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Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc.

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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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8

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

3 Clint3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Black Dagger for 4 years now and I cannot not begin to explain how amazing this organization is. To watch these heroes smile as they bag that trophy boar or land a monster redfish is an experience that cannot not be described. These heroes who have given so much for us deserve everything we have to give back and black dagger makes that possible. It is a true honor and privilege to be involved with this organization and the heroes it helps. Helping heroes heal is not just the motto, it's what we are all about.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and guest at Black Dagger events. In both roles it gave a fond sense of purpose and connection that I haven't had in what feels like a life time. Thank you all for the Encouraging work you do! Keep on getting as many Service Men and Women engaged in this truly outstanding program. SEMPER FI

3 Nancy203

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Black Dagger MHC Hog/Deer Hunt this month and I must say, this was absolutely the best hunting experience I have ever had. Black Dagger MHC, under the leadership of David Winters, has once again provided another great adventure. The hunt was located on Strickland Farm, southeast of Tampa, with all the wildlife one could imagine. My thanks to the Strickland family for affording us the opportunity to share their beautiful land for this event. Operation Outdoor Freedom, under the leadership of David Hunt, as well as Floridas' finest Division of Forestry provided additional personnel and materiel from guides to cooks and more. To all personnel, volunteering their own time, a personal and heartfelt thank you for making this event a success. You are all appreciated. For those moments we shared, stories and jokes we told, you all make us feel rewarded and enriched until the next time.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I haven't been able to hunt in over 5 years. These guys are awesome, they welcome you in give you what you need to be successful. Had a blast meeting other veterans from all eras. I definately recommend Black Dagger Hunt Club! Hope I get to go on more of these hunts, they really do care about veterans.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Killing a Hog named “Regret”

When we rolled back into the camp on Saturday night, Mr Dave Winters patted me on the back and said nice kill about the boar we just bagged. I said, “Yeah, but it was more significant than that. What do you call something in your life that is sort of like a monument to remember?” Dave replied, “In the Old Testament those were called ‘Markers’.”

Joe Evans, my Guide, and I had already agreed we weren’t killing any boars, but my wife had just told me that if a suitable wall trophy presented itself, then I could at least put it up in the garage. I really wasn’t looking for a trophy though, and I have never mounted anything on my wall. So, when that boar stepped into the kill zone by himself at dusk, Joe asked 3 or 4 times if I wanted him, and to go ahead and take him. I said no, I don’t want a trophy, and when the boar turned face on, I put the 150 gr Barnes TSX bullet between his left eye and ear. I wanted a Marker.

2013 and 14 got pretty tough for me, and thus much worse for my wife Tonia and our 4 kids. I experienced a major concussion at work while instructing in a shoot house in late 2013, and it seemed as if it was the straw that broke the camel’s back as I had already racked up 7 TBI events in combat or training for combat over the past 25 years. I was now, “All of the above” and maxed out on the medical questionnaires for pain, sleep, suicidal, homicidal, and just plain off the reservation. I was drinking from sun up to sun down. Tonia went screaming for help and by late April 2014 I was admitted for 3 months into the Polytrauma Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the James A Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. In doing so, I walked away from everything I had ever known in the military, in the special operations community, as a contractor, and as a small business owner. It meant financial ruin as we would have to start over completely. However, it is silly to say that I, “Lost everything”, when really I have since regained the world, life, a second chance, my family, new friends, my wife, and myself all over again.

This past hunting trip with Black Dagger was the first social outing I’ve been on since leaving everything in Ft Bragg/Fayetteville last year. Moreover, it’s the first social outing with friends I’ve been on in as long as I can remember.

Moving forward now. There comes a point in time when you decide if the things you should and shouldn’t have done, or could, but couldn’t do, and everything you did or didn’t in the past are going to linger in your life as regret moving forward.

Regret is as destructive a force as this boar was. He was rooting up the Strickland’s Ranch. I’m very glad Mrs. Strickland had her own name for him, and that maybe it was even revenge on what he had done to her dogs two weeks prior. I also had a name for him, and that name was “Regret”. I can’t change the past, erase the hurt, or fix the injuries that are permanent, but I can certainly change my point of view.

