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7x7 Roosey! Outdoor Dream Foundation Hunt

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This year has been the beginning of a new life for Jessica, who's spent nearly 4 years fighting two forms of cancer and recovering from the treatments she endured. Now in remission, she's gaining strength and energy each day, and was finally able to go on her "hunt of a lifetime" put on by the Outdoor Dream Foundation...a South Carolina based non profit agency providing the means for children like Jessica to experience the outdoors in a way they couldn't on their own.

One of the options was an Oregon Elk hunt, and with the incredible support of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Stimson Lumber, the adventure was truly a once in a lifetime experience! Faith in the Field was lucky enough to film her time here, and I hope we captured even a fraction of how incredible this hunt was for all who were involved.

Jessica flew in Monday afternoon with her dad and a friend from the Outdoor Dream Foundation, taking in the sights of the Northwest for the first time. We sighted in her rifle and settled into "elk camp" the evening before day 1...

We shot a .22lr with a scope for practice...Jessica put 100+ rounds through the target one afternoon...

I don't have photos of all of the experiences, but our video cameras were rolling every day out. :wink: We saw a lot of elk...and experienced more than most do in a lifetime! We had elk far and near, big and small...chuckles, bugles, cow talk...it was amazing! On our third morning we had dropped into a canyon chasing a bugle, and had a mature bull only 70 yards away...we could hear him breathing and raking, we felt his chuckles and his bugle shook the ground...he just never gave us an open shot before his cows led him away. That same evening (day 3, Thursday night), all of Jessica's hard work paid off! At 210 yards, it was as if she was pulling the trigger of that .22lr and was shooting that cardboard box...she DRILLED this DANDY bull through both lungs with the first shot out of her 7mm-08, and punched her tag on an unbelievable, and unique, roosevelt bull!

Enjoy the photos...

Getting our hands on him...

Jessica and her dad...

The crew...


You can best see the points in this photo...both inner brow tines had stickers coming off...

With a few days left in the Northwest, Jessica made it to the beach, toured the Tillamook Cheese Factory, took a helicopter ride over the areas we'd hunted and even went crabbing so we could add to the table fair of Saturday night's barbecue.

Thanks to Sitka gear for donating a jacket for her hunt...well, at least for the crabbin trip... :wink:

And thanks for all the others who donated equipment and time to make this hunt what it was...it truly was a "dream hunt."

The footage will be on this year's dvd coming out in February!
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Great story! We're all touched by cancer sooner or later, so we all need to hear stories like this. Thanks for sharing; my family and I will look forward to watching the DVD.
:applause::applause::applause::applause::applause: That is Inspiring. thank you
I'm just applauding the heck out of you guys as I wipe the tears. Heck of a wonderful thing you've done.
I have delayed on posting because reading this story and seeing all the volunteers, and love, reminded me of a quote that my Great Grandmother gave to me before she passed on and I wanted to find it to share:

There is a light in this world, a healing spirit
more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
We sometime lose sight of this force
when there is suffering, and too much pain.
Then suddenly,
the spirit will emerge
through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call
and answer in extraordinary ways.

I for one would like to Say Great job Jessica!!! The smiles say it all. :meme::meme::meme:

I will love to watch it on DVD......!!!!
Awesome quote!!!! I really like that.
First off, great job Jessica, in 'em for filming it. I was able to go up there and score a bull for John Bishop, a dream hunt recipient about three years ago. It is a humbling and great experience to be there. Good luck in the future. in 'em what did you think of our neck of the woods? 6x6:applause:

I really appreciate your letting us get to experience part of your hunt through Faith in the Field and the Outdoor Dream foundation. Having gone through the pain and suffering of medical issues lasting a good many years, I can imagine the joy you felt when the bull was down. After a lifetime of hunting and tons of trophy deer on my wall, I bawled like a baby when I was finally able to hunt again and I harvested the smallest little buck, barely legal.

Congradulations on your victory over cancer, your persistance in the fight, and the lesson in character you've taught us as you've gone through this battle and did not give in or give up.

Your Friend,

Eric Schoenborn
First off, great job Jessica, in 'em for filming it. I was able to go up there and score a bull for John Bishop, a dream hunt recipient about three years ago. It is a humbling and great experience to be there. Good luck in the future. in 'em what did you think of our neck of the woods? 6x6:applause:
Lol! The "neck of the woods" we were in was pretty sweet! :) I grew up hunting the Wilson unit, so i was prepared. The NW is the best!
That is awesome!!! Way to go guys and congratulations to the hunter and her father! What an experience it must of been for everyone involved!!!
Just back in from 12 days of archery elk hunt without filling my tag. Breaking down my camp in the rain, I came home sore, tired and a bit grumpy about opportunities missed and elk that escaped with the slight change in the wind. Then I read this story and am suddenly recalibrated. The time in the woods that we sometimes take for granted, the days enjoying the outdoors that others may not be lucky enough to enjoy, the time spend with friends when time for others may be much harder earned, or perhaps even shorter than it should be. How lucky I was to be able to go hunt and take the great outdoors for granted.

Great job Jessica, congratulations on a great hunt, and thank you for reminding me what I have. :applause:
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