There aren’t many states where Democratic and Republican legislators pick up shotguns and shoot doves together, but Louisiana is one. This year marked the 40th anniversary of Democratic State Senator Francis Thompson’s Annual Legislative Dove Hunt. The event annually draws politicians from both parties as well as anyone who wants to buy a ticket. The hunt was dedicated to six special guests—veterans from the Wounded Warriors Project.
In a refreshing change from the $10,000-per-plate fundraisers many politicians hold, Thompson charged just $200 per ticket to attend a reception and the hunt. Despite being a political fundraiser, the event had a decidedly non-partisan tone. “Not one word has been mentioned about party [affiliation] or not wanting to work together,” Thompson said in a KNOE news story.
This year’s hunt was held on opening day of dove season Saturday, at the 4-B Ranch in Tallulah, La. First-time dove hunter Deanna Droddy was one of the Wounded Warrior participants. She said that getting together with fellow veterans has been helping her to heal. “It is a chance to unwind and de-stress, and to be able to understand how and why we feel the way we do,” she said.
Photo courtesy of Senator Francis Thompson via Facebook