Thursday, February 9th, 2023
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In Michigan, 3D shoot supports Operation Injured Soldiers

Pellston, Mich. — The inaugural Brave Hearts Archery Shoot was held last month at the Brave Hearts Estate.

The event, which was open to the public, had the theme “Supporting our veterans one arrow at a time.”

“It was a chance to help support Operation Injured Soldiers and shoot on one of the nicest 3D ranges in the state,” said Paula Brown, who along with husband Mike is a caretaker of the facility.

Brave Hearts estate is a 238-acre ranch that opened in the spring of 2015. Located just west of the Pellston Regional Airport the ranch is owned by Operation Wounded Soldiers, a non-profit based out of South Lyon and used as a retreat center for veterans and their families.

They also aid in the physical and mental rehabilitation of wounded veterans. The foundation raises money to provide disabled veterans with hunting, fishing, camping trips at this estate. The goal of the foundation is to help disabled veterans get back to participating in hobbies they enjoyed before being deployed.

A stay at the estate is free to veterans and their families and allows visitors a chance to relax and an opportunity to “reconnect” with other former servicemen and servicewomen.

“Upon hearing about this place more people will realize that our mission is to bring families together with others for camaraderie and healing,” Paula Brown said. “It’s a place to bond and have someone else to talk to about their experiences.”

This shoot was open to those shooting recurve and compound bows with no crossbows allowed. The participants had the opportunity to test their abilities on 30 targets with a variety of different animals and at a variety of different positions.

Mike Brown explained the course as he gave a tour of the facility prior to the event commencing.

“There was a lot of hard work put into this course prior to its opening,” he said. “There were and still are so many volunteers that devoted time, equipment, material and money to this endeavor.”

He thanked David Skurda, the hunting coordinator for Operation Injured Soldier, and Aaron Keiser, who set up the course, and maintains it while also being affiliated with Camp Cuervo Archery Club. Both were on hand.

“They make days like this possible and the experience challenging but fun for those who participate,” Brown said.

In addition to Skurda and Keiser, the event wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the Browns, and Brave Hearts board members, who team up to give back and make the one-day event a reality.

Upcoming events at the estate include: Sept. 9, 3rd Annual Rib Cook Off 4 p.m.; Sept. 14-17, Liberty Hunt; Oct. 6-8, archery hunt; Oct. 20-22, Independence Hunt; and Nov. 17-22, rifle hunt.

There are five sturdy and accessible blinds located throughout the property.

For more information about Brave Hearts Estate and Operation Injured Soldier email pbrown@injuredsoldiers.org or call the Browns at (231) 539-7111.

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