Special Needs Horseback Rides Bring Smiles

Riders, volunteers, and even horses are smiling

In between teaching shotgun at the Women’s Outdoor Weekend and helping at the Youth Fishing Derby in Pagosa Springs Wolf Creek Outfitters (WCO) hosted the special needs children of Pagosa Springs for the annual horseback ride.

Each year our team gives the kids the opportunity to watch, pet, lead, and if they desire, ride a horse. This is a day the WCO team and our friends look forward to each year.

Twelve children along with their instructors and a couple of parents arrive for the big day. The morning begins with adjustments to boots and cowboy hats, followed by greetings and instructions. Then everyone meets the horses.

Many of the children have been to this event in the past and are comfortable around the horses. Others take a little warming up. Then before you know it they are off on a ride.

We start off with our team of volunteers leading the children via horseback on short rides around the arena. For those who are up to it, and capable, they’re handed the reins and get to be in the “driver’s seat.”

We also make it a point to try to get the instructors and volunteers a-horseback. After all, why should these children ride if the adults won’t? This year we had two of the group’s instructors or leaders, who’d never ridden before, take a ride.

This year we also have a new addition to this special day. Loud, “OOOHs, AAAHs, and WOW’s” were heard as Ombré the pony led out for his grand introduction.

Ombré proudly packed around a few of the smaller, more timid children. One of these only rode once, but had Ombré not been there she may have not ridden at all.

Each year it seems there’s at least one who doesn’t want to hop on a saddle. Don’t worry. We put them right to work. They get to smile, wave, and cheer in support of their friends. Some of the more brave ones learn to lead the horses too.

Another youngster, who is deaf, climbed atop Cowboy (aka., Mr. Man) and rode the entire time. Having been to this special event before, he wasn’t getting down from the horse until it’s time to go.

At WCO we are honored to be a part of such a great event. It’s rewarding to meet these great youngsters and to have them back year after year. The horses love them too. It’s amazing how they have a sense of who they’re packing around and know they need to take care of their riders.

We’re proud to have such a great team of horses that take care of this precious cargo and a fantastic group of volunteers who find it rewarding to give back to this special group of people.

We know they all find great reward in this day, but we’d also like to give a huge thanks to our volunteers, Terry Eschelman, Jordan Lindsay, Lea Leggitt, Laura Jacobson, and Tucker Jacobson.

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Media Day 2013 – Mia at the range

Brutal. That is how I would describe Media Day yesterday. Range day was, as always, run professionally and the suppliers were great. The weather just wasn’t cooperative. I hear it was 32 degrees, but the wind howled so it felt like -30. I did get a little shooting time in between the times of shivering and shaking. Here are just a couple products I managed to get photos of for you. I’ll be taking a closer look at more today at SHOT Show.

TenPoint Crossbows – I shot three of the new crossbows released by TenPoint. Pictured here is the Stealth SS. This bow is a smaller, compact bow. It is a shorter, lighter, and more powerful version of  TenPoint’s Stealth XLT. It is 34.4-inches long and is the most compact crossbow TenPoint has ever built. I was impressed by the weight because I do so much spot and stalk hunting. At 6.8 pounds, this bow would not be a burden. I will be posting more info on the TenPoint bows later. TenPoint Steal SS

KRISS Guns – I had the opportunity to shoot Kriss guns Vector CRB .45 ACP. The action KRISS has designed is a system that significantly reduces recoil, allowing you to have more on target shots. This tactical gun is available to civilians in semi-auto. I was thrilled to shoot a full auto version as well. Lots of fun! Click here to read more about the unique action design this company has created.KRISS Vector CRBBenelli USA – I was happy to shoot the Benelli Performance shotguns. These shotguns can be used in hunting, but are also shotguns used in three-gun competition. It was fun to take my hands out of my pockets for a moment and knock down some plates. The synthetic stock makes this shotgun light and easy to hold as you shoot from a standing position. You may know, I love my Benelli’s. This shotgun was no different. Shot like a dream.Benelli USA booth, Media Day at the Range


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New Mexico offers Youth Encouragement licenses to resident and non-resident hunters

Good morning. I was just taking a moment to catch up on email and news letters that are sitting in the InBox waiting for me. I had to share this one because it is GOOD NEWS!

