Fort Greely, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game through the Board of Game passed Proposal 91 (DM795 Purple Heart Hunt) Feb. 20, 2014 in a 6-1 vote. This is the first hunt of this kind in Alaska and goes hand-in-hand with the State of Alaska’s Purple Heart Initiative proclaimed earlier in 2013. The Purple Heart Hunt will be available for the 2015 hunting season and will allow six Purple Heart Recipients who are 100 percent disabled to participate in the hunt in the DM795 area (this area is within the Delta Junction Management Area.)
Fort Greely, Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Manager, Richard Barth, was instrumental in the development of this hunt along with Alaska Department of Fish and Game Local Area Biologist, Darren Bruning. Over two years in development, Barth took the time to solicit congressional backing. Letters to state and federal senators, congressman and the Alaska Governor’s Office requesting support for this hunt were well received and supported by all. “The biggest hurdle we had was convincing the local area advisory committee, but in the end we strengthened community relations and were able to get everyone on the same team – supporting our disabled veterans,” said Barth.
Deborah Coble Installation Public Affairs Officer
Fort Greely, Alaska “Home of the Rugged Professional”