Thank you to everyone that supported Braedan on his journey to get his Grand Slam! It was a blast and he felt all the Love, Prayers and Support!
God Bless you all!
The Roost Lodge In Nebraska invited Braedan out to get a shot on his last bird, The Merriam. We headed out there Memorial Day weekend, got in Friday morning around 5am. By 10am, he had his Merriam. We found a few in a field, and set up under a tree and Jeremy and Dustin gave Braedan the low down on what they were going to do. We saw them from a ways away, and then they were in and out of sight. Before he knew it two red heads were in front of him and he lined up on them listening to Dustin telling him which one was the true Merriam. They kept switching on him but Braedan remained calm as can be and layed it down to rest. It was a quick but incredibly awesome hunt! Thank you Jim Kuhn, Jeremy and Dustin for all that you did to make this happen for Braedan.
In May, Braedan joined our local National Wildlife Turkey Federation and Wheeling Sportsmen's Organization's to hunt the Eastern. He hunted first with our Maumee Valley Chapter and didn't have the luck and the weather was not on our side with rain. But we always enjoy this great group of people that are our family. And a few of the hunters got their birds, so it was a successful weekend. The weekend after, Braedan was welcomed to hunt with the NWTF Longbeards in Williams County Ohio. We met our guide Tracy at our spot bright and early and set off to the blind. We heard a lot of gobbling that morning and early afternoon but they did not want to come out of the woods. We relocated the blind to another area near a pond that Braedan bagged his bearded hen at last year, and waited for day break. Before too long we heard them gobbling and we hit them back. Pretty soon, a big ol longbeard come walking quietly out of the woods and Braedan got his bead on him and took him down.
In In April 2017, we headed to Florida once again to try to get the elusive Osceola that seemed to give Braedan the slip so far. Between both trips, (yes that's right we made 2 more trips) Braedan was able to finally bag the Osceola. We are very gratefull to Tommy Beasley of Gator Quest and Harold Kennard of Osceola Obsession for helping us make this happen. We had a great time full of memories.
In April 2017, We head off to Kansas to give Braedan a chance on shooting a Rio Grande Turkey as part of his Grand Slam. Packing up and driving 15+ hours but it is worth it to make his dream come true. After that, we head back to Florida again to get another shot on the Osceola. Stay tuned to hear more soon.
April 6th, Braedan bagged his first Rio and it was a beautiful one! A bird with 2 beards and weighing 22 lbs. Incredible to watch, and as you can imagine his excitement was through the roof! Then he turned around the very next day and tagged out shooting another one at 50 yards. We had a wonderful time with Candler De Juan and Myles Foshee in Kansas learning much about the Rio Grande Turkey. Tagged out in Kansas,
In March 2017, we traveled to Arcadia Florida for Braedan's first shot at an Osceola turkey. We hunted hard for 4 days sitting in orange groves, under palmetto trees and even crossed a river twice to get to them but it just wasn't meant to happen this time around. For those of you that don't know, turkeys have great eye site and hearing. You have to be very still and camo from head to toe. Braedan has such patience and sat so still and at his age and especially his condition, that is hard to do. Alas, we will be traveling back there after our trip to Kansas in April to give him another shot. All in all, we had a great time and we saw many birds and other critters as well.
"And it all started with a Turkey"
2017 is bringing in a HUGE goal for Braedan. His passion and drive of hunting is like nothing most will see in a young boy. It's hard to believe where it has taken us and all the wonderful opportunities in places that he has been able to hunt. The amazing incredibly kind people that we have had the grace to meet and that have literally wrapped him with love. He truly feels this love and we feel blessed by it. With that, his love of hunting really all started with his first trophy of a Eastern Turkey in which our wonderful NWTF and Wheeling Sportsmen's Chapter gave Braedan the opportunity to hunt in. It was not just an ordinary guided hunt though. Our chapter brought in a special Guest Guide this year, and Braedan was lucky enough to be chosen to hunt with him. Michael Waddell, The Bone Collector joined him and Scott in the blind that morning and it was a great experience that we feel so blessed for and will never forget. We wish to Thank our NWTF Chapter and Wheeling Sportsmen's group and Michael for a wonderful day. That morning, really seemed to be the spark that started his real passion for hunting and it has not stopped since.
Turkey hunting is one of his top game that he loves to hunt and his goal in 2017 is to get the Turkey Grand Slam all in one year.
Below is video of that wonderful morning that Michael captured for us.