Black Dagger helped me find this new vantage point and from there I was able to have a different perspective on the past. Thus, when that hog named “Regret” walked into the kill zone, I enjoyed putting a bullet in his head and finishing him once and for all. Good hunting, great fellowship, the best people. Josh




3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran that, by chance, had the privilege of meeting David and Ryan Winters along with all of there volunteers a couple of years ago. Since then David, Ryan and the entire BDHC organization has been an integral part of my physical and psychological rehabilitation. By there initial display of selfless service during my first event with them to all of the Veterans, not just the wounded, and to me, it was obvious to me that these men and volunteers are true Americans and patriots and were sincerely there to help all of us out. They exercised and quickly projected to me a sense of comradery that no other organization has personally shown me since my medical retirement. The same comradery I experienced while serving the Teams in our nations Special Forces units is what has earned them my respect and willingness to continue to push forward with my treatment for the physical and invisible wounds that no other organization has successfully helped me or my family deal with over the past decade. In my families eyes they have help me survive where others have failed to reach out to us and effectively do so.
With the encouragement from David and Ryan, I've participated in a few events during 2014 and now early into 2015. This past weekend was, by far, the most incredible event i have personally experienced since my retirement. Everything was perfect, extremely organized and well planned. From the time we rolled into the "base camp", Ryan was there to greet me (although I did not know he was undercover-I didn't recognize him without his beard, lol.) From there I was introduced to Mike from Operation Outdoor Freedom and was quickly registered for the hunt and shown our sleeping arrangements and introduced to the entire staff that was present along with the fellow Veterans that would be participating in the hunt. Everything was provided for us, we were catered to every possible need that came up....these guys think of everything! Mr. Strickland and his wife were generous enough to allow us to hunt on there property and were amazingly hospitable.
Now to the fun stuff, each of us were paired up with a guide, some were from OOV and the Forestry Service and the BDMHC staff. I was absolutely lucky enough to had been chosen to pair up to magic Mike from OOV who is also a Forest Ranger. Right off the bat I felt comfortable around Mike, he immediately explained to me where we would be hunting from and a brief description of the area. He was very detailed and obviously an extremely knowledgeable hunter and guide, I call him the forest ninja. I absolutely love hunting and the outdoors so I felt right at home..guns and woodline, what more can a guy ask for. The most impressive thing to me was the availability of a variety of rifles and hunting equipment that David, Ryan and the BDMHC had at our disposal along with the ammo selection, tailored to each hunter. Ryan was very knowledgeable on the ballistics and capabilities of those rifles and ammunition and quickly answered all of our questions. These are the small things that allowed me to feel that much more comfortable and confident in this organization.
After each hunt, it was as if we each held our own AAR (After Action Review) with our guides, fellow hunters and volunteers, the kind of "unofficial" AAR that we have come accustomed to from being in the military. Of course when you get a bunch of type triple A (AAA) personalities together, the jokes immediate start pouring in so you better have thick skin...We jokingly teasing each other but really used those humorous "critiques" to improve our hunting skills for the next hunt and to get to know eachother that much better..("breaking the "GUARDED" ice") which i can say did help some of the hunters.
The best part and the part that separates the men from the boys was the cleaning of the harvested! We had some of the best volunteers with us for this part. Initially all I saw were two big camoed up gorillas with knives slicing away and heard reciprocal saws cutting away, like a well choreographed room clearing event. It grabbed my attention and quickly asked if they could teach me. Dave and Joey Evans didn't hesitate to hand me the knives and pursued to talking me through the whole process. I didn't know these guys were brothers until David Winters told me but I can tell you that these are the guys you want on your side when it comes to dressing hogs and deer! It was quite an experience and now have a new skill that I could only have experienced with this organization. After the next hunt a doe was harvested and I asked my guide Mike and a fellow Forestry Ranger to teach me how to properly clean the doe and with there guidance it was quite a detailed experience, not as aromacly interesting as the hog cleaning but never the less an unforgettable experience.
All in all I can share with you that I absolutely had an incredible hunting experience. I had the opportunity to enjoy watching 3 large does come within 20 feet of our stand which was absolutely an incredible sight to see. These beautiful animals are so peaceful and like I told my guide, it was a very relaxing to enjoy just watching them feed and walk around us as if we were not there and not a threat to them, very therapeutic.
Once again I want to thank everyone that made this hunting opportunity possible. If I left your name off of this review, forgive me it was not intentional. Mr. Strickland and your family for allowing the use of your property, Mr. David Hunt from OPERATION OUTDOOR FREEDOM, my guide and forest ninja Mike, Glenn from the Forestry volunteers, the Evans brothers for the awesome skills in cleaning the harvested, the COOK for the amazing steaks and meals, Amy for talking to me about another possible opportunity with wounded veterans in the near future, all my fellow hunting veterans that shared there person events with us, the SOCOM Care Coalition for adding me to the list at the last moment, thx Hiriam and last but not least David and Ryan Winters for all that you continue to do for all veterans, no just the wounded...."Leave No Man Mehind"!
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT HUNT!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very well-run organization with a lot of heart. The services provided are integral to the lives of wounded Veteran's.

