunt
2020 Pheasant Hunt
2020 Pheasant Hunt
Birddog 2020 Pheasant Hunt
Birddog 2020 Pheasant Hunt
Hunter Advisor Jordan W with his 2020 Elk.
Hunter Advisor Jordan W with his 2020 Elk.
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Keenan F with 5pt AB Elk taken with bow.

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Matt R with 5pt AB Elk taken with rifle.

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Chris R & Todd H - Archery Hunt for Elk

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Keenan F - Veteran Host

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Todd H & Cody K - Archery Elk Hunt

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Cody K & Jesse V - Archery Elk Hunt

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Spike Bull Elk

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3 Pt Bull Elk

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Mature Cow Elk with Calf

3D Archery Competition
3D Archery Competition

Our Hosts & Competitors

3D Archery Competition
3D Archery Competition

2nd & 1st Place Winners

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Chance B - Spring Black Bear Hunt
Chance B - Spring Black Bear Hunt
Black Bear Tracks
Black Bear Tracks
Chris M, Mark D & their Merriam Turkeys
Chris M, Mark D & their Merriam Turkeys
Chris M and his Merriam Turkey
Chris M and his Merriam Turkey
Merriam Turkey Toms
Merriam Turkey Toms
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Todd & Alexander Merriam Turkey #3.jpg
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Hunt courtesy of Freedom Hunters

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Hunt courtesy of Freedom Hunters

Richard C. Spring Bear #2
Richard C. Spring Bear #2
Richard C. Spring Bear
Richard C. Spring Bear
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
2020 Spring Snow Goose Hunt
 

At The Veteran Hunters we’re removing nightmares and making memories.

Cody K - Thunder Bay, ON

 
 

OUR SPONSORS

Committed for 2021

 
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VORTEX CANADA

Vortex Canada is the official Canadian distributor of Vortex Optics and is owned and operated by Paul Grant and Val Wyatt.  Vortex provides world renowned optical instruments to birding and observation enthusiasts as well as meeting the exacting demands of tactical professionals and hunters.

VETERAN COMPANIES

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CANHUNT

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PEAKEATS

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SHROUD CAMO

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