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'Warriors Never Give Up' pheasant hunt gives back to veterans

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It's starting to feel a little bit like fall, and a little wet at times today.

But that didn't stop a group of vets from getting together to get a jump start on their pheasant hunting season.

KSFY News joined them on this special hunt.

This is a pheasant hunt called 'Warriors Never Give Up.'

And it all started with the idea to give back.

One of the hunt's founders contacted the UFC's Ryan Bayder and his foundation for support.

Then other sponsors were brought in.

And Saturday, they got a chance to make some vets 'happy hunters'.

The vets took in some practice shooting just before the big hunt.

More than a dozen men and one woman took part in the event.

And the UFC's DB Dolloway came out to show his support for vets.

Brett Bastian served in the South Dakota Army National Guard.

He and a friend had the idea for the hunt about a year ago.

And now, he gets to give back with a message. 

"That they're not alone, and there's people here who have dealt with similar things that they've dealt with.... I just think that's one of the most important things that we're giving back to our fellow veterans," Bastian said.

DB Dolloway said "seeing these guys, you know, come out and just have a weekend where they can relax and step back from everything they went through. And if me being here helps out with that, then I'm glad to do it."

Vietnam War veteran Mike Whiting said "I just think it's great that these people went to all this bother to show a little bit of pride for the country."

Saturday's hunt brought together vets from many different generations at the Rooster River Hunting Lodge in Flandreau.

There were vets who served in Vietnam, and recent vets from Fort Riley's Warrior Transition Battalion.

Fort Riley's in Kansas.

It provides physical and mental health therapy for wounded soldiers and their families.

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