Montana Wounded Warriors finished up our big game season with a trip down to the Trails End Ranch in Twin Bridges November 22-24. Josh Peppers of Lame Deer, Billy Beck of Whitefish and Anthony Embesi of Connor headed down to help the ranch thin out the whitetail population before they brought in 1,000 calves for the winter. New board member Mark Boardman coordinated the logistics of the trip for our three wounded veterans. Trails End Ranch employees Kyle Nye and Casey made sure that our hunters got lots of trigger time and came home with lots of meat for themselves and other wounded veterans.
The vets were allowed to use their A tags for any 4 point on the ranch and then they were each allowed to get up to 5 B tags in that area for antlerless deer. The hunting was hot right from the start and the guys were able to harvest 14 deer by the end of the weekend. Kyle and Casey did an awesome job of helping our warriors get their deer tagged and loaded and then skinned out at the ranch’s skinning shack which most commercial cutters would like to have. The ranch’s “shack” was immaculately clean and had an automated lift, hot and cold running water, pretty nice. We had a wonderful time and would like to thank the owners of the Trails End Ranch and their staff for the opportunity to hunt their property and would love to hunt it again in the future if offered.
We would also like to thank Don Frey of Frey’s Meats and Custom Cutting in Columbia Falls. We brought back quite a few of the deer shot during the weekend back to the Flathead Valley. Don, himself a veteran, did a great job of processing all of the meat and when he found out that the meat was going to help wounded veterans in the area did it all for half price, thanks Don.