Story Contest 2018 - Third Place

Never Too Old for Your First Hunt featuring Skinner Creek Hunts

Third Place 2018: Never to old for your first hunt

by Leon Houser

The idea for this hunt started in January 2015 when Ronald’s son Steve, was hunting geese on our property. I stopped by for a visit. Both Steve and his dad hunted but neither had ever been on a big game hunting trip. Steve had asked me to find a place where he could go with his dad for mule deer or elk for the upcoming season.  I explained to Steve that the elk and deer seasons would interfere with his work and possibly a spring bear hunt would work out better and give Ronald a chance at completing a life long dream of killing a bear.  Little did we know that Steve would fall ill with a brain tumour and pass away before this hunt could take place.

With Steve passing on, I wished to see Ronald fulfill his dream and take a bear. Knowing my younger brother Glenn, who was a young 71, also wanted to kill a bear I started looking for a hunt that would work for us all. That same week Mountain Hunter Magazine showed up at the door and in it was a great article about Skinner Creeks Hunts and the great trip they had hosted for Wounded Warriors In Action, for a black bear hunt using dogs.

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