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Injured Military Wildlife Project

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Two guys are hunting mule deer on premium land in North Dakota, out of season.

Don't worry--they're not poachers...

In fact, once you learn the one man's story, you'll be glad he gets first shot at it.

It's open day for a special kind of season, and with several deer already in sight, these two hunters get to be picky.

It's up to Seth Nieman as to when to pull the trigger.

Seth is originally from the small town of Calvin, North Dakota.

He played football at West Point, and served in the Army.

He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where just last fall he was injured by an IED.

"My team was in Afghanistan from September of last year until this year, I was injured in November 2012." says Nieman.

He is currently an out-patient at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.

Seth has had some 20 surgeries and has lost part of his leg.

He was actually in surgery when Ben Murphy showed up for a visit.

"I just hope he has a good time, it's funny how much we have in common, former college football players, both in the military, both enjoy hunting, I just hope he comes back and sees this as a good time and a reason to come back to North Dakota." says Ben Murphy, Injured Military Wildlife Project, Board Member.

Murphy is on the board of directors for the Injured Military Wildlife project and is originally from Killdeer.

Although he is working at an Ohio Air Force base, he took a week of absence to serve as a guide to Seth back home.

"Because I'm a local guy, I grew up here and they're willing to help us out, let us go on their property and hunt places that most hunters don't get to hunt, especially not this time of year, we should be able to increase our chances by being the only people out there." says Murphy.

"We're hoping that they're not only able to get a deer, but a trophy buck that would represent North Dakota." says Gene Harris, Landowner.

Thousands of acres of premium, Badlands hunting grounds granted-- just for Seth.

"I was really hoping I'd get to meet Seth, it's just awesome, honor really to meet Seth who has given so much to our country, independence, freedom." says Harris.

"I just consider it an awesome opportunity, I'm really grateful to all the people involved whether it be all the people on the board, the landowners that donate, it means a lot to me, probably more than I'll ever be able to articulate to them..." says Nieman.

He's only been walking again for around three weeks, but this trip to North Dakota might be a boost as he gets back up on his feet.

"As long as he stays in the military and stays away, a reason to come home, and if you can hunt and end up getting something worth hanging on a wall, than a piece of North Dakota gets to come with you at every duty station." says Murphy.

"Obviously I'd love to hang a big buck on my wall from this trip, but at the end of the day it's going to be about community that selflessly wanted to give something back." says Nieman.

The Injured Military Wildlife Project needs four more people who qualify.

That's the buck Seth got--around 30 minutes after Amber Schatz left them.

Their season goes until January and they do have a license to hunt from a vehicle for injured veterans with mobility problems.

So if you'd like more information on volunteering land or nominating someone, you can check out www.injuredmilitarywildlife.com.

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