I went to Missouri for an Elk hunt. It took us
nine hours to get there. My Dad, Mom, and brother went too. We
spent the night in Kirksville. We met John Bender for breakfast
and then went to his ranch. He lives about 15 miles from where
we were staying. Once we got to his ranch, he showed us around
and I saw the Elk that I would be shooting later that day. It
was bigger than I thought it would be! John’s son Hunter
was there with us too. John has a pond that has catfish in it.
He fed them so that I could see how big some of them were. John
took us to his Uncle’s house to see the deer that he raises
and he also had two Siberian tigers. It was nice to see the big
deer up close. My brother got too close to one of the tigers and
the tiger peed on him. We all thought that was pretty funny. We
had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and then headed back to John’s
ranch to hunt the elk.
We were ready to hunt the elk so I got in John’s rhino,
my Dad was in the back and John was driving. We tracked down the
elk and were able to get a good shot. I used my Dad’s 300
weatherby to shoot it. I was so excited to be shooing that big
animal that it was hard to pull the trigger. I asked my Dad as
soon as I shot the gun if I got a good shot. He said that I did.
It was so awesome and I got an animal bigger than my brother did
last year!! He only got a three-point buck.
It took 4 guys to load the elk on a trailer so that we could
take it back to John’s barn because the meat processor was
waiting for us.
After the hunt I was so excited that I could hardly sleep that
night. I called Linda from the hotel room and thanked her for
a great hunt and a BIG elk!
We continued our trip to Springfield, Missouri where we took
a jeep tour through some Caverns. We toured the Bass Pro Shop
Museum that they have in Springfield too. It was very cool to
see the different kinds of mounts that were there. A lot of Fred
Bear’s things were in the museum.
The next day we drove to Branson. In Branson we rode the Ducks,
a vehicle that goes on land and water. It was a pretty cool ride.
We went to the Body exhibit that was there too. The last day before
we left, we rented a pontoon for the day and fished in Table Rock
Lake. We didn’t catch anything, but it was fun anyway.
On the way home, we had to strap the elk horns to the top of
our vehicle, as they were too big to put in the back and they
smelled a lot too.
Linda and Andy came over the next day to hear about my hunt and
to take the hide. We cooked some elk that night too and everyone
had a taste.
Thank you Benefit4Kids for making my dream hunt come true!!
Benefit4Kids paid for the family’s lodging, food, travel
expenses, outfitter, meat processing and taxidermist for Branden’s
Branden harvested his 6x6, close to 1,000 lb bull elk at John
Benders Outdoor Adventures in Green Castle MO. Also thank you
to Days Inn of Kirksville for the room discount and to Stillwaters
Condominums for the discount of the condo for the families use.