Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your Hand is God’s Hand for that personProverbs 3:27 (MSG)


2021 starts out with a great elk hunt for Joshua Riddle.

That’s a Wrap!

August 10, 2021 – Joshua Riddle from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, wrapped up his elk hunt in one day to launch the 2021 Hunting Season of the Putting the ‘U’ in Hunt Program, hunts for youths with life-threatening illnesses, sponsored by the Muley Fanatic Foundation.

Thanks to the great efforts from the MFF 10 Country Chapter Members, Chance Marshall (Extreme Outfitters) and Blake Fegler (307 Pursuit), Josh was able to harvest his first Wyoming bull elk on Tuesday!

They hunted hard all day on Tuesday, going through multiple stalks on multiple groups of bulls. The day was ended with Josh dropping a massive Wyoming full velvet bull! What a group effort and what a bull to kick off the year!

This hunt had not been possible without a great organization, Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation. They have helped find these youths for many of the hunts in the last few years. Shiloh and Kevin Turner have a fantastic organization and do great things for youths with life-threatening illnesses. A partnership we look forward to year after year.

 

 

 


 

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The Muley Fanatic Foundation (MFF) has organized a program “Putting the ‘U’ in Hunt” for the last 9 years. This program is a partnership with the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission to receive Complimentary Commissioner Licenses for youths with life-threatening illnesses. The youth recipients are usually found by word of mouth due to the HIPPA Law. From 2012-2018, MFF averaged 4 to 6 youths each year, in 2019, with the assistance of the Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation and the Hunt for Hope organization, MFF received 17 youths to hunt in Wyoming! The two organization’s have continued to help, in the fall of 2020, MFF sponsored 18 youths (see the breakdown below). In 2021, it appears MFF will be sponsoring 27 youths!

  • MFF will help cover travel expenses (for all recipient’s family if needed), license fees, lodging, hunt day food, hunt day beverages, and any other expense to help with the hunt. MFF’s goal is to prevent these youths and their families’ from any burden of an expense so it is a stress free experience. Many local businesses and volunteers assist with the hunts to the extent of their willing donation. (Please see the below supporters).

Every year the youth hunts have high success rates and create lifelong memories, all this due to the assistance of the MFF Southeast Wyoming Chapter in Cheyenne, Pathfinder Ranches, MFF 10 Country Chapter in Riverton WY, Will Dolinar & JT Price with Crossfire Tactical LLC, MFF Southwest Wyoming Chapter in Rock Springs, Jason Faigl with Red Desert Outfitters, Mountainland Supply in Rock Springs WY, Carrico Ranches, and 4 individuals (Josh, Joey, Chris, Janet) from MFF HQ.

Thank you to all that have been supportive of this effort! Words can not be expressed for how much MFF appreciates everyone involved. The experiences of these hunts brings many emotions and unforgettable memories for MFF and these kids.

If you know of any youth that would qualify for this program, please contact the MFF HQ office @ (307) 875-3133.

Deadline dates to apply are November 1st – January 25th. Below are the qualification for the complimentary Commissioner Licenses.

Section 13. Commissioner Complimentary License for Persons with Life Threatening Illnesses:

Persons twenty (20) years of age or younger (12) with a life-threatening illness and who is sponsored by a nonprofit charitable organization (Muley Fanatic Foundation) whose mission it is to provide opportunities and experiences to persons with life-threatening or serious illnesses. *Recipient must be the age requirement during the time of harvest.


