The Flathead Valley Clay Target Club held its 4th annual fundraiser to benefit Montana Wounded Warriors June 6-8.

A good number of shooters attended the trap shooting venue at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club, Friday evening, June 6th and Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th.

This year, 9 of our wounded warriors from around Montana were able to shoot at the benefit fund raiser at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club: Billy Beck, Jeremy Sands, Kyle Lockwood, Rob Wickham, Jarred Fluery, Dustin Anderson, Charles Gatlin, Aaron Evenson and Anthony Embesi. Some of the attendees had never shot trap, so Neil Baumann provided guns and some of the members provided instructions. Neil also provided great elk burgers and brats Friday evening at the instructional event. Thanks to Neil and Kristy for all the effort put into the event, it was truly appreciated by all.

Not only did our wounded vets get all the trigger time they could handle but we also included an afternoon fishing trip on Flathead Lake to give them a little break from the shotguns.

Saturday afternoon, Mike Howe of A Able fishing charters guided Aaron Evenson of Great Falls and Kyle Lockwood of Kalispell for a lake trout trip on Flathead Lake.  It was a beautiful calm day on the lake, and both Aaron and Kyle were able to land a nice lake trout in the 3-1/2 to 4 lb. range. It was their first trip on the lake and each said it was the largest trout they had ever caught. Good job anglers and thanks Mike for putting them on the fish.

The board of Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank the club and the business that were so generous to our vets. Thanks to Jessica Godderz of Cabela’s for all the help with the shotgun ammo, thanks to our 2 fishing charters Mike from A Able Fishing and Tours and Flathead Lake Charters for showing our wounded warriors a great afternoon on the lake. ?A big thank you to the owners and staff at Spencer & Co steak house for a fabulous meal Saturday night.

A special thank you goes out to the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club for not only making our wounded warriors feel welcome and appreciated at the club, but for their amazing generosity as for the 4th year in a row they have blessed Montana Wounded Warriors with a large donation (this year over $2,700) from their fundraiser to help us continue to provide high quality hunting and fishing trips to Montana residents who were wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thank you all.


Left to right Norm Nicholson, President of the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club, with Jesse Mann, President of MT Wounded Warriors, and wounded veterans Anthony Embesi, Dustin Anderson, Aaron Evenson and MT Wounded Warriors board member Neil Baumann.


CR Leisser,  winner of spring gun raffle held at FVCTC receiving rifle from Jesse and Neil.

The 2014 Wounded Warrior hunting season got off to a rousing start as two hunters, Josh Peppers of Lame Deer, and McKay Mathiason of Billings arrived at Spotted Bear to hunt from May 26th thru May 31st, the end of bear season.

They were welcomed by Lisa Lee, who has the Diamond R Lodge and guest ranch, as well as guide Dylan Curry.

Hunting began early in the morning with a hearty breakfast and lasted till late in the evening as the bears were pursued. Josh and McKay, guided by Dylan, hunted very hard each day and covered many miles on foot looking for a suitable bear. Neither one of the hunters had gone after bear previously, and had not been to the Flathead/Spotted Bear area before, and were quite impressed with the area.

Josh was able to take a very nice bear after hiking into a remote drainage that guide Dylan was familiar with. The bear measured 6’7″, quite impressive, and was in great shape. This was Josh’s first bear, and he was thrilled.

McKay also had an opportunity at a good bear, but the elusive critter got away before he was able to harvest it.

Josh and McKay hunted long hours and worked very hard, so it was nice to see their endeavors rewarded. Dylan was very knowledgeable and professional, and did a great job of putting the hunters in contact with bears.

Also, Bill Paullin, an assistant of the Diamond R Lodge and an experienced pilot, flew Josh and McKay over the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness, as well as the Chinese Wall on a truly spectacular flight. Josh and McKay also shot clay targets with guns, ammo and targets provided by Bill and Lisa Lee, a first for Josh Peppers.

All in all, a very successful and enjoyable hunt. The lodging, meals and accommodations were first rate, and the hospitality provided by Lisa Lee and and her crew at the Diamond R were second to none. Josh and McKay commented that the meals were so good and plentiful that if they stayed much longer they would need to go on a diet.

Great hunt, great time.



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Rotary Club of Columbia Falls donates rifle, funds

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