|Well it may not be the biggest 8 point you've ever
seen but to 16 year old Mark Golden it's a MONSTER. Mark called
me that night from Wild Rose Wisconsin where he went on an Outdoor
Wish hunt at Back Achers Ranch through Benefit4Kids. Mark has numerous
medical problems and although at 16 he is only a little over 4'
tall and weighs only 60 lbs. he has the heart of a lion and a wonderful
sense of humor and attitude. His love for the outdoors could not
be stronger if he were 7' tall and built like an ox.
Mark took this great buck at 30 yards with a perfect heart/lung
shot from his .50 cal. muzzleloader with his Mom sitting next
to him in the blind. Although not what most would consider "an
outdoors woman" Mark's Mom works hard to make sure he has
every opportunity to spend time doing what he loves to do, hunt
and has sat with him several times hunting in the past.
Mark's hunt was the first of 7 current "Outdoor Wishes"
that Benefit4Kids has been able to put together so far this year
because of the many generous people who have supported Benefit4Kids
over the years. Soon other kids and their families will spend
some great time together creating memories of hunting hogs, whitetails,
fallow deer and fishing for salmon and steelhead this fall because
others dug deep to help them out. My thanks to all of you for
helping to make Mark's and all of the other kids dreams come true.
A special thanks goes out to Dan and Bev Schuman who generously
donated the hunt for Mark on their ranch and to Brigid O’Donoghue
of BIO-Tec Research for everything she has done to help not only
Benefit4Kids but many other kids in need. They are all very special
people and the outdoor world is a much better place because of
Mark’s Hunt was donated by Dan and Bev Schuman at Back Achers
Ranch in Wisconsin.
Mark’s mount has been donated by the Huron Point Sportsman’s
Association’s Heritage Days Fund.
Mark’s travel expenses and meat processing were paid for