Paige Jennings has been hunting ever since she was old enough to get a license, regularly stalking deer, turkey, waterfowl and more with her family in rural northwest Pulaski County.
Now an operations assistant with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Food and Beverage division, it was Jennings who first proposed holding an early-morning breakfast when officials were looking for ways to better serve hunters in the area. The idea resulted in this year’s “Hunting for Biscuits” series at the Outdoor Adventure Center, which is scheduled for Nov. 14. From 6 to 10 a.m. hunters can enjoy a breakfast of biscuits, gravy, bacon, eggs and coffee for $6 per person at the center.
For Jennings, the breakfasts follow a beloved family tradition she hoped to share with others.
“I feel like (FMWR) took my idea and ran with it,” Jennings said, adding that she’s excited to see the program up and running.
“Ever since I can remember, my family and I would go to our local cafe and have breakfast before we would go out to hunt,” she said. “I thought it would be a great idea to bring that to our local hunters here on Fort Leonard Wood.”
Saturday’s event will be the third of four breakfasts offered at the OAC. The first two events were held Oct. 17 and Saturday. The final event is scheduled for Nov. 28.
Hunters can choose to eat breakfast at the OAC or get it to go, shop for any last-minute equipment or apparel they need, as well as purchase any needed licenses and tags. OAC personnel can also help new hunters register with the installation’s iSportsman system.
FMWR Food and Beverage Manager Chloe Williams credited Jennings for her work on “Hunting for Biscuits,” describing her as an “up-and-coming programmer” for FMWR.
“(Paige) has family members who hunt,” she said. “She thought it would be nice to offer something to those (participating in) hunting in the cantonment area.”
“Hunting for Biscuits” is only available to Department-of-Defense ID-card holders who have access to Fort Leonard Wood. During the event, social distancing and other safety measures in place due to COVID-19 will be enforced. For more information, visit https://leonardwood.armymwr.com.