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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

LEEK HUNTING & MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve

Giving Back to Our Nation's Heroes

RANGER COUNTRY™ SUPPORTS THE LEEK HEROES HUNT

 

RANGER Country is our way of recognizing the people, places and causes that best represent the RANGER lifestyle. This time around, Polaris wanted to find a cause that honored the men and women who protect and serve this great nation and all it has to offer.

 

LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve does this and more with the community it has created. LEEK is committed to the recovery and rehabilitation of our nation's veterans, using hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation as a means of recovery and healing.

 

We were able to experience a full day of hunting and fellowship with LEEK's heroes, retired football great, Joe Thomas. The community that has been built around that mission is nothing short of incredible. Countless veterans and their families have been positivly impacted by the support and comradirie at LEEK, all founded in a shared love of the great outdoors.

MEET THE HEROES

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Brett Rogers

Brett Rogers was the largest infantryman in US history (6’7” 350lbs) when he joined the Army in 2008. He sustained 6 concussions in his 13 months of service in Afghanistan.

 

He came home in 2011 and medically retired from military service in 2013, the same year he took up hunting. He visited LEEK three times before he moved his family to the area in 2016. He is now the head guide and caretaker of the property. He says the relationships formed with fellow warriors are more significant and he looks forward to sharing that camaraderie.

 

He says LEEK has also helped him significantly with his PTSD. “I used to go five days without eating because I didn’t want to deal with other people at the grocery store,” he remembers. “Now I give speeches about LEEK.”

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Pat Skelly

Pat Skelly was drafted into the Army in 1968 shortly after the Tet Offensive. He lost both legs in an RPG attack in April 1969 in Tay Ninh Province.

 

He returned to the states weighing just 86 pounds and his recovery lasted 13 months. He was re-introduced to hunting in the mid-70’s by a fellow vet who had lost an arm and an eye in WWII.

 

As a former Veterans Service Officer for Wayne County, NY he promotes LEEK to other vets regularly. He uses a track chair to hunt and the camaraderie is the reason he enjoys LEEK. “It’s nice to see people who are as crazy as you are,” he says. This is his third trip to LEEK.

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LEEK's Impact

During the 11-seasons that LEEK has been in operation they have hosted nearly 300 wounded and injured veterans from every branch of the U.S. military. LEEK is a non-profit organization, relying 100-percent on volunteers. More than 1,000 volunteers have supported LEEKs mission throughout the 11 seasons. LEEK believes in encouraging our nations' wounded heroes to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current physical limitations. LEEK was founded by U.S. Army veteran Ed Fisher, who served 27-years. Ed created LEEK as a community for veterans and their families, and remains committed to severing all veterans. 

 

“Our goal is to ensure their sacrifices are never forgotten and provide a therapeutic environment for healing with their fellow servicemen and servicewomen,” said Ed.

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