The Wounded Warriors Guide Service is a group aimed toward providing cost-free hunting trips to veterans who have served our country in the armed forces, and the January 2014 inaugural ice fishing tournament at Woodland Resort was deemed to be a tremendous success.

The Wounded Warriors Guide Service is a group aimed toward providing cost-free hunting trips to veterans who have served our country in the armed forces, and the January 2014 inaugural ice fishing tournament at Woodland Resort was deemed to be a tremendous success.

That first year 38 two-person teams caught a cumulative total of 81 perch, 51 walleye and six northern pike.
 
Fast forward to 2016

Last year, in spite of the subzero temperatures, winds adding a minus 27 wind chill at times and a starting time of before dawn, the Wounded Warriors fundraising ice fishing derby on Saturday, Jan. 16 was another rousing success.

The sold-out derby saw over 50 two-man ice fishing teams competing for prizes and bragging rights in four categories: perch, walleye, northern and other species.

Individual teams took home prizes, but everyone who participated was a winner, according to Dave Morse, one of the event’s organizers.

Money raised from the event goes to provide free guided hunting and fishing expeditions for wounded warriors throughout the year on Devils Lake and around the region.

Morse added this statement prior to the 2017 tournament, their fourth annual, “This event is not for the faint hearted, it is not for the fair weather fisherman or woman!

“Every year our contestants battle the elements in some of the most hostile winter conditions the frozen tundra has to offer. They don’t come out for themselves, they don’t come to get rich, they come to support our cause and to give back. They do it for our heroes!”

At the 2016 banquet, Brian Ophus, founder of Wounded Warriors Guide Service talked about the positive outcomes from the tournament in the memories made and the camaraderie experienced.

He thanked Kyle Blanchfield and Woodland Resort for hosting the event.

He added, “It's great to see people from all walks of life come and participate and create new friendships, to those of us that have served, camaraderie is one of the foundations that makes our time serving priceless.

“In war, of course, we are fighting enemies to protect not only our loved ones, but people we have never met, and the thing that gets us through the most difficult times in our lives, is the people to our left and right while we are fighting, our brothers and sisters in arms.”  

For more information about Wounded Warriors go to http://www.woundedwarriorsguide.com or search for them on Facebook.