Jeff had been hunting a massive buck for much of the season in 2011. He spent as much time in the woods as possible to encounter this trophy white tail. It was on one such day that God showed up instead of the deer. Jeff was eyeing the tree-line when out of the blue he hears in his heart, "When will you hunt for others?"
Ummm, what? Others? He knew he wasn't thinking this up. Being a pastor, he is familiar with hearing the voice of God in his life. But he had no idea what to do with the question. So, he did what any other person has done through the ages...nothing.
Jeff knew what God had told him to do but didn't have the first clue as to where to start. How do you create waves in an arena where you don't know any of the people? Again, he asked God about this. God's response - "I know all of them."
Other hospitals and organizations began hearing about this and they too sent Jeff kids. In 2014, DHF took 25 young people deer hunting, one duck hunting and 15 fishing.
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This coming fall he has two Dream Hunt Weekends planned where 20 kids, 20 landowners, 20 guides and 20 cameramen will all meet up, eat breakfast and then head with their landowner to hunt. After their hunt, they will come back for lunch to tell their stories, laugh, fish and skin deer. How cool is that?
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I asked him how a kid gets selected for a hunt. His answer blew me away. Apart from having to have a terminal illness or affected by a disease that a hunt would not be a normal activity, every kid goes! He had an adviser tell him once that he had to begin telling kids no so as to control the growth. His response was priceless - "That's fine. You be the one to call and tell that kid they have been turned down."
It's because of a great big heart in this great big man that businesses are sponsoring hunts left and right for DHF. To date, not one child has been turned down due to money. If you would like to sponsor a hunt, give Jeff a call or en email from the Dream Hunt Foundation website.
If you know a young person ages 8-18 who fits the criteria and wants to hunt or fish, the application can be downloaded Here.
You might ask, "Doesn't the Make A Wish Foundation do this?" The answer is NO! Make A Wish does an amazing job however, they will not grant a young person any adventure that involves a firearm. Thanks to The Dream Hunt Foundation for filling a void and giving some young people the thrill of a lifetime.