Our Spring Turkey Hunt of 2009 kicked off April 24th with the Friday night banquet. Roger & his crew had another great meal. After dinner we got to meet all the hunters and guides. There were 18 hunters this time around and they were:
Mitchell Tuttle-Vinton,IA—-Ryan Assmann-Alta,IA
Graham Brown-Newell,IA—-Britney Winter-Aplington,IA
Cole Madson-LaVista,NE—-Megan Hoy-Spencer,IA
Bo Mitchell-Arion,IA—-Ty Rassier-Sauk Rapids,MN
Sam Foss-Springfield,MN—-Justin Nelson-Spencer,IA
Braxton Wiebusch-St. Cloud,MN—-Hunter Horst-Ruthven,IA
Joshua Goulet-Sartell,MN**—-Bryce Wiley-Laurens,IA
Dillon Dostal-Toledo,IA—-Jordon Shelledy-Ankeny,IA**
Caleb Stallings-Ringgold,GA**–Dalton Medhaug-Waterloo, IA
The new hunters are outfitted in camouflage gear; each also receives a handmade quilt by Darlene Wise and a hunter’s bible from the SYC group. Mitchell was presented with his mounted deer from last fall’s hunt and Sam got some new key chains, I am not sure if they were FORD or CHEVY. What was that Sam???? Caleb gets the prize for traveling the farthest this time.
We lost a dear friend and fellow guide this spring, Gary Christiansen was honored and his memory will live with us all forever. Gary loved to hunt, trap, fish and he enjoyed being a guide with SYC.
Howie Lake from Baton Rouge, LA, our weekend speaker, kicked off the weekend after all the introductions were done. Howie is a great speaker and we enjoy having him here. It was his second trip up to speak to our group. After Howie’s talk it was time to head back to camp to get ready for the next morning’s hunt.
Outreach Outdoors was here again for this hunt with their cameras rolling. Thanks Matt, Troy and Mackenzie. Matt actually got to have dinner with us Friday night for a change. We are so honored you take time out of your busy schedules to be with us on our hunts.
Saturday, Ty Rassier and Mitchell Tuttle had a great day out; they both brought back a turkey. It is so much fun to hear the stories of the hunters, the excitement of it all, successful or not. They have a good time even when the weather does not cooperate. The kids get to meet new friends or get to catch up with old friends once again. The fellowship is truly amazing all weekend.
Saturday after lunch was devotion time, Howie had devotions with the guys and his wife Karen had devotions with the gals. What a great afternoon it was. Saturday evening after dinner is campfire fun, it was a little chilly so the campfire was nice.
Sunday morning Britney brought back a bird, way to go girls! Howie had a service after lunch and then lots of pictures. Everyone gets ready to head back home after the long weekend. It was a wonderful weekend and the weather was not too bad most of the time.
A Special Thanks goes out to the many guides, transport people, landowners, the many volunteers, donors, sponsors, Dewey Hill for all the photos, the many families that open up your homes for the hunters to stay, and to the board members for the months of planning you do to implement a hunt like this. The hunters and their families sent out a special THANKS to all of you.
Summer Fundraiser- August 15-16th
Fall Deer Hunt: September 25-27th