This year we were blessed by the N Bar Ranch with 5 cow elk hunts that were raffled off, which in turn raised funds for Montana Wounded Warriors. The winners were Clay Buck Miller, Jim Watson, Ron Trowbridge, Travis Grove, and Tyler Hiltner. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the Wilks family and their generosity. Not only were we able to send 9 wounded veterans to their ranch this year to harvest cow elk, the money raised from the raffles will continue to send more wounded Montana veterans on future hunts throughout the state. We have been truly blessed. Thanks again to everyone at the N Bar!!
Montana Wildlife Taxidermy shop owners, Paul And Kim Albertoni, have been helping wounded vets by donating their labor to mount deer, elk and bear that have been harvested on our hunts. Paul and Kim have been willing to charge Montana Wounded Warriors for just the materials of the beautiful mounts they create. They see this as their way of giving back to the men and women who serve our country. Pictured are Paul and Kim on either side of Nathan Pross when he picked up his elk mount at their shop. We would like to thank the Albertonis for their continued generosity to our wounded veterans.
Montana Wounded Warriors had the privilege to be contacted and given permission to bring any of our Wounded Warriors that had drawn a special draw archery 410 elk tag to hunt on their land. We went and met the awesome landowners and they took us around and scouted out several bull elk for us. It was a great day meeting the ranch owners but now we had to get busy setting up a blind and get the Wounded Warriors who had tags for this area. It didn’t take long to find two Wounded Warriors, Mike Bossen and Chad Kiernan, who had the tags and the excitement to accept this opportunity. We had the plan and gear set up and the Warriors were geared to go and then perfect conditions turned into weeks of rain. We decided to tough it out and we sat in the blind for hours and watched over a dozen nice bull elk just stay a half mile away from us and the water hole. After a day of not getting the elk to come in, we went on a stalk. Chad and Mike went around the back side of the hill where the elk were and before they could even get to the elk, they spotted another bull bedded down within range of them. They moved in on the bull and Chad was setting up to shot when the bull stood up to take off and Chad released his arrow to hit the bull. We tracked the bull for miles with very little blood and never did find him in the huge amount of country. The Warriors were crushed but we wanted to head back to the blind to set up for an evening hunt. As we returned to the blind, we noticed that our decoy and blind had been racked with mud and elk tracks. So while we were out stalking, the elk had made their way into the water hole and vandalized our blind and decoy. It was a tough hunt, and we were just not in the right place at the right time, but boy did we have fun. We had a great group of Warriors and we sure were grateful for the landowner’s permission to hunt and for Dan and Marcie Ahlgen for allowing us to stay in their guest house for this trip. We did not get an elk, but the Warriors had a great time and we met some proud supporters of our soldiers.
Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank Art and Vicky Garrison for donating a German Wire-haired Pointer to Chuck Hayter, a wounded veteran from the war in Afghanistan. Chuck and his family live in the Billings area. The dog will be a great addition to their family, and has the potential of being a great hunting companion. Thanks again to the Garrisons for supporting our wounded vets.
Sergeant Chris Ryan was looking to raise funds to take a four man team to the Czech Republic to participate in a Spartan race. He decided that while he was raising the funds through a raffle he would take a portion of the money and donate it to Montana Wounded Warriors. The raffle was a great success and Sergeant Ryan presented checks totaling $2075.00 to board member Neil Baumann just before the New Year. Thank you to Chris and all the people who supported his raffle. Good Luck in the Spartan Race.
Montana Wounded Warriors has recently updated our website to give supporters the ability to donate through Pay Pal. Go to “Contact Us” tab, and press the donate button – easy as that! Thank you for helping us provide high quality recreational opportunities for our wounded veterans.
Many concerned parties have contacted us regarding a shooting accident in Dillon. Montana Wounded Warriors was mistakenly identified as being involved, however no one from Montana Wounded Warriors was involved.
The Associated Press also issued a “correction” to their story, as follows:
Correction: Wounded Warrior-Hunting Accident story
^Eds: Editors who used BC-MT–Wounded Warrior-Hunting Accident, sent Dec. 9 and datelined in Dillon, Mont., are asked to use the following story.
DILLON, Mont. (AP) _ In a story Dec. 9 about a hunting accident, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office, reported erroneously that the accident occurred during a Montana Wounded Warriors program. The hunt was not organized by the program.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Man injured during duck hunt
Missoula man injured during duck hunt near Dillon
DILLON, Mont. (AP) _ Officials in Beaverhead County say a man on a duck hunt over the weekend was injured when he was hit below the eye with bird shot.
Sheriff Jay Hansen says Jason Baker of Missoula shot a duck Saturday afternoon near Dillon. While retrieving the duck, another hunter from the same party shot at a low-flying group of ducks and bird shot hit Baker just below the eye.
Baker was treated in the emergency room at Barrett Hospital in Dillon and then taken to Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
The Rotary Club of Columbia Falls had its annual Rotary rifle raffle. This fundraiser helps the club support local organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, the Columbia Falls Food Bank and Montana Wounded Warriors.
This year another service organization from the valley won and decided to take cash to help with one of their projects instead of claiming the rifle. The Rotary Club of Columbia Falls decided that instead of raffling the gun again they would make a local Wounded Warrior’s Christmas very special.
Broc O’Hara was the lucky wounded Montana veteran to recieve the Montana Rifle Company 30.06 with a Vortex scope donated by Sportsman and Ski House.
The Rotary Club of Columbia Falls also made a $ 2,500 donation to Montana Wounded Warriors with the proceeds from the raffle. Montana Wounded Warriors is based in the Flathead Valley and takes wounded Montana veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan on all expense paid hunting and fishing trips here in Montana.
Pictures: Top – Justin Breck, President of Rotary Club with Roger Elliot Sec-Tres of club presenting Jesse Mann President of Montana Wounded Warriors with $2,500 check. Below: Neil Baumann,Vice President of the Rotary Club of Columbia Falls, presenting Broc O’Hara with rifle.