“You shot it, you caught it, let’s eat it” — that’s the tagline for the second annual Wild Game Feed, hosted by the Grace Point Northwest Church.
The idea for the night, said organizer Eric Anderson, is to get sportsmen together to connect with each other, tell stories, and generally have a good time with a community of like-minded folks.
This is particularly important to Anderson, who had two hunting friends of his die by suicide a few years back, prompting the start of this event.
“Yeah, they took their own lives. Went down the wrong road, you know?” Anderson said. “It’s kind of sad that everyone said, ‘Gosh, I didn’t know he was so low.’
While both men and women experience depression, men typically recognize the symptoms less, are more unwilling to discuss their symptoms when they do, and are more likely to die by suicide, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
“Men often avoid addressing their feelings and, in many cases, friends and family members are the first to recognize that their loved one is depressed,” the NIMH writes on their website — hence the need for men to have a group of friends to turn to and rely on.
Although the Wild Game Feed is trying to tackle a serious topic, the night itself aims to be lighthearted, with appetizers, dinner, games, prizes, and raffles — including a special gun raffle for an Aero-Liberty AR-15, NATO 556.
Money raised from the gun raffle will go toward Grace Point’s “James Gang” ministry, which goes to aiding folks in the community.
“Maybe there’s a widow or somebody elderly that their deck is falling apart, or they need something fixed at their house or built,” Anderson said. “We just go and do it.”
The Wild Game Feed is planned for Saturday, March 13 at the Enumclaw Field House at 6 p.m.
Dinner is already planned, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own appetizers from their successful hunts or fishing trips.
The event is free, but a $10 donation is encouraged.
Anderson also hopes to get together a slide show of sportsmen for the event — if you have photos of you or your family or friends out hunting or fishing, you can send them to email@example.com.