Elks Lodge 28 Using Rifle Season to Help Veterans


Hunters get your rifles ready, your two weeks have already started. Rifle season officially opened Monday morning in West Virginia.
Officials say deer hunters spend an estimated $230 million in West Virginia.

At Cabela’s at the Highlands it’s not just about how big a buck you can haul, it’s also about giving back to help our veterans, and even about the quality time families can spend together experiencing the thrill of bagging your first buck with your dad.

While hunters stop by Cabela’s to check in their wildlife, the Elk’s Lodge 28 from Wheeling has set up shop, passing out information about a new program asking hunters to donate their hides to be used to make goods for veterans.

“It’s really to help out the veterans, it’s all free. Most people aren’t going to keep their hides anyway, they’ll take them to the butcher and the butcher might put them off to the side,” said Elk Lodge 28 exalted ruler, Elizabeth Pernell. “If that’s what you’re going to do have them cut them off, bring them back to us.”

The season has just begun, but many are already hitting their mark. Charlie Tamburin hit the woods Monday morning with his dad for the first time and managed to wrangle in quite a big win.

“We saw this nice buck and my dad said to shoot it so I took a nice shot and he was all happy and so was I,” Charlie said.

Dad, Charles says it was good to coach his son through this experience.

“It was pretty exciting, I’m proud of him,” he said. “He made a really nice shot on this eight point here about 150 yards away.”

The Tamburins say they plan to donate their 8 point hide to the Elks Lodge 28 for veterans.

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