From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), released August 1, 2012:

LOTS OF YOUTH ELK LICENSES, LEFTOVER DEER, JAVELINA LICENSES STILL AVAILABLE

New Mexico releases leftover licenses each year toward the end of the summer. It is always a chance to purchase a hunting license in the event you did not draw your first choice. The NMDGF indicates that they have lots of deer and javelina licenses available for purchase. If you didn’t draw in New Mexico, go check it out. All licenses are sold online at the department’s web-site: www.wildlife.state.us.

Now for what I consider the good news!

Youth antlerless elk licenses

Young hunters – resident or nonresident – who did not draw an elk license for the upcoming seasons can purchase one of more than 1,500 Youth Encouragement Elk Licenses available Aug. 2.
The special licenses – all for antlerless elk — will be available to any hunter younger that age 18 who did not draw a 2012-13 elk license, whether they applied or not. The licenses previously were available only to resident youths who had applied but were unsuccessful in drawing any big-game license. Sales were suspended for 24 hours beginning at 10 a.m. MDT Aug. 1, and will be reopened at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.
Under state law, youths younger that age 18 must have passed an approved hunter education course before applying or purchasing a hunting license. More information and a list of available classes are available at – HYPERLINK “http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us” www.wildlife.state.nm.us under the “Education” tab.
Available elk licenses include hunts for all weapon types in some of the most popular areas in the state.

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. Offering New Mexico Elk hunts.
We also have landowner tags available for elk hunts in New Mexico. Choose your five consecutive days between October 1 and December 31 for your New Mexico Elk hunt!

We also have landowner licenses available for elk hunts in New Mexico. Choose your five consecutive days between October 1 and December 31 for your New Mexico Elk hunt!

If you have a little hunter who wants to hunt, or who you have been trying to get more involved in hunting, here is an opportunity to take them out. Let me know how it goes. I love to hear your stories. Don’t forget to read about Mia & the Little Gal at the Women’s Outdoor News. It’s all about getting the kids outside and passing our traditions on to the next generation.

The Little Gal with her first elk!


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Preparing for a bear hunt

Hunt elk, bear, mule deer and merriam turkey with Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. - WCOMany of us are preparing for our fall hunts. I am, the Little Gal is and so is the team at Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc., (WCO). This week we did some preparing with a new friend.

We are proud to donate a hunt for one disabled hunter through Outdoor Buddies. Outdoor Buddies a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to help disabled individuals and disadvantaged youth enjoy the outdoors.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for those who have been deprived of access and enjoyment of outdoor experiences through a volunteer based non-profit organization.

This year we offered an early season black bear hunt to be auctioned at their annual fund-raiser. The auctioned hunt donation brought money to the organization (Contribute to Outdoor Buddies) and also a new friend to WCO.

We were lucky to meet with the recipient of the black bear hunt. His name is Todd and he is not only a long time member of Outdoor Buddies, but is on their board, serves as chaplain and spends endless time working in preparation for the organization’s annual banquet.

Mia Anstine meeting Outdoor Buddies WCO hunt recipient.
Mia Anstine meeting Outdoor Buddies WCO 2012 bear hunt recipient.

Todd is a disabled hunter who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Through the program he has rifle hunted antelope, deer and elk. This will be his first black bear hunt and also his first hunt via horseback.  (Keep in mind, we do have other means to get hunters to sites in the event a hunter can not ride a horse.) We always want to be prepared so we and the program president arranged a meeting so we could meet Todd and see what his capabilities and limitations would be.

Hank and Todd spent the morning getting to know one another and then tested out horseback riding.

Loading disabled hunter for horseback hunt
Hank practices loading Todd on the horse in preparation for his bear hunt.

Disabled hunter prepares for horseback hunt
Hank and Todd preparing for the disabled hunter’s fall bear hunt.

Hunter with cerebral palsey practices riding a horse.
Todd is excited to attempt his first Colorado bear hunt via horseback.

