The N Bar Ranch, located in Grass Range, MT and owned by the Wilkes Brothers, invited us back this year in full force. Our first hunt involved Patrick Cling, Grant Erickson and Mike Riggleman. What a great hunt! Both Patrick and Mike were able to harvest two cow elk and Grant took one down. The weather was unusually warm so rather than the usual way of doing things, Mike Sedgwick, the ranch manager and guide extraordinaire, skinned and quartered the elk right there. A meat processors dream! Thanks so much for the great hospitality, friendship and professionalism from Mike and Mary Beth Sedgwick, Dale Click, and the whole Wilkes Family. What a way to spend Veterans Day. We had a blast, and the wonderful meat harvested will feed our families well. Much appreciated!
The second segment of our hunt at the N Bar had Montana Wounded Warriors Luke Thomasson, Kevin Chasson and Travis Norby chasing the elk. On the first evening Luke and Kevin got into the elk and Kevin was fortunate enough to harvest the first elk of the trip. When everyone met back at camp that evening for dinner our vets got a taste of N Bar hospitality. Ranch manager Mike Sedgwick’s wife, Mary Beth, came over to the lodge and set up a wonderful dinner for all of us. It was great for our veterans to have the opportunity to relax and get to know the Sedgwicks after a long day of travel and a successful first night’s hunt.
The next morning had our hunters into the elk early. Both Luke and Travis were able to shoot an elk during the morning hunt. Mike showed off his skills as a meat cutter able to quarter up an elk and have it ready to hang in the cooler in less than ten minutes. We met Travis and his guides at the cooler and then headed back for lunch.
That evening both Kevin and Luke were able to take their second cow elk as the second day of hunting came to a successful close. Another night of great food and conversation provided by our great hosts, including plans for the next day’s hunt and the hope that Travis would get a second cow. Travis didn’t disappoint us as early the next morning we got the call that he had filled his second tag.
We cannot thank the Wilkes’ and their awesome staff enough for the wonderful opportunity they provide for our wounded veterans. The accommodations and food were outstanding, the knowledgeable and talented staff show our vets great respect and do a fantastic job of providing them with a top notch experience.
The owners and staff of the N-Bar Ranch welcomed us a third time with hunters Chuck Cloud, Chris Grudzinski, Clint Mainwaring and member Bob Lilienthal to their property. As in the past, the hunting was excellent and the lodging, meals and hospitality were second to none.
All three of the wounded warriors were able to harvest elk, with some of them getting their first elk ever, an incredible experience. While the elk were pretty elusive, and hunting involved numerous miles on the trail, the excellent guiding skills of Ranch Managers Mike Sedgewick and guides Dale and Shawn ensured hard work paid off.
The Montana Wounded Warriors would sincerely like to thank Mike Sedgewick and his wife Mary Beth for another wonderful hunt, truly appreciating their kindness, professionalism and hospitality. Also, none of this would be possible without the generosity of the Wilkes Brothers in allowing us to hunt their ranch.