Over the summer we were contacted by Alan Peterson about hunting at the AG Ranch, located east of Big Sandy. He told us there were lots of mule deer and that after our vets had filled their deer tags, they could hunt pheasants, waterfowl, coyotes and prairie dogs. It sounded like a good opportunity to get a couple of wounded vets out into some new country. So we made plans to head over to the AG Ranch just before Thanksgiving.
When we arrived, we could see immediately that the wildlife was plentiful. We were also extremely impressed with the beauty of this piece of ground along the Missouri River. The first night we were guided by Phillip Russell who took us up along Birch Creek to get the lay of the land. The two veterans we brought, Mackay Mathiason and Brandon Olsen, both from Billings, saw lots of deer, but realized they were in a special place and if they were patient, they would be rewarded with a trophy mule deer. So the first night, no shots were fired.
The next day, Alan Peterson’s friend, Lloyd Parson, gave us an even more extensive tour of the ranch where we not only saw many deer, including one our hunters wished they had gotten a shot at, but multiple herds of Missouri Breaks bighorn sheep, which was really exciting for our vets. The day ended with no deer harvested, but with high hopes for Saturday.
Early Saturday morning, Mackay shot a beautiful deer just as the sun was coming up. Then later in the day, Brandon saw the deer from the day before and was able to kill the biggest mule deer any vet has ever taken on one of our trips. This was an awesome trip for our wounded warriors, and we can’t thank Alan Peterson enough for the opportunity to hunt the AG Ranch. Alan, a veteran himself, said he was looking for a way to give back to our younger veterans, and he was very successful in the eyes of these two soldiers and Montana Wounded Warriors. Thanks to Lloyd Parsons for providing us with his camper so we had a roof over our head for the weekend, and for his extensive knowledge of the ranch and where to find the deer. Thanks also to Phillip and Laura Russell for their help and hospitality while we were at the ranch. They not only helped the guys hang their deer, but provided some beer to help with the story telling that goes along with the hunt. They also cooked our vets a nice steak dinner. We would also like to thank Bruce and Pete Vasboda for loaning us their side by side to help the guys get around the ranch and haul out their deer. It was a great trip all around, and we look forward to returning to that part of the Missouri Breaks in the future.