On the warmest Saturday of the summer, patients, vets, and friends convened in Windsor, Colorado for an activity-filled afternoon at the Colorado Youth Outdoor Program’s (CYO’s) gorgeous two hundred and fifty acre recreation facility. Eleven beautiful ponds, large meadows, and a nice sheltered meeting area enhanced a fun-filled afternoon of fishing, archery, and target shooting.
The ponds yielded plenty of bass, perch, and bluegill to both spinning and fly fisherman. All of the fifty participants caught at least one fish. One veteran, from Colorado Springs, claimed to have caught more than twelve fish before lunch.
Archery instruction was provided by the CYO’s staff members. It was an exciting opportunity for all the participants from Operation TBI, Wounded Warriors, and Craig Hospital to challenge themselves at the archery range. Traditional targets and 3-D targets were set up and a variety of different bows were available for participants to try.
At another station participants encountered an impromptu shooting range. After a brief review of proper range safety and etiquette, participants were able test their skills with BB guns by targeting a variety of clay pigeon-enhanced zombie targets and improvised exploding targets in the form of full cans of shaken soda. The Craig Hospital contingent put on show, clearly showing that they had spent time on the range.
A delicious lunch of brats, hotdogs, and hamburgers was provided while the participants enjoyed the afternoon. Guest speakers included Brian Gliba of Operation Wounded Ego, Rob Altenbernd of Operation TBI Freedom, Dean Jones of the Adams County Court System, Anthony Pace of Freedom Hunters, and the Colorado Youth Outdoors staff.
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