Heath and Long, both from Fort Wayne, spent the weekend hunting with local guides and were given free lodging.
“These guys accommodated what we needed,” Heath said. “Support from local people, who don’t even know us, is the most humbling.”
Heath shot a deer, the biggest he has ever shot with a bow, he said.
Guide P.J. Applegate said that the experience was great because they know they can host Wounded Warriors now.
“These guys were awesome,” Applegate said. “They spent many hours in the woods and they’ve done what they needed to do- hunt.”
Applegate and Braden Cottrell are guides for Camp Kay in Cass County.
Camp Kay Outfitters, which has been open in Monticello for five years, has Midwest hunting areas that are known for huge whitetails, according to its website. The camp has a variety of hunts in Indiana, Kansas, Ohio and Maine.
Camp Kay has private acres of hunting land in Cass, Carroll, Franklin, Pike and White Counties in Indiana.
Liebner said another reason he donated the hunt was to ease the pain and help put the guys in a different state of mind.
Heath said Long is the only friend he keeps in touch with at home and it helps because he understands what he went through.
Liebner said he would be able to host more Wounded Warrior events if local landowners let them hunt on their land. Those interested in allowing operations like Wounded Warriors to hunt on their land should contact Liebner at 765-427-3228.
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.