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Disabled American veterans hunt at Chester Woods Park

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CHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - More than 20 disabled veterans and their families will have the opportunity to go hunting this weekend.

Chester Woods Park is opening their 1,300 acres to the veterans.

The hunters are selected by the Olmsted County Veterans Services Office.

After meeting specific qualifications the veterans names are selected through a lottery and whoever is chosen gets to take part in the big hunt.

While the veterans help the park control their deer population, it is the park staff like Tom Eckdahl that says it is an honor getting to work with our country's heroes.

"For Olmsted County Parks this is our 1 highlight of the year," Eckdahl said. "To have the vets out here is just a great honor and the opportunity ...like we've said before...to give back to them, give them an opportunity to be here in the park."

The disabled veterans chosen can hunt at Chester Woods Park from sun up until sun down through Sunday.

About 70 deer are expected to be harvested this season at the park.

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