3 Frank46

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I had the opportunity to go on a hunting trip with them and a few other vets and I couldn't ask for anything better. Very caring and down to earth and willing to help with anything you need help with.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Dagger is an amazing organization that provides a wonderful service to our wounded veterans. I've seen first hand what this organization has done for our service men and women and I'm honored to have been able to work with the wonderful people that provide these services to our veterans and their families. I would strongly recommend Black Dagger Military Hunt Club to anyone looking for a quality Nonprofit organization to support.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Black Dagger is an organization that offers extraordinary opportunities for our veterans. Each member of Black Dagger shows such caring and concern for our veterans. A reputable organization like this is exactly what helps the veterans in a positive way. I am eager to volunteer for this great organization when I am in Florida next time.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a therapist and work with the veterans on a daily basis. I have had the pleasure for the last several years of working with Black Dagger MHC. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and go above and beyond what their mission statement says. They are passionate about what they do and it shows. Their dedication and love for the veterans knows no bounds.

4 Gian D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the most reputable in the state of Florida because of their unwavering support of our nation's finest. Their dedication goes beyond the outings and events, and deep into the moral fabric of the military ethos. With integrity and a strong foundation, Black Dagger stands at the front line of awareness for suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, loss of limbs, and Acute Stress Disorder. As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to assist others and make a positive impact in their lives. Mentorship, fellowship, and a strong connection with the outdoors through recreational therapy are the mission objectives. Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc. Mission Accomplished! I proudly stand at your service to continue the mission. Your message of perseverance in the face of adversity is an inspiration to anyone who has the pleasure of your services.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Dagger is a state of the art charity that assists Service Members and Wounded Veterans spanning all generations, building that bond between us. Dave Winters and his team of all volunteer experts utilize state of the art technology and good old fashioned hands on care and personal relationships to assist the men and women to find that "new normal". I have personally witnessed them guide the blind to "see", and others with both visible and invisible traumatic wounds do what others said would be impossible. All of this has been made possible wih an operating budget consistently under 6% as he and others DO NOT take a salary.
Thank you again for what you and your team have done for myself and other combat wounded veterans around the country!

3 Jamie76

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Black Dagger has done amazing job providing therapeutic hunting and shooting programs for our wounded veterans and active duty service members. Their goal is not to get publicity or recognition for themselves but to provide worthwhile experiences to promote a sense of camraderie and normalcy to our injured. They seek out the expertise of those in the adapted sports, assistive technology and recreation therapy fields to maximize the shooters participation, functional independence and self-esteem in the safest and most dignified way. Their dedication to the injured and to the program continually shows in everything they do.

3 PenneyandChuy V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to attend the Black Dagger Top Shot event this year in Fl. I had an amazing time and would recommend anyone to support this group of people volunteering their time to make this happen for us veterans. I am a service connected amputee and find things like this is what keeps me motivated. Thank you to the donors, organization, and volunteers!

3 Brian125

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Black Dagger Military Hunt by a customer who is a member at the Marina I manage in St. Pete. After meeting with Dave Winter, I was extremly impressed wth his care and concern for our veterans. We have had two events and the care and concern that this group displays is gratifying to all that participate. It is about the vets, not the donations. I would recommend this group to anyone who wishes to truly make a difference.
Brian Sweeney

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Black Dagger MHC is one of those great non-profits that are all about making sure veterans get the service they need regardless of which organization is behind it. Dave says all the time, "its all about the veterans". Black Dagger doesn't only serve their veterans they help other organizations serving veterans build and grow as well. They have supported ours and we support theirs. I recently attended and helped at one of their Clay Shoots and it truly is gratifying to see the veterans work past their now limitations and pick up an activity that they once loved. To some shooting a gun would not be therapeutic, but to this crowd it is! It gives them back control and confidence in more ways you can imagine. I was impressed that all participants have been cleared through proper channels to progress to this stage before coming out and while on the range they were clearly and methodically instructed on the rules while holding a firearm. Truly a top notch organization on the rise!

