I am a veteran of the US Army and was trained as a
crew chief/door gunner on a UH-1 Huey helicopter serving
from 1967-1972. Ellen is a retired US Postal Service
Postmaster since 2003. After living all our lives in
Georgia we decided to retire to a farm in N Central Ky.
supplementing our retirement with outfitting for deer
and turkey. I am a very experienced hunter and guide of
almost 50 yrs. taking most of the big game animals in
North America except sheep.
My first hunter was my younger brother, who was also an
Army veteran, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and given
8-12 months to live. He was the first hunter to take a
deer from the farm. It was a nice 15 pt buck. He passed
away a short time later. Next we had a young man with
Spina Bifida ask to come hunting. He was 14 yrs old and
confined to a wheelchair. It took a while but we got him
his turkey and the look on his face was unbelievable.
Needless to say he didn’t pay for the hunt.
These experiences led me to realize how fortunate I
was to have had the hunting adventures and success that
I have had and how others with disabilities might have
not. My attention also turned to returning soldiers that
have been wounded and the terminally Ill. Why couldn’t
we provide hunting opportunities to these hunters? As
their medical expenses are usually high and money is low
why couldn’t we do it for free? So we became Licking
River Outfitters, Inc., a non-profit 501(3)(c)
operation. Fully 100% of all donations go to help fund
LRO hunting trips. We have no payroll.
During 2014 we took our 1,000th person hunting of which 75 or
more were wounded soldiers, others were disabled or
youth. And All Were Free!!! We are now in our 8th year
of operation and I still haven’t killed a turkey in KY
on our farm. But I have called many in to meet their
maker at the hands of a wounded soldier, or disabled
hunter. What could be better than that? This has become
my passion and is a 365 day a year job as our 600 acre
farm is totally managed for trophy deer and turkey and
provides both food and lodging. We could not provide
these services as we do without the sponsorship and help
of our partners both locally and nationally. The public
is always invited to come and see firsthand how our
operation works. We just ask that you call first so we
will have meals prepared for you also.