The Gross National Debt

Monday, February 20, 2012

Go west young man

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The phone call from somewhere in Texas was expected. Seconds before I'd given Scott my phone number after all. As owner of Team No Prisoners - No Prisoner Nation, he's sort of my boss. I am on the pro staff and one of the on-camera personalities (no pay for this work, yet).
One seriously happy hunter.

But what Scott talked about was entirely UN-expected.

FourTracks Outfitters, based in eastern Washington State, wants to give a hunting trip away to a disabled youngster. Scott immediately thought of my son Jesse.

Jesse has been signed up for this kind of thing before. Two outfits in Florida have repeatedly promised him a hunt. Neither has come through. One in Georgia has promised a hunt as well. The Georgia outfit has come through once.

I tell you this to remind you that not all groups which make claims are worthwhile.

Hunt of a Lifetime is one of the good groups. Jesse is also a member of Special Youth Challenge, which has done several trips for him and other members. If you feel inclined to support groups that put disabled kids in the outdoors, these are two I can recommend.

So what about FourTracks? They are legit and are interested in seeing Jesse come out and put something on his wall. Possible hunts are bear, moose, elk (2 species), deer (2 species), cougar and assorted varmints.

Jesse is not interested in bear. "I hate bears," he said. That's his was of saying he's a bit afraid of them. Moose? Now moose is definitely a possibility. "Me love moose," he said.

The only issue here is geography, a continent's worth to be precise. Eastern Washington state is a 4-5 day drive from South Georgia. That means 8-10 days on the road, which is not going to happen.

So, if this hunting trip is going to happen, he will have to fly. This being Jesse and this being a youth hunt, I will have to go with him.

So, we're working on a way to buy plane tickets, deciding what we'll need in the way of clothes and getting a scope for a rifle for him.

More details as the situation warrants.



Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat them." Acts 10:13

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