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Local hunting club reaches out to sick children, wounded veterans

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Jesse Hourigan poses with the buck he took last December at Briarwood Sporting Club. Hourigan, who recently passed away after battling leukemia, was part of a hunt donated by the local club. (PHOTO | BRIARWOOD)

For some, it’s the thrill of the hunt.

For terminally ill 17-year old Jesse Hourigan, it was the hunt of his life.

Jesse had been diagnosed with leukemia his junior year of high school, and was told last December that he had three months left to live.

Growing up around hunters, Jesse was given one last chance to experience the thrill of nature thanks to Briarwood Sporting Club in rural Bellefontaine.

Confined to his wheelchair, Jesse went out into the wild one last time and harvested his final buck on Dec. 13, 2012.
Jesse passed away March 7.

Briarwood Sporting Club owner Chris Daniels has been providing free hunts for terminally ill children like Jesse, and representatives of the Wounded Warriors Project for the past three years.

“You become close with these families,” said Daniels. “You think this could be me or someone in my family. It’s almost a way for these kids and the Wounded Warriors to heal. It’s just good to give back.”

Daniels works in conjunction with the Safari Club International and the SCI Central Ohio Chapter in Dublin and the SCI Flint Regional Chapter to find terminally ill children or Wounded Warriors to come and experience Briarwood.

Briarwood already has plans for another Wounded Warrior and another terminally ill child to come out to hunt this year. Daniels plans to have one hunt for each cause every year.

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