This year the traditional elk and deer hunt in Lavina had a different twist. The unseasonably warm weather had not pushed the elk out of the Smoky Range, making elk hunting for our wounded warriors extremely tough. We hunted for days with only one deer down. During the last day of the hunt one of the ranchers involved with the annual Lavina hunt had lined up a buffalo hunt to ensure that our wounded warriors were going home with hundreds of pounds of meat for their freezer. We drove 45 minutes to Dave and Steve’s Buffalo Ranch. They welcomed the MTWW with open arms and showed wonderful hospitality. They brought us into their home, showed us their ranch, and took us out on the hunt. After we spotted the bull, Broc O’Hara (Wounded Warrior) made a great shot. The Bull weighed about 2,000 pounds. This year’s hunt ended on a wonderful note, but more than the meat in the freezer, the bond that took place between three wounded warriors was wonderful. The friendship was built on a common ground from each describing their deployments and enjoying stories around the camp fire and toasting to PFC Ballard’s memory. The Ballard’s lost one son but truly gained three more during this hunt.