On Saturday, June 18, State Sen. Ralph Shortey will be joining veterans from around the state at the Bowman Lodge at Lone Tree Ranch in Morris for a special event to raise funds for disabled veterans. The exclusive, five-star hunting and fishing lodge provides an array of free services for injured veterans.
“This lodge is unique in that it helps disabled veterans be able to enjoy those outdoor activities that they love. Most places don’t have the proper accommodations to help the disabled be able to partake in activities such as hunting and fishing, but this lodge does,” said Shortey, a member of the Senate Veterans Committee. “I applaud the Bowman’s for their vision and generosity in opening this lodge for our courageous veterans who have given so much for our country. Like the Bowman’s, we all need to do our part to help support our military men and women when they return from combat.”
The 1,100 lodge was founded by Britani and Paul Bowman, Jr., in 2008. Paul is a retired Marine and a Desert Storm veteran. Britani grew up in a hunting household. Her late father, William W. Talley II, served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Britani’s late sister, Kimberly, suffered from a degenerative brain disorder and was confined to a wheelchair during the later stages of her disease, so Britani grew up with a unique compassion and respect for those with special needs. The lodge is funded by the Talley Bowman Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, which is dedicated to helping vets re-discover the confidence and camaraderie that the great outdoors can provide.
The 1st Annual Bowman Lodge Shootout will begin at 8:00AM Saturday morning. Proceeds will go to the Foundation to help more veterans be able to visit the lodge.
At the ranch, hunters will find a variety of adaptive hunting measures available to them, including special transport, blinds and stands, to ensure an exciting, fulfilling hunt. All hunts are fully guided by a fellow veteran.
All lodging, meals, beverages, travel expenses, hunting licenses, tags, fees and meat processing fees are provided at absolutely no cost to the hunter.
To learn more about the lodge, visit www.bowmanlodge.org.