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Jade’s Once in a lifetime Elk
A lot of you have been following my step son, Jade, who has survived two traumatic brain injuries. Last year he was lucky to walk out of the hospital after the repairs done to the AVM he had let loose and he rolled his truck after suffering a major aneurysm. The Outdoor Adventure foundation grants hunting and fishing wishes to kids affected by life threatening Illnesses. He was given a ND Elk hunt on a private ranch in the Badlands of western ND.
Looking forward your and Jade’s story, Jason.
Last Friday was the rifle opener and it was insane! There were bulls bugling everywhere! The landowner and Jade sneaked in to a ridge above a corn plot well before light. I had to sit back and watch this from a further hillside as they got into position. He had a bead on this nice 6 x 6 but it walked over the ridge right before he could shoot.
The elk had been frequenting a corn food plot and they were making their way into position to see what was there after the initial bull encounter, and bumped a few more cows getting to the next ridge.
Fyi-this is NOT a high fence hunt. The family that hosts this hunt went through cancer with their teenage son and do this hunt every year to pay if forward. It’s a very special tract of land that very few get to hunt outside of the foundation.
As the sun crept up, more and more elk were visible in the field. 12 bulls and more than 40 cows. Watching from the hill and not being with Jade at this moment was killing me!!
The bulls were still chasing cows and each other and the bugles were deafening. I’ve never witnessed anything like this in my life! By this time, Logan and Jade had picked out the biggest bull in the herd, but it was next to impossible to get a shot as there were always other elk around him.
This “royal” bull was definitely the boss and ended up finally giving Jade the opportunity. Jade was shooting my 300 PRC and we had practiced for this very second many times. At 280 yards…he made the shot count!!
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The bull walked about 10 steps and fell over. As I watched the event unfold, I was overcome with emotion. All the thoughts, prayers, rehab, and hard work came to fruition with Jade’s dream hunt. A truly once in a lifetime 7 x 7 bull elk! What a monster bull!
What an incredible experience for all of us! The foundation actually films these hunts and has a show called Dream Makers on the Pursuit Channel. It will air next year sometime. Here’s a short clip of the shot.
Being an official measurer, I couldn’t help but put a tape to it after the butchering was done!
What an experience! Congrats to everyone involved!
What a great hunt for you both! Even better is, Jade seems to be doing great!
Wow great bull! Awesome thing to get to do. Glad your son's recover has gone well.
Congratulations to your son!
Nice shot, heck of a bull!
Great job Jade. What an awesome bull!
So awesome! Congrats to you both!
Congrats! What a great story. Nice rack is icing on the cake.
Heck yeah! Way to go Jade!
There are lots of really good people doing great things for others. Congrats to all involved.
Great shooting, great story and great pix. Thanks for sharing!
(And ditto on the thanks to the folks who helped make it happen.)
Great bull...congrats Jade and dad!
A great family experience, congrats!
Congratulations to Jade on his recovery efforts and dandy bull. Happy for both of you. Just awesome Jason.
Great story and so happy your son is doing better. HELL of a bull and so very symetrical. Congrats!
Congratulations! Great bull!
Beautiful Bull, way to go, Jade!!
Congratulations Jade...way to go
Congrats Jade, great job!
Congrats to Jade and all involved!! Beautiful bull!!
Great story. Congrats to you, your son, and all those involved in making this hunt happen.
As many have said -- congratulations to Jade. Also, can you let us know on how Jade is doing? Prayers to him and his family (including in-laws of course).
What a wonderful organization.
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Thank you everyone! Jade lost half of the vision in his left eye. He also has a very limited short term memory. The doctor and the state felt it best to not let him have a driver's license, which was very upsetting to him. It was a tough day for all of us when that happened. He goes to occupational and cognitive therapy, which we do see achievements, but the surgeon doesn't expect much more of a recovery for him mentally. Physically he is doing great though. He gets tired fast and his brain needs to rest at least once daily. It's been a huge adjustment for him and all of us, but we are doing the best we can. I appreciate all of you for your thoughts for him, and our family.
Here is more info on the Outdoor Adventure Foundation if anyone is interested. What an amazing group of people!
Great stuff. Glad to see it!
Congrats again guys…What a great thing…
Congrats to Jade and everyone involved. Seeing the generosity of other hunters is heartwarming.
Congrats to your son and also to the landowner for supporting such a noble cause.
Wow! What an amazing hunt! Congratulations Jade!
What an awesome experience! The landowner is definitely to be commended for providing this kind of opportunity!
Hopefully Jade continues to improve!
Again-thank you everyone. My wife and I found out that Jade was going to be presented with this hunt about a week before the surprise presentation. We inconspicuously asked Jade what his dream hunt would be, just to see what the answer would be...he said I would like to shoot a big bull elk! We both had to hold back the tears to not ruin the surprise. I cannot tell you what this adventure did for this young man and his parents. The whole adventure was a God send to us all.
Outstanding work by all involved. Congrats Jade!
"He also has a very limited short term memory." Somehow, I'm betting that he retains THIS adventure (and if not, there is always the video!!)
Praise the Lord ! Great Hunt Great Shot Great Parents Great Bull Great People and Best of all you still have Jade.
Thanks and kudos to everyone involved. And thank god jade got the experience!
Congratulations and kudos to everyone involved! Just awesome!
Jake you are correct! I think all of us have watched that video hundreds of times now. The Foundation films these hunts for their show, Dream Makers, on the Pursuit Channel. I will post more when we know the air date of the show so you all can relive it with us.
Thats Awesome! Congrats to your son.
Congrats and what an incredible bull in just beautiful country!!!
Congratulations to Jade! Hats off to all involved in providing and part of this opportunity
I luv these kind of threads
Congrats to ya both,
Congratulations to Jade. On both the bull elk and his recovery.
Congratulations to Jade!!!
Congrats !! A beautiful trophy !!
That’s what I’m talking about, Jade. Congrats!
Fantastic story Jason. Congrats to Jade and kudos to all who made this possible.
Congrats to Jake and as others have said what a great gift from the landowner. Also, can’t imagine corn fed elk…delicious!!
Backstraps for days! Man-I don't know if I have ever seen this young man so happy! He and I have had some adventures, and he's shot whitetail, mule deer, antelope and black bear, but I don't know that this hunt can ever be topped.