The DSC Great Lakes Regional Chapter continues to make dreams come true for some truly special individuals! Through the Chapter’s “Heroes” program (designed to recognize individuals from the Great Lakes Region who have served our country in the armed forces and/or who are first responders), the Chapter has been able to provide fully funded hunting experiences for those who have served. Individuals selected to participate in “Hero Hunts” receive an all expenses paid hunting experience (most recently Rocky Mountain Elk hunts provided through Cory Kristoff’s Classic Mountain Hunts in Alberta, Canada) that include the hunt , hunting license and tag, roundtrip airfare, tips and taxidermy.
2019 HERO HUNT.
Staff Sergeant, Clifford Prince was the Chapter’s 2019 Hero Hunter! Cliff enlisted in the military in 2007. He was deployed as part of Iraqi Freedom in 2008 where he served as a rifleman and gunner. Cliff was deployed a second time in 2012. This deployment was part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During this second deployment, Cliff served as a team leader and a squad designated marksman in a line unit. Cliff is currently assigned as a squad leader with B company, 1-125 infantry unit. He is a weapons squad leader and serves both, as a master resiliency trainer, and an equal opportunity officer. In recognition of his service to our nation, and with deep appreciation and gratitude, the Chapter facilitated a Rocky Mountain Elk hunt for Cliff with Corey Kristoff’s Classic Mountain Hunts in the fall of 2019. Cory and Pam Kristoff fully donated this hunt. Bob Parkey’s Taxidermy in Indian River, Michigan provided a full shoulder mount of the trophy.
2018 HERO HUNT.
United States Air Force Master Sergeant, Matthew Nissen was one of the Chapter’s 2018 Hero Hunters. Matt is currently assigned as an Air Force recruiter based in Gaylord, Michigan. Prior to his current assignment, Matt served in the Red Horse heavy construction unit and served 3.5 years in the Middle East. He was deployed to the Middle East multiple times and was assigned to multiple bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Matt has received the Air Force Commendation medal twice, the Air Force Achievement medal four times, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement medal, and the Army Commendation medal twice. In recognition of his service to our nation and with deep appreciation and gratitude, the Chapter provided Matt with a Rocky Mountain Elk hunt with Corey Kristoff’s Classic Mountain Hunts in the fall of 2018. Cory and Pam Kristoff fully donated this hunt.
United States Army veteran, Kevin Bradley, served as a combat medic during Desert Storm and was the second 2018 Hero Hunter. Kevin, who is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from the effects of exposure to Agent Orange, hunted a Rocky Mountain Elk at Jack Pine Safari in Lewiston. Kevin hunted over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and killed a bull Elk. Kevin’s hunt was fully provided by the Chapter. The Chapter expresses its thanks and appreciation to Floyd and Diane Moore at Jack Pine Safari, Tim Gauthier (videographer) and Thane Whitscell (photographer) who helped to facilitate this hunt.
For more information about the Hero Hunter program, to nominate a future Hero Hunter or to offer a special hunting opportunity for a future Hero Hunter contact us below: