Saturday, November 05, 2005

COM: Ryan Crunk back in action

An update on our boy Ryan Crunk . . .

Wounded troops get to hunt big game
By Gerard MacCrossan, The Daily Times, Published November 05, 2005

It’s been about five years since Kerrville native Ryan Crunk went hunting in Kerr County.

College, military service and an eight-month stint recovering from injuries sustained in a grenade blast in Mosul, Iraq, on Jan. 31 have intervened.

That grenade blast ultimately led to Crunk losing his right leg in a March surgery, an amputation that knocked him down but not out. Since May, he has been through five prosthetics, his mother Becky said, as his mobility increases to the point where he now can walk almost normally.

In October, Crunk and his Brooke Army Medical Center roommate, Robert Roeder, were selected as the first two of 12 military members to be taken hunting through a special program. The Show the Military Support Hunts program was the idea of Midland man Terry Johnson, who owns an oil industry service company.

Johnson said taking military personnel on a hunt was a natural way, for some one who has hunted 31 years, of showing appreciation. He made two spots available at his own cost last year, but this year the program has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to exposure through the Texas Trophy Hunters Association television show, which filmed the 2004 hunt.

“I got calls wanting to make it bigger and better,” Johnson said. One call came from West Kerr County resident Paul Bushong, whose managed ranch was made available for a hunt in October by Johnson, Crunk and Roeder. They spent three days and two nights, at the ranch and each shot big white-tailed bucks.

You can read the rest of the story here. Archived.

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