Operation Open Season was started in Northwest Arkansas in support of local high schools who are continuing to develop the next generation of builders and skilled laborers. We continue to support the Black Hills High School Build-A-Thon which is a contest to design the best handicap accessible hunting blind. These blinds then needed a home, so builders from around the state were asked to help identify property owners who would be willing to open their land and host free hunts for our local wounded veterans. In return the landowners would receive a free hunting blind for their support! Operation Open Season is proud to announce that we have currently opened 22,000 acres for our hunts. We have properties open in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and soon in Louisiana! This program is supported by leaders in the building and development industry. The following men and women are serving this program on a volunteer basis. I hope you will take the time to read about these very special leaders from our area.
All team members serving Operation Open Season are volunteers. 100% of all donations go to support our veteran and youth hunts!
Riggins Custom Homes
The Riggins team is a big supporter of Operation Open Season. We appreciate their willingness to serve on the advisory board and help open new hunting opportunities for our nation’s wounded veterans and children with special needs.
Advisory Board Members: Kevin Riggins, Grainger Riggins, Dakota Riggins
Riverwood Homes is a premier builder in Arkansas and are dedicated to supporting our local veterans and children. They have a passion for the outdoors and we look forward to their leadership as we host hunts across the nation.
Advisory Board Member: Charlee Sloan – Rogers
Buffington Homes was one of the first to sign up for the advisory board and help network to find additional properties for our veterans. They are an exciting team and we are privileged to have their support and leadership.
Advisory Board Member: Jason Cook
Booth Building & Design
Booth Building & Design is excited about networking and helping guide hunts as well. They were one of the first supporters of the program and have opened their own properties to host hunts for our wounded veterans. We look forward to their leadership and advice to grow Operation Open Season.
Advisory Board Member: Ben Booth
Oelke Construction Company
Oelke Construction has been a great supporter of our community and is a leader in both commercial developments and construction. We are excited to work with their team to find additional hunting and fishing opportunities around Northwest Arkansas.
Advisory Board Member: Patrick Carroll
Board Member: Ian Hewitt
Ian is a Senior National Account Manager with Harvest Group, a growth agency focusing on building clients’ businesses at Walmart and Sam’s Club. Ian also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at John Brown University, teaching undergraduate and graduate business classes focusing on Marketing, Leadership, Ethics, and Team Building. Additionally, Ian is a CrossFit coach at CrossFit NWA South, in Springdale, AR. Ian served 13 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard as Field Artillery Non-Commissioned Officer. During that time, Ian was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ian has been an avid hunter and fisherman since he was a child and is enjoying the process of passing the love for the outdoors on to his children.
Board Member: Damon Hill
Growing up in a small town afforded Damon the luxury of participating in many different activities while growing up. He developed a love for the outdoors at a very young age while hunting with his father and grandfather. He loves to spend his falls in the woods of southwest Arkansas hunting for whitetail deer. Damon attended the University of Arkansas and earned his Masters of Science in CSCE from the U of A in 2000. Damon joined on as a partner for National Crime Search where he works now as Vice President. Damon and his wife Lisa are active members at Cross Church Fayetteville and Damon is also a board member for a non-profit named 2ndMilk. They two have 3 children, Taylor Grace, Rylee Katherine, and Corbin James. Damon and Lisa enjoy all Razorback activities, being outside with their children, and watching their children participate in numerous after school activities.
The Black Hills Energy team have several volunteers who help to make Operation Open Season possible. The following volunteers are responsible for the day to day operations for the program.