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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides shooting/hunting opportunities for veterans, active duty military (wounded and well). We provide peer-to-peer outdoor activities with military members and their families, with a focus on reintegration after many years of deployments.

Results: We have helped 100s of veterans get back to the outdoor activities they loved to do prior to their in juries. We have increased our hunting and fishing programs to enable veterans to have the same access and ability prior to their injuries through adaptive equipment

Target demographics: veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 140 veterans and their familes

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: Adaptive hunting, shooting, fishing, and other outdoors adventures

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed the incredible work of this organization and it's impact on our Nation's Veterans. The respect towards our Veterans and the work they do getting Veterans back in the outdoors hunting, fishing, or shooting is inspirational and makes me want to do more for them. I am so proud to know that my donation goes directly to the programs they provide. I am humbled to have been at the side of wounded Warriors during some hunts and to witness not only how it impacts the lives of those that sacrifice so much for us but how it has impacted me personally to be among such an incredible group of individuals. The volunteer staff of Black Dagger Military Hunt Club have dedicated their lives to serving those who have so willingly served us through their military service. It is inspiring, humbling, and makes me proud to know them. I urge anyone reading this to donate to them if they are looking for a very worthy organization. The smiles on the faces of these HEROES as they catch that fish, hit a bulls eye with a firearm, or harvest a hog or deer does my heart and mind good. Thank you Black Dagger for all you do. I mean this from the bottom of my heart!!! Respectfully, Keith Reimers

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to start by saying thank you to all Veterans on this Veterans Day! My name is Thomas Taylor and I am a 20yr Coast Guard Veteran. Dave and the entire bunch, here at Black Dagger do amazing things for us, and I just can't say thank you, enough, for the support, morale, and friendships they have forged with my family and I! Keep up the awesome work, and Thank you all, God bless

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is with great honor that I write this review. From the moment I pulled up at the shooting event at Black Dagger Military Hunt Club, I felt as though I had known the people for years. I was welcomed with open arms by each of the staff volunteers, many of whom dedicated an entire weekend day to assist with the start and finish of the event. I cannot underscore enough the safe range practices that I observed by each one of the volunteers at the event. Every bullet fired down range was done so in a responsible, efficient manner due to the staff's constant awareness of range safety procedures. It was like Christmas morning for me at the event. As a former infantryman, I felt as though every magazine handed to me was a gift. I must have fired close to 2,000 various rounds that day (from .223 to .50 BMG). The staff made sure your weapon always had a fresh magazine and that you had a smile on your face. I cannot thank the folks at Black Dagger Military Hunt Club enough for what you did for me that day. May God bless each one of you, and I hope this review serves as a window to the public into how you are changing lives. There is definitely something to say about "recoil therapy" as a good way to clear your mind, and you folks go far beyond that in what you do for veterans. In closing, I would like to thank Mission BBQ for the catered meal to the event; it was seriously the best BBQ I have ever eaten (and thank you Mr. Winters for the "to go" bag!). Thank you again!

Respectfully,
Nate Lynn
OIF Veteran/11B

Wesley B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Black Dagger! They get me outdoors and involved in shooting sports. Sometimes, I take my boys and create great memories! Helping veterans is their calling, and they're a great blessing to soo many, including me. Great charity!

Frank69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the Black Dagger Military Hunt Club has been outstanding. They pull out all the stops to provide wounded warriors and gold star families an enriching experience that goes well beyond simply hunting. The comraderie that is built at their events cannot be quantified. The opportunities this charity provides to help heal the wounds of war and the effort the staff puts forth makes it an organization worthy of everyone's support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Gold Star Father having lost my son in the war in Afghanistan. Since my son's demise I have battled depression and the feeling of loss on a regular basis.
However, there have been many days where the loss is minimised by caring and empathetic people who generously reach out....and through their actions have shown me that my son's sacrifice is NOT forgotten.
One such organization that has helped me and other Gold Star Fathers is the Black Dagger MILITARY Hunt Club.
This organization has reached out to us on More than one occasion. They have taken us shooting and provided lunches....and some great fellowship!
I heartily endorse The Black Dagger MILITARY Hunt Club.

1 Pete11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer a handful of times for this organization. I've witnessed first hand the ability of this charity to literally pull somewhat introverted veterans out of their shell. It's a true joy to see a smile come across a face you know hasn't smiled in far to long. I can only hope those patients from the VA gain as much therapy from the experiences as I do. It's truly an honor to be able to, in some small way, be able to help these young men and women find their way back.

