This was our third year that Montana Wounded Warriors traveled to Twin Bridges and hunted the Trails End Ranch from November 19-21, 2015. We all met up Thursday afternoon at Sanborn’s Fish Kreek Ranch Pheasant Preserve. Hunters Alex Betz, Justin Morin and Deondrai Ramsey, all of Helena, and Richard Schellenger and Matt Grandpre, both of Billings, were introduced to Montana Wounded Warriors helpers and veterans Mark Boardman and Chad Tucker and preserve owner Bob Sanborn and his helper Joe Buffa (a retired Army NCO, who was a United States Marksmanship Unit shotgun shooter that won an Olympic Bronze Medal).
The group from left to right: Bob Sanborn, Joe Buffa and his dog, Matt Grandpre, Richard Schellenger, Mark Boardman and his dog Barli, Alex Betz, Chad Tucker, Justin Morin, and Deondrai Ramsey.
Justin and Deondrai with a Pheasant.
Barli with the end of the day kill.
After hunting Pheasants we drove down to just south of Twin Bridges to the Big Hole C4 Lodge for some quality chat, camaraderie, and plenty of tall tales. The next morning we meet up with Kyle Nye and Casey Cox on the Trails End Ranch to shoot some rounds and confirm our zero. We then headed to the river bottoms to thin out the whitetail population some. Over the next two days they harvested 3 nice whitetail bucks and 21 does. This Ranch is absolutely beautiful and managed in a stewardship manner to produce excellent wildlife opportunities. We’re very grateful for Mr. Kennedy to allow us access, resources and provide this wonderful healing atmosphere.
Hanging out with Kyle and Casey was a great time as always, and they both did an awesome job of helping our warriors out around the ranch. We had a wonderful time and would like to thank the owners of the Trails End Ranch and their staff for the opportunity to hunt their property. We would also like to thank Dave and Cindy Ashcraft and their two daughters of the Big Hole C4 Lodge for providing excellent accommodations and cooking two great home cooked ranch style dinners! Saturday night we met up with Neil Baumann and David Sheldon, also Montana Wounded Warriors board members, who brought with them two hunters from their Dillon trip, for a large gathering and meal at the Big Hole C4 Lodge.
The hunt was completed Saturday night with a total of 3 bucks and 21 does for a total of 24 deer in about 9 hours of hunting. That’s like one deer being killed every 22 minutes! The Trails End Ranch is a high quality ranch offering once in a lifetime opportunities. Thanks to Mr. Kennedy and his Staff!