PROCESS WITH THE MULEY FANATIC FOUNDATION:

  • The proper application form will be mailed to the recipient’s address for the information to be completed by recipient/parents/guardians and a section completed by their physician. Following completion, that form must be returned to the MFF HQ (5 E Railroad Ave, Green River WY 82935) at least 15 days prior to Septembers 1st.
  • After MFF receives the completed application, it is double checked, species and hunt area is filled in by MFF, and then mailed to the Wyoming Game & Fish Department with the resident or non-resident license fee. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department will then mail the hunting license(s) to MFF for the recipient to sign and retrieve upon arrival in Wyoming.
  • The recipient is allowed to hunt 5 days prior to the regulated hunting season open date.
  • MFF asks the recipient to arrive at least one day prior to the first day of the hunt. That day of arrival will include; Pick-up from airport (if needed) and taken to hotel, hunting licenses signed, plans made for the hunt, or when hunter arrives by travel MFF representative will meet up at hotel.
  • MFF will attempt to cover travel expenses (for all recipient’s family if needed), license fees, lodging, hunt day food, hunt day beverages, and any other expense to help with the hunt. Many local businesses and volunteers assist with the hunts to the extent of their willing donation. (Please see the below supporters).
  • Taxidermy & processing of game meat (including shipping) may be the responsibility of the recipient’s parents/guardians. Some taxidermists or sponsors are willing to cover these costs. Please ask about these during time of applying.

 

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2020 Review

Another successful year for our youth hunts in 2020!
Please checkout all 18 youth stories and photos below.


 

Seth Hearner

What a way to kick off the first day of the 2020 hunting season! Seth Hearner from Burnsville, West Virginia harvested this great Wyoming bull elk in August! He was the first successful youth of 2020.

On the first day, they got into bull elk from the very first minute of legal shooting light and was running back and forth on different stalks looking for the big bull. One hour into the hunt they located and moved into position over looking a herd of bulls. Thanks to the antler decoration this big guy picked up, Seth could narrow his focus on him. Seth, who is recently recovering from his fight with Cancer was able to squeeze the trigger and fold up a stud velvet bull in his tracks. Elk down by 6:30 a.m., deboned and in the truck by 10:00 a.m.! Not something that happens very often. You can’t experience these adventures and not recognize a greater power that has the biggest influence. God is Good!

This hunt would not be possible if not for the great partnership with the Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation, the assistance of MFF 10 Country Chapter Member’s; Blake Fegler, Chance Marshall, and Kevin Marshall. Thank you all for allowing Seth be successful on his Wyoming elk hunt!

(Left to right) Seth, Kevin Marshall (MFF), Rich Hearner (Seth’s Father), Chance Marshall (MFF), Shiloh Turner (Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation), and Blake Fegler (307 Pursuit).

Cameron Green

Goat down! A jam packed 2 days of hunting antelope! A great hunt with Holy Pursuit Dream Foundation and Muley Fanatic Foundation. Blake Fegler and the team sat in the blind for over 12 hours between two days and passed on a near 200 bucks. They had pronghorn as close as 7 yards from the blind.

A heavy curled buck came by and presented a 45 yard shot for Cameron. He was ready to notch his tag after watching so many antelope! We’re blessed to have another great hunt with great people. Cameron is a great kid and he’s welcome in the antelope blind any day with me!

The Lord blessed us again. It’s always amazing when you meet a new families and within a couple short days you become family. A huge thanks again to Blake, 10 Country Chapter of Muley Fanatic Foundation and Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation!

Emma Decker

Emma Decker, a 16-year-old high school junior in Mountain View, Wyoming was able to do something she thought she may not ever be able to do again: hunt. Thanks to the Muley Fanatic Foundation’s “Putting the U in Hunt” program, Decker, a self-described hunter since the age of 4, scored a 356-inch bull elk.

Decker had been stuck in the hospital getting radiation treatments after brain surgery removed cancerous tumors. She said it was an amazing trip, in part because it gave her something positive to look forward to.

“I was kind of a little sad about having cancer,” Decker said. “But going on this trip, you’re able to get out of the hospital, and you’re able to think about other things than having your life-threatening diseases.”

Decker said her family should be set for the winter after her harvest, which has already produced a lot of hamburgers, tacos and jerky. She encourages young people who like to hunt and need a break from the hospital to sign up.

