NYC Fireman Tommy Feaser Joins the Hunt

Here’s a brief bio for our fifth blacktail hunter.

“Firefighter Thomas Feaser was born and raised in Staten Island, New York.  He is a 27 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department.   Tom spent most of his career with Ladder 113 in Brooklyn, NY and was with that department on September 11, 2001 which miraculously the entire company survived the devastation. In December 2005, Tom received a “New York’s Bravest Award” and the David De Franco Water Rescue Metal for his heroic action of braving ice, wind, rocks and water to rescue a drowning woman in the Kill van Kull , a channel of water separating Staten Island and Bayonne, New Jersey.  Mr. Feaser retired in 2010 and enjoys spending his time with his family in Staten Island and in Dingmans Ferry, PA.”

Thomas FeaserWe look forward to welcoming Tommy on August 15.

2012 Letter to the Livermore-Pleasanton Chapter of MDF

Tonight MDF Livermore-Pleasanton is conducting its 20th banquet. Quite a few of the original 194 who attended the first banquet, 20 years ago, are here tonight and that includes all of the five committee members that put together that original banquet – Rob Fletcher, Ralph Laughlin, Gary Pacheco, Terry Ludlow and myself. Three of us have been on all 20 banquet committees. Terry Ludlow has outdone all of us as he served on the San Jose Chapter banquet committee for two years before we started up here.

Since 1992 we’ve had four Chapter Chairs – Mick Dover, Gary Pacheco, Bob Holm and myself. Many people in the room tonight have supported the MDF mission for the entire 20 years or more. Nobody has kept count, but by my best guess, the Livermore-Pleasanton has sold over 6,000 banquet tickets and raised about a million dollars net for deer conservation.

In 1997 through 2003, our local chapter held several “Youth Day” events. You’ll see photos of those events in our slide show tonight. As of 2012, MDF has an entire youth program called M.U.L.E.Y. which includes a a full-time staff member assigned to promoting youth involvement in shooting and hunting. MidwayUSA and Larry Potterfield are largely responsible for funding this program, but it’s the dedication of MDF volunteers that will make the program successful. It’s hard to distinguish the MULEY program from the Livermore-Pleasanton event.

About six years ago, California Waterfowl and a few other groups formed the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA). In about 2006, MDF joined COHA and today MDF CEO Miles Moretti is a key Director on the COHA board. During the past few years, legislation created by COHA has influenced the way California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) operates and COHA-supported networking has leveraged the ability of conservation groups like MDF to partner more efficiently with CDFG.

In 2009, MDF Livermore-Pleasanton took on a large role in creation of the Purple Heart Outdoor Tour. Along with many other groups, like Cal Deer, Cal Waterfowl, The Livermore-Pleasanton Rod and Gun, COHA and the Warrior Watch Riders VFW Chapter, The Purple Heart Outdoor Tour Blacktail Deer Hunt has become a major local event that supports active duty servicemen, by providing opportunity for valorous soldiers to hunt blacktail deer and socialize with local citizens.

Today the organization has grown from a staff of one full-time secretary and one field representative in 1992 to about 20. We have a CEO in Miles Moretti who is well known in all the mule deer states. From North Dakota to Arizona andTexas to the state of Washington, MDF is on the map. At this year’s convention auctioneers sold hunts and tags from Friday afternoon through Saturday night raising money for deer and other wildlife. Several deer tags sold for over $150,000 and a couple for over $200,000.

In 1992 we had no magazine, no videos, no convention, limited project funds, no fundraising tags, no TV coverage, few chapters outside California and no paid leadership. Today we have all these things, about 15,000 members and a tradition of success.

Thanks to you, MDF is alive and well and going places.

Rich Fletcher and your Livermore-Pleasanton Committee

2011 Purple Heart Outdoor Tour Motorcade Arrives at Opening Ceremony

On August 18th four Army Rangers, one NYC Fireman and Dan Hammack, founder of the Purple Heart Outdoor Tour arrived in Livermore for the 2011 blacktail deer hunt. This video shows the group arriving at Rao Ranch for the opening ceremony. The motorcade was organized and carried our by a Bay Area VFW group called the Warrior Watch Riders whose vow is that no soldier should come home unwelcomed.

The deer hunting begins today, August 19. Tomorrow the group will be hosted at the Livermore-Pleasanton Rod and Gun club, an informal barbecue and trap shoot. If you would like to attend the Saturday noon event, email me (just comment) and we’ll save a spot for you. You can bring your shotgun and join in the shooting.

The sponsors of tomorrow’s event are the Livermore-Pleasanton Rod and Gun Club, The Mule Deer Foundation and Cal Waterfowl.

Date Set for 2011 Purple Heart Outdoor Tour Blacktail Hunt

Spike Schau and the Warrior Watch riders put together a great motorcade.

Opening festivities will begin on Thursday August 18, 2011 with a motorcade through Pleasanton-Livermore and a barbecue at the Rao Ranch. The hunters will go afield starting on Friday August 19th.

Dan Hammack will lead the soldiers once again this year. Here he addresses the crowd at the 2010 BBQ.

Other events to follow. Six local ranchers will participate this year. See brochure.PURPLE HEART BROCHURE AND MAP[1]

Here’s the Scoop on Our Fifth Purple Heart Outdoor Tour Blacktail Hunter

Got this info in an email from LTC Hammack this morning.

Here's our blacktail hunter #5.

My Name is Joshua Olson. I was born August 21, 1979 in Spokane Washington. I graduated from high school in 1997 and enlisted straight into the Army. I went to basic training and AIT at Fort Benning, Ga. My first duty station was at the Ft. Campbell with the 101st Airborne (ASSLT). I stayed at Ft. Cambell for 3 years then was stationed in Korea for 12 months. Upon completing a tour in korea I went back to Ft. Campbell and left for Iraq. I was injured in an ambush on 27 Oct 2003. An Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) blast took my right leg at he hip. I spent 18 months at Walter Reed and was allowed to stay in the Army. I’m serving now as a competitive rifle shooter and marksmanship instructor. I have been in the Army twelve years and I plan to stay at least another eight years until I retire.  


Josh: We look forward to meeting you on the 26th of August.