Our hunts together are numbered.

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  1. The100road

    The100road Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer June of last year at age 58. He is already past his expectancy. He lives for hunting and it has always been his passion.

    We weren’t sure if he was going to make it to another hunting season so I searched the internet for possibilities. I found a non-profit called trinity oaks in Texas who donate hunts to those who are terminally ill.

    I applied for a hunt for my dad and got an email about a week later asking me to call them for more details about my dad and his wishes.

    They found a ranch about 1 1/2 hours east of Austin that was willing to donate an Axis deer to my dad if he was up for the travel.

    In June, me and my mom and dad flew to Texas for a 3 day hunt. We had an amazing time but my dad missed the target axis on our final day and we went home empty handed.

    My dad kicked himself pretty hard thinking that it might be his last opportunity. I talked to the Ranch manager and they offered the same hunt for my dad if we can ever make it back. They even offered the hunt to myself if my dad couldn’t make it.

    This is a high fenced ranch that offers exotic animal hunts. My dad has a very difficult time walking so hunting from a blind over feed was perfect for him.

    Me and my dad got to go back to Texas last week. But this time for 5 days! We couldn’t be happier with the generosity of the ranch manager and owner. My dad was allowed to take either an Axis buck, blackbuck, or fallow buck. We seen the blackbuck every day so we always had that in our back pocket. The Axis was target #1 but we never got a clean shot opportunity.

    My dad ended up taking this fallow on the final evening. We could not be happier. Not only did my dad get to go on this hunt of a lifetime but the company is also covering the cost of taxidermy to have the fallow mounted for my dad.

    Not only is he getting the mount but the taxidermist offered to put a rush on the mount considering my dads condition.

    We will have the meat all processed with steaks, burger, and sausage in the next week and the mount in our house in the next 2-3 months.

    My family is blown away and shocked by the people who made this happen.

    It’s a small fallow but the meaning and memories behind it are so much more.

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    Wow incredible story. All the best and prayers to you and your family. You will forever remember this opportunity and so many others.
     
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    What a heart touching story. Those memories will be cherished forever. Prayers to you and your family. I can relate to that story. I lost my dad to cancer at his young age of 54. I wish I could have done something like that with him.
     
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    What a special time! I'm glad y'all got to do that together! Tony
     
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    That's a gorgeous deer, congrats to your dad and what awesome gestures by the hunting outfit and taxidermist. Enjoy all the memories you are making with your dad. Thanks for sharing!

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    Congrats on hunt. Great story.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your dad,it’s great that you guys were able to do this.
     
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    Inspiring generosity by the hunting outfit and to you for searching out how to make it happen for your dad. Prayers to you and your family!
     
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    Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story. So wonderful your dad could complete the hunt. He looks downright happy in these photos. The memories created will help both of you in the days ahead. Chuck
     
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    What a couple of great memories for both you and your dad!! Need to give a shout out for the ranch and the taxidermist! Who are they?
     
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    Absolutely! Just didn’t want to seem like a shameless plug. Haha. I’m not sure how often they do this for people but everyone that helped make this happen is below.

    Trinity Oaks (San Antonio, TX) - Kelly Park & Jason Elder originally organized this hunt for my dad. Lodging/rental car/food/taxidermy cost/gas all covered by trinity oaks.

    Black Diamond Ranch (Cameron, TX) - Jimmy DiedRick - Ranch Manager - supplied the lodge/cook/food/animal/meat processing
    Owner also owns Tres Toros Whitetails.

    B & B taxidermy (Houston, TX) - Frank and Heather have been amazing. Providing taxidermy services/Rush services/crate building/shipping.

    The only thing out of our pocket for both hunts was the cost of flight.
     
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    That's great stuff. The Bairds will do you a great mount for your dad. They are top notch!!
     
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    The first offer was generous enough, but to offer again was just way too cool. I don't think that story will ever be forgotten in your family...... Thanks for sharing this story. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)
     
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    You can see that the second you walk in the door! Amazing stuff they have in there.

    The mount will be similar to this.

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    Way cool on everyone's part! Good to hear the old man scored on second trip.
     
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    Very cool. Still praying for your dad and family.
     
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    What an awesome opportunity! And awesome for those who made the opportunity to create these memories possible.
     
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    Stan, that is a great story of an opportunity of a lifetime (or 2).
     
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    Almost done!!

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    careful Stan, someone might say you love your dad...…………..sure miss mine. Blessings and continued prayers!!!!! I know that part of Texas (probably less than guys like Tony, but know of those high fenced places; similar ones around the Stephenville area)…...that is special to get to go those in any circumstance. Give him a handshake for me please!!
     
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