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Disabled hunters hit the woods, harvest 10 deer

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By The Staff

Ten deer were harvested by 19 disabled hunters as Russell Smith and Mike Layard hosted the fifth annual Paul Faircloth Sr. Disabled Hunt Jan. 16-17. The hunt was held on family property, which was the original Amos Davis Plantation.

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The hunt is held in memory of Smith’s Uncle, Paul Faircloth Sr., a prominent Apopka nurseryman who was born in Gadsden County and had a big heart for others less fortunate than he.

Special guests at this year’s hunt were three of Faircloth’s siblings, Ralph and Marvin Faircloth of Apopka and Margie Gunn of Attapulgus, Ga.

A total of 22 disabled hunters were scheduled to attend; however, due to scheduled frigid temperatures, only 19 were able to make it. A total of 10 deer were harvested, including five bucks and five does. In addition, the hosts harvested six shirt tails.

“It’s truly a wonderful feeling to watch these disabled men enjoy the outdoors and hunting, despite their disabilities,” said Smith.

Smith and Layard, with the aid of contributions from various businesses and individuals, are able to plan and host this event each year.

“Everyone who helps with the hunt feels blessed by the opportunity to share in the project,” said Smith.