Disabled veterans to hunt deer Thursday and Friday at Camp Grafton

Shawn Franek (center) and Larry Walford drag Ray Feist's doe to a waiting pickup in November 2008 after a successful hunt for disabled veterans at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake. Walford, Chief Warrant Officer and hunt coordinator at Camp Grafton and Franek, hunting guide, were among a group that assisted veterans during the hunt. This year's Camp Grafton hunt is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

The annual deer hunt for disabled veterans is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake. Seven veterans have registered for this year’s hunt, the North Dakota National Guard said in a news release.

The late Col. Dean Hildebrand initiated the hunt more than 20 years ago to provide a hunting opportunity for disabled veterans and to reduce the camp’s deer population. Hildebrand, who was director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department from March 1996 until December 2005, died in September 2008 at the age of 70.

As part of the annual Camp Grafton hunt, each veteran will be accompanied by an assistant — typically a family member — and a Camp Grafton representative, the news release said.

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