The horseback trials went well and Hank and Todd quickly became friends. The two discussed shooting positions as well as means of take for the hunt. Todd has used a rifle on previous hunts and will use one for this hunt as well. He does have plans to hunt pronghorn next month and will for the first time be using a crossbow.  The pair asked and I happily shared my TenPoint Carbon Fusion CLS with Todd for the afternoon. He practiced and became even more excited in anticipation of his 2012 hunts.

We enjoyed having the guests at the ranch in preparation, and it was a pleasure to meet a new friend. Hank and I will be working as a team to guide him. We are happy with our contribution to Outdoor Buddies and are extremely excited to help Todd on his Colorado black bear hunt.

Stay tuned!

 


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6th Annual Special Needs Horseback Ride

 

Hunt elk, bear, mule deer and merriam turkey with Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. - WCOI am proud to be a part of WCO, Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. We feel it is important to give back to the community. We offer a horseback ride each year to the Special Needs children of our community. This year’s ride was as wonderful as the past. We had plenty of help and were graced by the presence of Royalty. Archuleta County Fair Princess along with the Red Ryder Rodeo Queen and Red Ryder Rodeo Princess donated their time to assist with the kids. They along with the help of others made the ride safe, fun and successful.

We had so much fun and so many pics. Here are a few to make you smile! 

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 Smile!

Getting kids outside!


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Making Dreams Come True – Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. & Flexible Flyers take disabled boy whitewater rafting

Special needs mad white water rafting

Hunt elk, bear, mule deer and merriam turkey with Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. - WCOHere at Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. July is a month of “Giving back” to others. We were happy to participate in the Jicarilla 4-H Horse Camp earlier this month, and now we have been blessed by the visit of a group of near and dear friends from San Diego, California. We have been trying to get them to come to the gorgeous Rocky Mountains for years. Their son Tyler finally convinced them with a special request and made it happen.

Tyler is 17 years old and was born with spinal muscular atrophy, SMA. He was not expected to live beyond five years old. He is now going to be a senior in high school and is part of his school’s basketball and football team. Each day is a blessing to him. Tyler says “Make the most of everyday while you are here.” His mother, Gina, goes above and beyond to allow Tyler’s to experience as much as he can in life. Because of he and his mothers hard work and determination he has been fortunate to experience a lot of great things and meet many great people.

This year Tyler told his mom he wanted to go white water rafting. She told me his wish and Hank and I beamed. We just happen to know some very experienced raft guides that could grant this wish. We went to work right away planning the special ride down the river.

Tyler has steel rods in his spine and can not support his neck very well. It would be a challenge to support him in a raft floating down rapids. Tyler’s mom was worried about jarring caused by rapids or rocks hurting him. Some rafting companies offer a fixed, rigid chair in a raft which a rider can be strapped into. We discussed this option and determined it was going to be best to use body support our friend. This would allow him to “roll” with the waves instead of “crashing” against them.

Our special friend is ready to go white water rafting with Flexible Flyers.

Hank talked with the team at Flexible Flyer’s in Durango, Colorado. Together they arranged a float for Tyler down the Animas river. Tyler would be supported on either side Hank, who has been a raft guide for over 20 years and by his friend Donnie who helps with his home care. Their guide would be Stephen Saltsman who is a 40 year veteran raft guide. His mother, Gina felt confident he was going to be in good hands.

Tyler can mark it down in his amazing adventures that he, a young man with spinal muscular atrophy, has successfully gone white water rafting on the Animas River in Colorado!!! The smile says it all and we are proud to have helped make it happen!

Special needs mad white water rafting
The smile says it all!

 

GET KIDS OUTSIDE!!!


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WCO – Jicarilla 4-H Horse Camp for Youth

Kids were so excited after learning a bit of language to come and ride the horses.

 

Hunt elk, bear, mule deer and merriam turkey with Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. - WCOWolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. was proud to be a part of the annual Jicarilla 4-H Horse Camp in Dulce, New Mexico. The camp is offered to kids in hopes to uplift them as well as the community. The tribe has a high incidence of suicide and substance abuse, so they have designed the camp to offer the children education and insight. The camp teaches respect, responsibility, teamwork, communication and about substance abuse and how to avoid it.

