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Minnesota National Guard
Deployed Soldier Deer Hunt in Second Year

This year's Deployed Soldier Hunt saw a great increase in participation with 59 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard taking to the woods of Camp Ripley to hunt white tail deer on October 3rd and 4th

The hunt opened on October 2nd with a banquet at which Sgt Corey Rystad, a Fallen Soldier from Red Lake Falls, Minn, who served with Bravo Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, was honored by having this year's hunt named in honor of him Sgt Rystad's family was in attendance at the banquet and was presented with a plaque

Sgt Rystad's Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Gregg Parks was also in attendance and spoke of Sgt Rystad's love of hunting and how he spoke of wanting to participate in the Deployed Soldier Hunt when he returned home

It is an honor, it is something that I know my son would appreciate," said Donna Rystad, Corey's Mother

The next morning the Soldiers and Airmen took to the woods of Camp Ripley at 0545 The hunters were permitted to use any area in the far northern part of Camp Ripley because at the same time the Disabled American Veterans were conducting their yearly hunt in the southern area of Camp Ripley

By the end of the two days of hunting the Deployed Soldiers had harvested ten deer The largest of which was a ten point buck taken by Sgt Drew Glaze, Charlie Company, 2 Battalion, 211 General Aviation Support Battalion

"Success is not measured by the harvest numbers, but by the memories of having a chance to hunt together with old friends that have a common bond; almost like a new deer camp," said Jay Brezinka, Camp Ripley Environmental Office and Deployed Soldier Hunt Coordinator

As more Soldiers return from Combat Action across the globe in support of the Global War on Terror more Soldiers will become eligible to participate in the Deployed Soldier Hunt and the number of Soldiers participating will increase Camp Ripley offers 150 permits to participate in the hunt

By Sgt Kenneth R Toole
5 October 2007

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