I had the privilege of attending this year’s Robert Veal Memorial Youth Coon Hunt in Deepstep on Jan. 25. This annual coon hunt is held in remembrance of Robert Veal, a local man known for his superb trapping skills.
“Church, family and the outdoors is how he lived his life—in that order,” said Rusty Rhodes, of Sandersville, who organizes the annual event.
Rusty started this hunt six years ago, and it’s been a tradition that the event includes a supper, and they invite a Christian speaker to share a devotion before going coon hunting. This year’s event fed 220 people, and 90 kids got to go coon hunting.
The event also includes an auction. Money raised provides some Washington County youth with $500 college scholarships. With $3,500 raised this year, seven high-school seniors will receive money. To be in the running for the money, teens must have a B average, hunt, fish and write an essay.