Wolf Creek Outfitters brings horses to camp each year. The children pet, talk to and then ride the horses. For most, it is their first ride ever, and very exciting. The ride is more than just taking a walk on a horse. The kids are learning the whole time. We help emphasize proper care and handling of animals. We explain that many animals will treat them the same way they treat the animal. Also, the children learn how to saddle a horse. They have to work together, as a team to get the pad and then heavy saddle up onto the horse and cinch and buckle it.

Various games are played at other stations. All teaching respect & communication. They also learn about the horse, the tribe’s heritage, and self-pride. Wolf Creek Outfitters and our team enjoy helping in the cause.

Teaching the young & helping our neighbors.

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“Spend more time with your family and friends, whether it be outside, hunting, at the shooting range or around the table, savoring all life has to offer.” MM


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Draw results posted for MULE DEER Colorado – 2012

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Hey you all! Colorado 2012 draw results are posted for MULE DEER. Head over and see if you were successful. Let us know so we can firm up your spot!!! http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/DrawResultsAndPrefPoints/Pages/DrawResults_PreferencePoints.aspx

Mule Deer – Colorado

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc., WCO, offers private land Mule Deer hunts in Southwest Colorado.

The five day mule deer hunts are guided. We provide one guide per hunter. Our guides are experienced and are essential to your deer hunt. Hunt spot and stalk, horse back or stand.  We strive to make your hunt a successful one.

Licensing information: Please make yourself familiar with the regulations and licensing requirements with the Department of Wildlife CO: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/

Contract, Deposit & Payment information WCO requires all clients to enter a contract when reserving hunt dates.  A 50% deposit is required.  The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.  We accept Visa, Master & Discover Card. Note: Hunt dates are available on a first come first serve basis. A hunt is not reserved until deposit and signed contract are received.

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CO license# 2757   NM outfitter# 4735
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Draw results posted for BEAR Colorado – 2012

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. Elk hunt, bear hunt, mule deer hunt, turkey hunt, New Mexiico, Colorado

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Hey you all! Colorado 2012 draw results are posted for BEAR. Head over and see if you were successful. Let us know so we can firm up your spot!!! http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/DrawResultsAndPrefPoints/Pages/DrawResults_PreferencePoints.aspx

Black Bear – Colorado

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc., WCO, offers private land Black Bear hunts in Southwest Colorado. The areas available to hunt include, rolling hills, ponds and lush vegetation. Numerous berries and acorns offer ideal bear habitat. Join us for your black bear hunt.

The five day black bear hunts are guided. We provide one guide per hunter. Our guides are experienced and are essential to your black bear hunt. Colorado does not allow baiting of animals or the use of hounds. Hunt from a tree-stand, blind or spot and stalk.  We strive to make your hunt a successful one.

Licensing information: Please make yourself familiar with the regulations and licensing requirements with the Department of Wildlife CO: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/

Contract, Deposit & Payment information WCO requires all clients to enter a contract when reserving hunt dates.  A 50% deposit is required.  The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.  We accept Visa, Master & Discover Card. Note: Hunt dates are available on a first come first serve basis. A hunt is not reserved until deposit and signed contract are received.

Licensed, Bonded, Insured
CO license# 2757   NM outfitter# 4735
Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. is an equal opportunity service provider.

Hunting – Colorado Elk Hunting Success | Mia’s Motivations

Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc. Elk hunt, bear hunt, mule deer hunt, turkey hunt, ColoradoThe big game application deadline is drawing near for Colorado. If you plan to hunt this fall and have not already, you need to get your hunt codes together and submit your application. If you need assistance with hunt codes, contact us immediately. ~Mia Anstine, Wolf Creek Outfitters, Inc.