3 gabbyfranco

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Top Shot Heroes event in 2012 and 2013, and the experience was amazing. BDMHC does an incredible job giving our veterans with disabilities an opportunity to do what some thought they would never be able to do again... And that, is priceless!
Thank you BDMHC for your unconditional and selfless devotion to our veterans.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping volunteer with the Black Dagger team in support of the trap shooting competition during the 2013 Wheelchair Games held in Tampa was one of my most rewarding experiences. I was also lucky enough to participate in a couple of hog hunts and dove hunts. All were run extremely professionally by the Black Dagger team.

3 Steve141

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 70% Disabled Veteran and have been volunteering with Black Dagger Military Hunt Club for three years. Black Dagger goes above and beyond in helping all veterans as well as disabled first responders in regaining their self esteem and sense of worth. They do this by providing the veterans an opportunity to do something they were trained to do (marksmanship) or grew up doing (hunting or fishing). This organization operates with next to zero overhead and virtually all donations go back into the program for the benefit of those it serves - the disabled veteran, police officer, or fire fighter. Kudos to the men and women who run this organization and more so to those it serves.

3 Don N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You won’t find many non-profits with this much enthusiasm and dedication to our warriors. Moreover, they are fiscally responsible with their donations and how they use it. A credit to this organizations leadership and commitment to excellence.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

As a 3 tour ARMY service connected 100 per cent disabled Vietnam Veteran, I became a volunteer and donor with this group 3 years ago. This organization does so much for our wounded warriors helping them re adapt to their lives after returning home injured in America's wars. This organization, which is CHRISTIAN based, does so much more on the local level to help our veterans through their programs than many of the big ones who advertise on television for donations. Unlike other groups helping our vet's, BDMHC utilizes 98% of all donated funds to help our wounded warriors in their programs. No one receives a salary. All participants volunteer their time to help. In the military we learn on day 1 that we never leave anyone behind. BDMHC exemplifies this. I would invite anyone in the community that wants to give back to our combat vets to look into both volunteering and financially assisting this great organization. Dave Winters and his staff get a thumbs up from this disabled vet and MANY others.

3 Adam48

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Dagger takes serving veterans to the next level. Their provide in-depth peer-to-peer mentoring program through outdoor activities. From hunting, fishing, clay shoots, range competitions, and more they have a way to get plugged in as a veteran or a volunteer.

3 Rebekah13

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Black Dagger, the purpose and vision and the people who plan and organize the events. It makes a big difference when you really know the heart and minds of the people behind non profits. We are so proud to be a part and look forward to seeing Black Dagger grow mightily.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Black Dagger for 2 years. I was told about this organization through a friend of mine from another non profit organization working with the same purpose . Black Dagger Military Hunt Club is a great organization that gives back to the men and women of the armed forces by having hunting trips , fishing trips, and much more . The men and women who volunteer do not get paid for their services. We get paid with great results, smiles on faces, relief, and a bond . 97% of all proceeds go towards the veterans and strictly veterans.
#HonorThem

3 Claudia25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Black Dagger Military Hunt Club for about 2 1/2 years. I learned about them from a coworker who was participating in one of their events and invited me as his guest. I took photos of the guys and gals competing and a couple days later I received an email from one of their members asking to use my photos and the rest is history. The interaction between the veterans, no matter when they served, is great. There's not enough space to explain what it means to them to be able to get back out and compete, hunt and fish. BDMHC enables them to do that no matter what their disability. Volunteering is supposed to be fun and I have said I'm not sure who has more fun at our events, the veterans or me photographing them.

3 Allen11

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Black Dagger for as long as the organization has been serving Vets. I am also a disabled vet. And I am the in bound Secretary of the organization. I often provide my personal weapons to Black Dagger shots. I run a monthly cay bird clinic for Black Dagger. I bring 20 plus of my shotguns out and let a small group (usually 5) shot either Trap, Skeet, 5 stand or Sporting Clays. I provide basic assistance in how to play the different games but let the shooters find their own way to succeed. There is nothing like the look on these guys faces after a few hours on the range. Join us in our efforts to help these great Americans.

3 Angie54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Black Dagger Military Hunt Club for 2 years. This organization takes our vets on hunting trips, fishing trips, a day at the shooting range. This organization give back 97+%; of tour donation to the vets. There is no paid staff. We are all paid with smiles, hugs and kisses from our amazing vets. The smiles on our vets faces is priceless.