was published by Buckmasters on February 18, 2004
My name is Nick
Kersh, and I am 11 years old. I was also born with Spina Bifida. A
year ago my mom found out that Buckmasters had a disabled hunting
program and sent in an application for me. However, she never thought
that I would be able participate in such a great hunting experience.
In November of 2003, Cameron Tribolet called and asked if I would
be able to go on a hunt in January of 2004 in Wisconsin. I was so
excited when I found out that Buckmasters was going to sponsor me
for a hunt in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, at Three Lakes Preserve. I had
never hunted before and I was really looking forward to maybe killing
a deer bigger than my dad's. I kept telling him that he was going
to have to take his down, because mine would be so big!
in Three Lakes, Wisconsin early Friday morning and met with Roger
Devenport, the owner, at 10 that morning. Our guide, Warren Schoenborn,
took us back to the hunting lodge and shortly after I was taken
out for my first hunt. We saw some deer, but never saw the 6-pointer
that they had been seeing and hoped for me to take. It was very
cold and the deer weren't moving very much.
Friday evening, I was taken out again for more hunting. Me, my dad
and our guide were situated in a box stand. There were about five
deer about 100 yards away, but they knew we were out there and they
ran off. About 20 minutes later, several more deer came out behind
us in the field. It was exciting to be in the woods with all of
these deer. The six pointer never showed up. It was getting dark
by then, so we quit for the day.
the three of us went out again. This time we did a drive, but no
deer came out again. We heard deer running, but that was it. We
didn't stay out long. It was very, very cold. Saturday afternoon
before hunting again, Mr. Roger said that I would kill a deer today.
me, my dad and Mr. Roger went out hunting. We drove to a box stand
and after a while deer started coming out to feed. Then a doe walked
up right next to the box stand to feed. Twenty minutes later, a
9-pointer walked out and Mr. Roger told me to shoot. I was nervous
because I had never shot a deer before. I aimed at his heart and
pulled the trigger. The buck ran about 20 yards before collapsing.
I didn't think I had really shot him, maybe just scared him. We
all jumped out of the box stand and walked over to where the deer
collapsed. My dad looked over the deer and told me that I had shot
the deer in the heart. I was shocked that I had actually just done
this myself! We loaded the deer in the back of the truck and went
back to camp to have it field-dressed.
The hunt was
great and it was very cold. I froze all weekend, but I really had
a great time! My guide, Mr. Warren was very funny. Mr. Roger gave
me a pair of deer sheds before I left for home. He was very nice
and I really liked his lodge and his preserve.
I want to thank
Cameron Tribolet and Buckmasters for this awesome experience. If
it was not for Buckmasters, I wouldn't have been able to do this.
Cameron Tribolet is great and I hope to meet him personally some
day. For the first time in my life I was kind of glad that I had
Spina Bifida because I got to do this great thing.
Nick Kersh, Indiana
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