2 Ivie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc. as a volunteer. This wonderful organization is not JUST helping our military ‎warriors‬ heal outdoors.
It is an AMAZING group of people, who are a great example of SELFLESSNESS!!!
One small act can make a difference in the life of a Veteran, and the work that they do goes above and beyond that!
Thank you, Black Dagger, for the opportunity to give back! Thank you, Veterans, for your service, and for the sacrifices you have made!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm combat injured; blind, right leg amputee, 65% burned with limited use of my hands. After my injury, I never thought I would get back into the woods. Black Dagger Military Hunt Club showed me that, even with my disabilities, I could still pursue this passion.

I've been blessed with the opportunity to participate in five different outings and have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all of them. I look forward to future adventures with the club.

With Sincere Thanks,
SSG Joel Tavera (USA Ret)

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been honored to be partof the Black Dagger Hunt Club. After my husband's traumatic brain injury he was told his days of target shooting (his favorite hobby) were over. Through the our local VA we were introduced to Black Dagger. It has been wonderful to see my husband not only enjoy target and trap shooting again but be given a chance to be around so many who face similar challenges. I can't stress enough what a positive impact Black Dagger has had on him. His therapist have even notice an improvement in his eyes ability to focus and overall field of vision since he started target shooting again. We are profoundly grateful for the friendships we have made and opportunity to enjoy a hobby he had before. So much of life has changed, it is such a blessing when we are able to regain a few activities from before his traumatic brain injury

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've known BDMHC for about 3 years now and they were the first people since I had been injured that got me out of the hospital and onto their range. They are a wonderful and dedicated group of people who really believe in doing all they can for our veterans. I am thankful for everything they have done for me and very much look forward to taking part in their events in the future.

SGT Carl Moore

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Black Dagger Military Hunt Club is fantastic. Safe and coordinated shooting operations are consitantly provided and guided. It has always been wonderful to participate under Black Dagger led activities.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just wanted to say thank you to Black Dagger for letting me help out and participate in Top Shot 2015. It was the most memorable experience i have had to this day. Got to meet and compete with fellow disabled veterans. Came in second place. THANK YOU BLACK DAGGER!

3 Andrew95

Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are great! Such great attitudes and giving me opportunities that I didn't know existed. I tell everyone I can about them.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly great group ran by selfless individuals. I truly enjoyed the experience they allowed for me and the other veterans. Every step of the way is to better the experience of the veterans involved.

2 Michelle347

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hubby finally got a BUCK with y'all and operation outdoor freedom this past weekend. You were all amazing and shared his excitement. Thank you so much for this opportunity for him and all you do for our veterans. He is so excited for all the hunts he is able to attend in the future.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Dagger is an organization that allows wounded / injured military veterans to experience the outdoors and sports without the events being too large, over-manned, complicated, and there is no "babying" or "hand-holding". We veterans are respected for our abilities regardless of injuries, and the relationships with Black Dagger personnel, especially Ryan, are personal, and long-lasting friendships are made. I hope to always be a part of this organization!

David Caras, USCG AETC (Ret.)

1 Matthew60

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome charity! Founded by an amazing military family that I am honored to call friends.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently invited to attend Black Dagger's event shooting sporting clays with my son. We both had a blast! Great people with good souls!

2 Brent8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently was introduced to Black Dagger from another wounded veteran in the Tampa area. After registering less than a week previously I was contacted by Dave and Ryan Winters. They both offered any kind of help in its immediacy, but also if I was able to participate in any events ASAP. Of course I said I needed to check but of course. Within a month of the initial contact I was out hunting with them.
Very well organized, the land management and set-up is very well thought out. The compound was impressive with the ancillary benefits of a "camp" outside of a camp. All the volunteers were very eager to meet me and explain their role in the organization. Got to meet and greet with a "sponsor" of the hunt and his wife and they were terrific people! Very professional, very detailed, very organized. Everyone was very respectful and courteous and always asking if we needed anything in preparation for the hunt. Even if I had forgot something they had all the necessary equipment to show up in boxer shorts!
First we did the introductions, safety briefs, and then a little more on the types of animals that are out in the preserve, but also that they have at other staging areas in town. We then went out for weapons safety and practice/zero. I think it was an added bonus that the trappers had showed up about an hour before we were getting ready to leave for the hunt, but they had brought about 12 boars to the farm for release. It was pretty neat to see them all in the cages, before they got turned loose on the property.
Overall and awesome experience with even greater people. You can't put a price tag on something like that. Great bunch of guys and gals that I plan on keeping in touch with over the years!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been helped by black dagger in more ways than I can count. The have provided guidance, mentorships, encouragement. They have shown me that they is more than a broken body and bruised soul. It seems no matter what the day is like u can expect Dave and Ryan to be there smiling pushing you forward to your goals. They and the rest of the volunteers are some very special people. Our special community can never thank them enough for what they do for all of us.