“It was really nice, because the people that took me there were super nice to me, and I was able to make some new friends,” she said. “I don’t like killing the animal, but I like having the meat. And getting the trophy animal is pretty cool too.”

(Left to right) Nick Duncombe (495FILMS), Jason Faigl (Red Desert Outfitters), Kaleb Faigl (Jason’s Son), Craig Decker (Emma’s Father), Kylee Faigl (Jason’s Daughter), Joshua Coursey (MFF), Emma, Dawn Coursey (Joshua’s Wife), and Joe Faigl (Jason’s Father).
(Not pictured) Kade Harmon (Red Desert Outfitters).

Payton Miller

Payton Miller from Las Vegas, Nevada was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma over a year ago. He is towards the end of his treatment and in maintenance. The Fall of 2020, he was blessed with a Wyoming elk hunt from Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation and the Muley Fanatic Foundation. When his family heard about this hunt they were very excited for Payton, especially after he had to give his Nevada elk hunt back last year due to his illness. This kid has been thru so much in the last year being diagnosed with Lymphoma, he defiantly deserved this opportunity.

They started the first day doing a lot of glassing and not coming up with any elk. Around 2:00 p.m. they finally spotted elk and it was game on. There were some opportunities, but never had the right shot. Finally, a bull bugle off to the west and everyone had to move fast. While Ted Sargent was getting Payton setup to shoot, Brian Smith let out a cow call and there the bull was peeking behind a cedar tree. The bull took off running and Brian gave another cow call to stop him about 250 yards. Payton took a deep breath and put one right in the boiler room, it was game over. Finally, it all came together and Payton was pretty stoked to have harvested his Wyoming bull elk.

Payton and his family would like to send a huge shout out to Red Desert Outfitters in Wyoming. Their hospitality and help with Payton’s hunt is truly appreciated. They all had a lot of fun hunting with the group. They have a top notch guide service. They are glad to find a hunting crew that joke’s around as much as the family. So thank-you….

(Left to right) Michael Clancy (Red Desert Outfitters), Burke Curtis (Red Desert Outfitters), Shiloh Turner (Holy Pursuit’s Dream Foundation), Gar McMartin (Red Desert Outfitters), Shawn Miller (Payton’s Dad), Kade Harmon (Red Desert Outfitters), Payton, Ted Sargent (Miller Family Friend), and Brian Smith (Miller Family Friend).

Caleb Miller

Caleb Miller from Dover, Ohio arrived in Wyoming on October 2nd for his first ever elk hunt. The morning of October 3rd, Caleb was able to harvest his first bull elk.

The bull was spotted that first morning just before he laid down in the large Wyoming sagebrush. Kade Harmon, Red Desert Outfitters, placed the bull into his Vortex spotting scope as Jason Faigl adventured out to find the best location so Caleb could into position. As soon as Jason determined the location the stalk was on.

The location would get Caleb within comfortable shooting range of 200 yards or less, but was going to be a challenge for Caleb. He had to walk over 400 yards to be in that position, however, Caleb was willing to push himself to make it.

At the time of reaching the location, Caleb was witihin 178 yards of where the bull was bedded. After 33 minutes of cow calls failing to stand the bull up, Jason and Uncle Roman finally created a noise that disturbed the bull which pushed him to stand. After two shots making their marks, Caleb harvested a beautiful 6×6 bull elk! His patience of waiting for the bull to stand up from it’s bedding area was definitely a show of will to make his dream a reality.

(Left to right) Vernon Miller (Caleb’s Father), Caleb, and Roman Miller (Caleb’s Uncle).
(Left to right) Joey Faigl (MFF), Caleb, Jason Faigl (Red Desert Outfitters), and Kade Harmon (Red Desert Outfitters).
(Not pictured) Scott Meshew (Hunt for Hope), Janet Crofts (MFF), Amber Faigl (Red Desert Outfitters), Kylee & Kaleb Faigl (Jason’s Kids), Kate Harmon (Kade’s Wife), Dax Harmon (Kade’s Son), and Joe Faigl (Joey & Jason’s Father).

