Montana Wounded Warriors brought five veterans to the Dillon area to hunt deer and elk. Over the last five years, this has been one of our most enjoyable trips we have been able to provide our wounded vets. We usually stay at the River Front house, but as that was not available, Todd and Lisa Tash offered their home to us and went and stayed with other family members for the weekend. We cannot thank Todd and Lisa enough for their hospitality and generosity. When they say my house is your house, they really mean it.
David and Shelly Schuett once again opened their land for our warriors to hunt on. Their son Blade was our guide, and did an awesome job getting our veterans into the elk. Most of our vets on this trip had never shot an elk before, but by the time the trip was over they could all say they were successful elk hunters. Late Friday afternoon, the first day of the hunt, Nathan Pross of Columbia Falls started the weekend by taking his first bull elk. I think he\’s still smiling!! The next morning Preston Ripplinger was able to follow suit and take his first elk, which was another bull. That afternoon Reo Phillips of Trout Creek, a veteran who served in Panama as well as Iraq, was the next to fill his freezer with a beautiful cow elk. Saturday evening we went into Dillon and had a wonderful dinner at the Blacktail Station and talked about how successful the had been thus far. While the rest of the town celebrated Halloween, our vets went back to the Tash house and shared stories about their experiences in combat and bonds were formed.
Sunday morning started slow, but Bronson White was able to harvest a nice cow elk of his own with a great shot of over 400 yards. After lunch we went back out and Bronson was able to connect on a white tail doe while Preston and Jared harvested mule deer bucks. The trip came to a successful finale when late Sunday afternoon Jared Perkins shot a nice bull, his first elk ever.
Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank the Schuett and Tash families for their continued generosity in supporting our organization. We would also like to thank Paul Lemay of L&S Meat processing in Dell, MT for donating his services in processing Preston\’s elk. We needed to have it cut up in a short time frame, and not only did they get it done, but they also processed it at no charge to our organization. Thanks again Paul!