Wyoming Gold Star/Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt-2015

Well once again I am amazed by the generosity and big hearts of people across this country. Thanks to so many people behind the scenes, such as Mike Schmid (Landowner), Dean Hedrick (Mountain West Regional Director-Patriot Hunts), Nate Baxter (Volunteer/committee member PH), The entire Hedrick family for their support, (Pat’s Meats in Casper), ¬†donors and the Jim Hedrick Memorial Fund that made this happen. We took 2 young hunters, Gold Star brothers, Devin & Brady from North Carolina, that lost their dad in this war on terrorism, Brian Dennis, injured veteran from Casper WY, and Nate Baxter that not only met and picked us up in Rapid City, but also mentored the boys by helping guide 1 of the brothers while I took the other one. We hunted and stayed on the beautiful Solitude Ranch near Devils Tower Wyoming owned by Mike Schmid. It is 8500 acres of prime deer and turkey habitat, we saw hundreds of both game throughout the hunt. The very first evening brought success for Brian and Devin, they both harvested a doe each. It was cold and windy, 19 degrees and 30-40 mile per hour winds didn’t help, but the game was still there. The next day younger brother Brady connected and a really nice doe also, I had an extra tag so I took Devin once again, it was snowing hard but game was everywhere, it was beautiful to say the least, after watching deer for about an hour I wanted to see just how good Devin could shoot. So I ranged a doe at 225 yards in blowing snow, so I got him on the shooting sticks and talked hi through it slowly, reminding him to breathe and squeeze, finally the right angle presented itself and he squeezed off the 7MM and bam, she hit the ground like a stone, done deal, great shooting Devin. That was number 4 down, well Brian had headed back out with Mike as the guide and he connected also on another deer, so (5) down hanging on the rack, thats success! Even with the harvest being a big success, to me the bigger story was sharing a blind with these kids that had lost their father, knowing full well it should have been their dad Keith in the blind teaching these boys hunting techniques, but sadly it wasn’t to be, so we have the task and privilege to fill in as best as we can. So that’s exactly what we did, and it was all inspiring let me say, I can’t explain what that feels like to be there in that moment in time with these kids and Brian, knowing what our role is, providing outdoor adventures to very deserving families that may have not had this opportunity if not for Patriot Hunts. We are truly the better for having been a part of this trip, I know I am. It is life changing knowing you are touching lives in a way you hadn’t counted on. Great trip, great people, thank you all that played a hand in this awesome trip..


 


Patriot Hunts is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for our Wounded Warriors, and Gold Star children of fallen heroes. With all of us sportsman and Patriots working together, we truly can make a difference in the life of a soldier who has chosen to lay his life at the altar of freedom on our behalf. These men and women have not only paid a physical and mental price, some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. The cost of freedom is not measured in dollars, and it is paid for by patriots in our armed forces, by their courage, their commitment, and their willingness to stand in harms way for this country.

Stepping up and either volunteering or through your generous donations we can give back to the children of our fallen brothers, and help give them the guidance that their parent they have lost would have loved to be here to do. So it is with great pride and honor that we even have this opportunity and accept this challenge to reach out a helping hand.

The thought of a single Gold Star child being forgotten, and never having the opportunity to witness a sunrise from a duck blind, or hear a turkey gobble after flying down from the roost, or see a flock of geese fly over a deer stand while hunting, is just heartbreaking, so help us to make that dream come true for these deserving kids that have been devastated by lose, by donating.

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By supporting this effort, your giving so many deserving kids an opportunity to experience things through hunting & fishing they may have never been given the chance to.

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