Daniel Bosch

Sixteen year-old, Daniel Bosch, from Plainwell, Michigan was able to obtain both a Wyoming Deer License and Wyoming Antelope License. Daniel accompanied by his Father and Grandfather, arrived into Wyoming on October 9th. Upon arriving in Rock Springs, Wyoming, Joey Faigl with MFF visited them at the hotel to discuss a good game plan for an attempt to harvest both animals in one day.

The following morning Daniel and a great team of volunteers set out to begin the hunt. Within the first 30 minutes of daylight, Daniel was on already setup on a great mule deer buck. Unfortunately, due to the conditions, he was unable to connect with the buck.

It wasn’t too long after (30 minutes), another buck was spotted and this had a better opportunity to get setup for a shot attempt. One shot and Daniel had harvested his first mule deer.

The hunt, however, was not over! Following the paparazzi of photos and the field dressing of the deer, it was off to find a great antelope buck. Within traveling only a distance of 4 miles from the location of his deer harvest, Daniel had 3 opportunities at some great bucks, but the setups just didn’t turnout.

Finally, only one hour after his last attempt, a great buck was spotted and he had a great setup situation for a shot! After a few minutes to get in position, the antelope stopped perfectly broadside at about 260 yards. One shot again and Daniel had harvested his first Wyoming antelope!

Wow what a day for this young man! Two tags, two species, and both harvested within 3 hours of the his first morning of the Wyoming hunt.

(Left to right) Grandpa Bosch (Daniel’s Grandfather), Scott Meshew (Hunt for Hope), Daniel, and Michael Bosch (Daniel’s Father).
(Left to right) Joe Faigl (Joey’s Father), Daniel, and Joey Faigl (MFF). 
(Left to right) Brady Faigl (Joey’s Son), Chris Steffen (MFF), Daniel, and Brendan Faigl (Joey’s Son).
(Left to right) Brendan Faigl, Daniel, Brady Faigl, Chris Steffen, and Joe Faigl
(Left to right) Daniel’s Pronghorn, Daniel, and Daniel’s Mule Deer.

Jacob “Peanut” New

On a 2020 late season Wyoming Mule Deer Hunt. Jacob “Peanut” New from Saluda, South Carolina was able to travel to Wyoming and hunt with a once in a lifetime tag. Jacob was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was only 7 years old. In the last 3.5 years of radiation he is now currently cancer free!

They put in 4 full days grinding it out trying to find the right deer. Peanut was a champ, passing countless deer including multiple bucks in the 170s.

While Peanut was with Mark on day 3, after hunting with Blake Fegler on day 1 and Rowdy Anderson on day 2, Rowdy and Blake teamed up late that evening to hike into a big hole with high hopes of turning up a big deer that they could come back and kill on day 4. Soon enough they found the deer. Blake filmed him for 10 minutes in freezing temps and 40 mph winds. The next morning Rowdy and Blake again hiked in this hole to relocate the buck. It took about an hour due to the poor visibility with blowing snow but they found him. Rowdy heads back down the hill to get the rest of the crew while Blake keeps an eye on the deer.

After this, there was multiple things that could have gone wrong, weather, blown stalk, other hunters, all could have resulted in an unsuccessful harvest, however everything seemed to fall together. You couldn’t have wrote a better script. “It was simply a gift from God,” said Blake, “it was incredible to watch this unfold.” This buck stepped out of the aspens after being bedded down out of the wind. He was following his hot Doe until Peanut ended the trip with a perfect heart shot at 204 yards in crazy high wind speeds. Blake said he had never felt Gods presence so strong on a hunt before. Everyone involved gave maximum effort and it paid off with a huge framed heavy old deer. Peanut experienced the whole adventure; hiking in, stalking in deep snow, shooting up hill and packing out a big deer back to the truck. Peanut beat cancer and worked his tail off on a grueling hunt and he deserves every bit of this adventure. “It’s always fun to hunt with guys who are willing to put in the work and kill big deer,” Blake said.

