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Calling all hunters for a good cause

Calling all hunters for a good cause
By: Arnold Wyrick

UNION COUNTY, Ill. - As the days grow shorter and the temperature continues to drop, geese and duck hunters head to their blinds for a trophy bird.  But some hunters in Southern Illinois spend a long cold day in their pits for a good cause.

And it all happens only once a year at the Grassy Lake Hunt Club in Union County.

"We've been blessed, may family has been blessed.  And my dad taught me that you have to give back some of what you get," says Collin Cain Co-Owner of Grassy Lake Hunt Club.

So Collin called up 70 of his fellow hunters and offered them a day at the club to benefit the Baptist Children's Home & Family Services.

"We treat and care for over a thousand children and adults annually.  So this is a big help for us.  We appreciate Collin Cain and Grassy Lake helping us out each year," says Doug Devore Executive Director of B.C.H.F.S.

But this is serious hunting too, and the sounds of birds being called in is quickly followed by echoes of gunfire.

"We come to have a good time, but we also come to support a good cause.  And we appreciate the work they do at the children's home.  And it's been enjoyable for us to watch it grow throughout our lives," says Paul Harris.

And no hunt would be complete with out the stories back at the lodge during lunch break, of those trophy birds that were just a little out of range during the morning hunt.  And talk of how they'll get their limit as the sunsets at Grassy Lake Hunt Club.

Mondays hunt raised more than $7,000 for families in Southern Illinois this holiday season.

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