Pennsylvania Game News - February 2012 - 34
A Well Deserved Thank You
PGC Wildlife Education Specialist
N SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, two Vietnam veterans from the VFW Post 845 in Downingtown were given the opportunity to hunt whitetails at a beautiful property in Perry County known as Mountain Run Ranch. This hunting opportunity was collaboration between the owners of Mountain Run Ranch, the Eastern Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The Eastern Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation has long been on the front lines of providing funding for Game Commission projects. Throughout the past 15 years, the chapter has donated thousands of dollars for
By Dan Lynch
educational materials and equipment to educate students in Pennsylvania about wildlife and hunting. Eastern Chapter President Rick Booth met with me last February at the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg and the idea of sponsoring some veterans of our armed forces on a hunt was conceived. Rick quickly recruited Joe Peachey and Harry Strawser, co-owners of Mountain Run Ranch and members of the Eastern Chapter of WSF, and the hunt idea started taking shape. I then made contact with the VFW Post in Downingtown and was put in contact with two Vietnam veterans who were very excited about the possibility of participating in a whitetail hunt at the ranch. After many emails and phone calls the details were taken care of and the dates for the hunt were set. The two veterans, Ralph Bassetti and Jerry Banks, both of Downingtown, arrived at the ranch the evening of September 21 and planned to hunt the next day. Their first evening at the ranch, Joe Peachey took them for a drive around the property and showed them some of the bucks that called the ranch home. Rick Booth and his wife, Sandy, took care of the evening meals and left plenty of food for
Veteran JERRY BANKS managed to shoot a beautiful buck with thick mass and long tines.