When Michigan Department of Natural Resources parks ranger Dana LaFlamme answered the phone at Holly State Recreation Area and took a reservation for one of the park’s cabins, she had no idea this reservation would be the beginning of a very happy experience for the two hunters reserving the cabin.
During the call, one of the hunters indicated he was disabled. After making the reservation and hanging up, park ranger Tony Schutz asked LaFlamme, “Did you tell them about the blind?”
“No, I forgot,” she said.
Schutz was referring to a brand new, accessible deer blind constructed just a few days prior to the opener by Eagle Scout candidate Jay Ammerman of troop 122 from Swartz Creek.
As it turned out, the blind made for the best deer hunting for long time friends and Wyandotte residents Dan Woodruff and Ed Aurther.
For Ammerman, 17 of Swartz Creek, the planning and building of the deer blind began as a project to finish requirements for his Eagle Scout badge. In the end, Ammerman was just as excited as the hunters and DNR personnel who had a part of the project.
“My dad and I had an idea for a project like this. He contacted Doug Reeves, assistant wildlife chief for the DNR with our idea,” said Ammerman.
“Dad told him (Reeves) about two friends of his who each lost a leg due to diabetes and that he thought it was a good idea to give hunters like this a chance to hunt.