This hunt wouldn’t have been possible without Blake, Rowdy, Mark and the rest of the crew. Here’s to a 185” deer on the last day, public land, over 9,000 feet in elevation during a November blizzard.

(Left to right) Josh Miller (Holy Pursuit Dream Foundation), Leroy New (Peanut’s Dad), Jacob, Blake Fegler (307 Pursuit), Shane Baker (307 Pursuit) and Rowdy Anderson (MFF).
Hunts associated with the
MFF Southeast Wyoming Chapter Team.

Daniel

Daniel was blessed with this awesome antelope in Wyoming. So thankful for all of the people at Carrico Safaris for allowing these hunts with them and for blessing Daniel with this amazing opportunity. God is good and everyone is so thankful for all who support these hunts and help make these trips possible!

Blake Kirby

Blake is from Alvaton, Kentucky had a succussful mule deer hunt on Doug Samuelson’s Ranch (Warren Land & Livestock) near Cheyenne, Wyoming. Awesome buck! Thank you to everyone involved with Blake’s hunt.
(Left to right) Jeff Geyer (MFF SE Wyo Chapter), Cody Taylor (MFF SE Wyo Chapter), Blake, Shane Taylor (MFF SE Wyo Chapter).

Jaden Ramsey

Jaden was able to hunt mule deer on the Currier Ranch near Chugwater, Wyoming. Jaden is one of the few Wyoming residents that obtained a license this year. Jaden is from Cheyenne. Great job team!

Izaac Degado

Another youth with a successful mule deer hunt on the Currier Ranch. Izaac lives in Toar, Texas and harvested his first mule deer buck. Congratulations Izaac!

Endsley Batton

Thanks to the team with Carrico Safaris near Rawlins, Wyoming to help make this was another successful mule deer hunt. Endsley from Morgantown, West Virginia, harvested this great buck. Congratulations!

Blake Ruebke

Mule deer hunt number two with Carrico Safaris. Blake harvested this nice mule deer buck near Rawlins, Wyoming. He is from Percy, Illinois.

Morgan Morris

Carrico Safaris knows how to get it done! Morgan had mule deer hunt number three with the team. This is a great buck Morgan. You will be talking about this hunt back in your home at Uvalda, Georgia for many years.Thank you to the team from Carrico Safaris for always making these hunts a succes!

Watson Polk

Panthfinder Ranches near Casper, Wyoming has been a huge part of the successful youth hunts the last few years. A full team from the Southeast Wyoming Chapter and the crew with Pathfinder takes a handful of kids on the property for high quality antelope hunting. This year was no different, as Watson was successful on his hunt. Watson traveled from his hometown of Aubry, Texas to be on his hunt.

Parker Reyonlds

Second antelope hunt on Pathfinder Ranches included Parker Reynolds. Parker from Wales, Utah was all smiles with his awesome buck! Here he is with his dad on the right and Matt Hoobler with Pathfinder Ranches on the left.

Kaige Lee Sirmon

Finally, the third antelope taken on Pathfinder Ranches was by Kaige from Frisco City, Alabama. Kaige was very impressed with the beauty of antelope. He would like to thank everyone that was part of his hunt and the Pathfinder Ranches allowing him to make his dream come true.

Trapper Samples

The only elk hunt the Southeast Wyoming Chapter Team was a part of this year and it was no different from the other hunts. Trapper was successful in harvesting his Wyoming elk. Trapper Samples is from Ellamore, West Virginia.
The Muley Fanatic Foundation can’t thank everyone enough that volunteer and help with these hunts. These kids have the opportunity to get away from the troubles they face every day and gain memories with their families. No words can be expressed.
THANK YOU!