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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 130 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, Ontario, 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.

 

2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Updated 10 May 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.

NL COYOTE/WOLF HUNTS

Maritime Residents ONLY

Coyote / Wolf

Mar-Jul 2021

AB COYOTE HUNTS

Mar-Apr

Cochrane 
Private land hunts - upon request.

AB SPRING SNOW GOOSE

May: 5, 6, 14, 15

Hosted by Darryl.
Dates are dependent on Snow Goose arrival and flight path.
https://www.ab-conservation.com/wildlife-cameras/goose-gps/

NL SPRING BLACK BEAR

NL Residents ONLY.  May 1st - July 15th.

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

BC SPRING BLACK BEAR (2 SPOTS) - FILLED

May 21-24

Hosted by Rich.

Comox Lake

Cabin Accommodation

AB SPRING BLACK BEAR

Hinton: May (1-2); (8-9); (15-16); (22-23); or (29-30).

Hosted by Matt.

CANCELLED - ON SPRING BLACK BEAR (2 SPOTS)

14-16 May

2 x Hunters plus Host; 2 day 1 night at Frederick House Lake near Timmins.  Further details available upon booking.

NL TROUT FISHING

May 15 Season Opens

Hosted by Ryan.

2 DAY MERRIAM TURKEY & RUSSIAN BOAR HUNT

Whitecourt Alberta: June-August

Private Land Merriam Turkey hunts with JP Hunting Adventures.  https://j-poutdoorhuntingadventures.site123.me/

and a Russian Boar Hunt with Hog Wild https://www.hogwild.ab.ca/hunting.html.

Hunt includes:

Accommodations

Meals

Guides

AB 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.

3D ARCHERY SHOOT

24-25  July
Range Rd 55, Cremona, AB

This will be our 2nd Annual 3D Shoot 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/

2 DAY ELK ARCHERY (ANTLERLESS OR 3PT OR LARGER)

28 Aug - Sep 2021 – Hinton, AB

Hunt Includes:

2 Nights Field Accommodations

Meals

Licenses

Chaplain Time (1hr via phone or zoom)

1:1 Hosting

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

2 DAY ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIG HORN SHEEP – RIFLE HUNT

25 Aug – 31 Oct – Cochrane, AB

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

2 DAY ELK ARCHERY (ANTLERLESS OR 3PT OR LARGER)

1 Sep -24 Oct 2021 – Cochrane, AB

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:

  1.  Firearms Training with Sheepdog Enterprises

    1. Type 81 Assault Rife or similar;

    2. Shotgun; and

    3. Handgun.

  2. Pheasant Hunt at Wessex Gamebirds

  3. Whitetail Hunt

PHEASANT FESTIVAL

18-19 September Wessex Gamebirds Carstairs, AB

Hunt 1 or 2 days
Includes:
Guides, Bird-dogs & BBQ
Shotguns can be provided upon request

 

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.

 

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
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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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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.

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BASS PRO SHOPS
CABELA'S
OUTDOOR FUND

The Outdoor Fund provides financial support to Canadian non-profit charities that support our 3 conservation pillars:

  • Advocacy: protecting the outdoor lifestyle and the right to hunt, fish, camp and trap

  • Education:teaching the next generation of hunters, anglers, campers, and recreational sport shooters

  • Conservation: improving the habitat with sound conservation methods to ensure future generations will enjoy hunting and fishing

The Outdoor Fund accomplishes this through generous support of Cabela’s Canada customers who round up to the nearest dollar at checkout in our retail stores, through the call centre and online at cabelas.ca.

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STEELHEAD VENTURES LTD

Steelhead Ventures Ltd. provides water hauling services in and around Cochrane, Alberta. From potable and non-potable water hauling and water treatment services to well drilling and repair and maintenance services, we do them all.

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TETRANEX SOLUTIONS

Tetranex Solutions Inc. is a Calgary-based company dedicated to the delivery of high quality industrial automation, electrical and instrumentation solutions and services to our clients. As a privately held company, our team understands the importance of forming and maintaining great relationships with our customers by delivering outstanding products and services but, ultimately, by providing peace of mind. With extensive experience across varying industries, our team has a successfully proven track record, showcasing our unique attribute of adaptability. We truly believe that if your company has a need, then we can provide you with the ultimate solution.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION COVID-19 COMMUNITY FUNDING GRANT

We are fortunate to be a recipient of this Grant for our 2021 season.

 

VETERAN COMPANIES

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CANHUNT

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VETERAN WELDING

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PEAKEATS

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SHROUD CAMO

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SHEEP DOG ENTERPRISES

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WAYFINDERS WELLNESS RETREAT