A story of success: Successful Elk Hunt

The first Saturday of the hunt we only saw three or four cow elk where we hunted.  We never saw or heard a bull elk. We decided to go to a different area the next day.  We rode horses for about 12 hours that day. We rode through the brush, the creeks and up the steepest mountains.  We finally heard a bull!  We dismounted quickly and quietly and weren’t even 25 feet from the horses when not one but two bulls jumped us!  It was completely unexpected by them and us.  The second I saw them I raised my rifle but they were gone in a flash. I didn’t get a shot. We continued on that day and saw three more bulls but nothing I could get a shot on. They were all in the thick, thick timber and hard to spot. We sat and listened as the bulls bugled and chuckled until dark. No elk were answering to calls and none seemed to even be moving. The ground was hard, leaves crunchy and stalking would be difficult. That first weekend gave me nothing, but I was still pumped for the next weekend to come.

The next weekend we woke up at 2:30 in the morning. We ate a light breakfast, drank our coffee and saddled the horses. We headed up to the trail head in the dark. I knew it would be cold. As we rode, I took note that I had three layers and was still chilled. We rode for three hours to an area where we had seen elk the weekend before. We stopped and waited at the edge of a meadow for daylight to come.

I stood there and shivered. My toes were cold in my 1000 gram Thinsulate boots and my fingers were frozen in my gloves.  We remained quiet and watched and listened as full light came.  We saw nothing. We heard nothing.

As the sun rose, we warmed up a little.  We began our hike in search of elk. We jumped about five cows and then tried to quietly look for a bull. The snow was frozen and crunchy. We crossed fresh elk tracks, coyote tracks and bear tracks but never did see a bull.  We made a large loop and finally came back around to our horses. We mounted and hunted our way out.   We found game trails in the snow from large elk herds on our way out. We were pumped! We studied the area and made a plan for tomorrow’s hunt.

We arrived back at the truck at 3:30 in the afternoon to see the temperature was barely 39 degrees. Back to base we headed to warm up from the day, relax and get a good night sleep. Tomorrow would be the last day and another early one.

Last day of season, and I hadn’t even gotten to see a bull through my scope yet.

We woke up at three in the morning, saddled and headed to the trail head. Today I had on an additional layer of everything. I knew it would be a long day. I was going to get something today, or at least stay out until shooting light was gone trying. The extra layers did the trick. It was still cold, but I wasn’t shivering!

We headed to the area we knew the large herd of elk had been.  We were set up before light and were ready.  We saw four cows, and then later we saw six cows, crossing through the thick timber. Never saw a bull and never heard a sound.  The elk still weren’t talking. We waited there as long as we could and then started our hike, looking for a bull. We found plenty of fresh sign, but in this snow, we could not stalk quiet enough. Today we were at least warm from the hike, but I knew it was frigid out because of the icicles that had formed on my eyelashes. We pushed on and found another good spot. We sat to wait.

We could hear the elk walking over the ridges and up the hills. We stalked; moving in very short spurts, stopping and standing, moving again. We crossed our tracks from the day before, and right across those tracks were the fresh tracks of a mountain lion.

Fresh mountain lion track.

Obviously we weren’t the only ones hunting today. These elk were getting a lot of pressure. We headed to a meadow we knew of to have lunch and make a plan for the rest of the day. At the bottom of the meadow, we came across a fresh elk rub.  There were pine needles and elk urine everywhere. This bull was mad. Still, there was never a bugle or cow call the whole morning.

We stopped to eat lunch and I consulted with my guide.  He asked my opinion and we debated on what to do.  He gave me two choices of meadows to set and wait until dark. The snow just wasn’t going to let us spot and stalk anything. We were going to have to play the odds and go with LUCK.

We decided on another area. We packed it up, hiked for a couple hours back to the horses and rode out of there.

Despite the cold (it was 38 degrees today when we got to the truck) we were soaking wet from hiking and riding by the time we got back to the truck. We decided to stop at base and change into dry gear. We didn’t want to get chilled waiting until dark in wet clothes.

After that, we rode up the trail to go get me my bull!

Sure enough we saw a bull. We stalked up through the trees.

He was in the middle of the clearing waiting for me. My guide verified he was legal, suggested the spot and BAM! There he was. The last minutes of the last day! After hiking, riding, freezing and waking up before the roosters, we found him. It was hard work, but it paid off! There is nothing more rewarding than an elk hunt!Colorado Elk Hunt

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