10-Year-Old Evan Fridley from Thomas West Virginia
suffers from Spina Bifida. Evan heard about Benefit4Kids while
on a special Doe Hunt in TN especially for kids with Spina Bifida,
when he ran into Christian Aders. Christian is a past wish kid
of Benefit4Kids who went to Texas to live his wish of shooting
a 4 Horned Ram.
Evan is a very smart young man who LOVES to hunt. While talking
to his mom she tells me all these stories of Evan and it's not
hard to learn of his passion for the outdoors! Evan wants to Hunt
Red Stag and has numerous questions already about how big will
it be, will it have a crown, etc, and this thing is barely even
planned yet. Benefit4Kids will be sending Evan and his family
to Superior Game Ranch (www.superiorgameranch.com) near Escanaba
MI, sometime in late September to fulfill his dream of shooting
a Red Stag!
Not only will Evan live his dream of shooting a Big Red Stag,
but also he and his family will get to see the Mackinaw Bridge
and the gorgeous fall color tour show that the Upper Peninsula
is so well known for producing that time of year!
Evan and his family will be traveling from their home in WV to
the beautiful Upper Peninsula of MI the 2nd week of October. They
are set to arrive at Superior Game Ranch on Saturday October 7th,
where Jeff and Reba Debacker will meet him. They are due to stay
there until the 10th where they will enjoy the beauty of all the
animals available on the ranch, but Evan will have his eyes open
for only 1 animal.... the Red Stag! Along the way they will make
numerous stops at select points along the way including Cabelas,
all while enjoying the breath taking color tour you can only see
in Northern MI this time of year!
A special Thank You goes out to Jeff Debacker and Superior Game
Ranch as well as Loyd Rebark. Superior Game Ranch does not currently
offer a Red Stag hunt, as they are trying to grow their population
of Red Stag to one day offer this hunt to everyone, but out of
the kindness of their hearts, Loyd Rebark who raises Red Stag
in the Upper Peninsula with the help of Jeff Debacker is making
this young mans dream a reality by making an exception this time!
If that wasn't enough they are donating the cost of the Red Stag
and all the facilities to make sure the family is comfortable
and feed well during their stay! This trip would never have been
made possible without these 2 guys and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out
to both of them! When this stay at Superior Game Ranch ends, they
will spend the rest of the week visiting the numerous tourist’s
spots the Upper Peninsula has to offer
Evan Fridley and his family recently returned from a very enjoyable
trip up to Superior Game Ranch in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
On the way up, they made a stop at Cabelas in Dundee MI as they
have never been to a Cabelas store. They were in for a treat upon
arrival, as we heard they were thinking about doing this I contacted
Rick Garrett which is the main guy in charge of Promotions at
the Dundee Store and he put together a special trip time for the
family while they were at the store. Although he would be out
of the store that day on business, he made sure no loop holes
were left and when Evan and his family arrived, they were greeted
with signs all over the front door, welcoming Evan Fridley!
Evan tells me he couldn't believe they did that for him! While
at the store, they got a special tour of the store, it's amazing
fish tank, were given a special gift bag with numerous items inside
for Evan, along with employee discounts on anything they purchased
while at the store, free lunch, a ton of tokens for all the kids
to enjoy the shooting gallery, among meeting and spending the
day with many of the store employees! Thank You Rick, Rich (Store
Manager), and all of the Cabelas team for showing Evan and his
family a special time while at Cabelas!
From there they traveled north and met Board Member Jason Miller
and his wife Jennifer in St. Ignace for dinner, then off to Gladstone
where the family stayed the night, while Jason and Jennifer headed
on to find the ranch to avoid loss time in the morning. It turns
out it was a great idea because it took Jason 2 hours to find
the place, which ended up being only about 30-40 minutes from
the hotel. I think we'll get Jason a map next time
Saturday morning they arrived and wasted no time getting out
in the woods. The weather wasn't cooperating as temps rose into
the upper 60's and 70's and the Red Stag didn't want to move.
They never could get close enough and when they did move, the
Stag stayed in a group of Elk, one being a HUGE trophy, which
Evan wanted to take, but he was focused on the Red Stag! Later
that day they finally set up and were able to get the Stag to
separate from the Elk, and Evan made the shot count! Although
it took a second shot from Evan, he stayed focused and stayed
with the stag to put another shell in him, which dropped it in
Jason tells me this kids determination and focus for hunting
is like none he has ever seen in a kid before. I was able to learn
more about his background when Jason and I met the family in Southern
MI on their way home for dinner. I could tell hunting is this
kids life and if he can't be out in the woods or shooting a gun,
he wants nothing to do with it! Good job Evan and fantastic Hunt!
Since Evan shot that hog the first day, B4K threw in a hog hunt
as well as a spur of the moment decision and Evan was thrilled!
He finally shot a big hog, but Evan soon realized hog hunting
was a littler tougher! I'm still awaiting pictures of the hog
and will get them posted as soon as possible.
The family tells me they spent the remainder of the trip hunting
Pheasant on the ranch with Jeff, Walleye Fishing in Little Bay
Denock, then visiting and sightseeing around Mackinac City before
heading home. They had a blast and its all in thanks to Jeff and
Reba Debacker as well as Loyd Rebark for their generous donations
of the Red Stag and Ranch facilities for Evan to see his dream
come true! Evan's Red Stag is being mounted by a taxidermist we
have worked with in the past in Northern MI and we will then get
his mount to him ASAP so he can hang it on his wall and remember
all the memories everyone involved help create!