13 year old Michael Frame from Zanesville OH,
wish was to go to Alaska Caribou hunting so in September of 2005
he got his wish. This hunt has been Michaels dream for quite some
time now and recently made a reality because of Benefit4Kids.
Michael suffers from Langerhans cell Histiocytosis (LCH). In English,
a person who suffers from LCH suffers from an uneven amount of
white blood cells which then leads to many other problems, going
as far as attacking the bone, if not detected. Michael is in remission
currently and doing great!
Well, I got up at 3:00 A.M. and waited for Dean and Karen my
grandma and grandpa to take Scott and I to Columbus International
airport. I have never been on an airplane before so I was a little
scared about that. But I was really excited about my hunt for
caribou in Alaska. I got onto the airplane and was ready for the
app. 17-hour trip. I was really surprised of the experience of
going to airport to airport.
We had finally got to Bethel Alaska and met up with Don Lietzau
of World Trek Safari. We went to the hanger to put our gear there
for the night till the next morning so we could head out to the
field and while we were there we met Wade Renfro of Renfro‘s
Alaskan Adventures who was the outfitter for this hunt. Next we
went to the Bed and Breakfast, the people who ran the Bed and
Breakfast, Dr. Jane McClure and Dr. Bill Eggimann, where so kind
and it was nice for them to have all of us there.
The next day we were ready to head out and by this point I was
really excited to finally, after a year and a half, head into
the tundra of Alaska to hunt. I flew out with Wade and Lou Limchayseng,
who had booked a hunt with Wade also, for the hour flight. We
got to my camp and I was about to meet one of the people I will
never forget, and that would be Henry Duhaylongsod, who had helped
raise money for my hunt so we had became best friends in a second.
I was anxious to meet my guide, so then I meet Terry Mangold and
his bother Tim Mangold who is also a guide for Wade. They both
were very up to date on the caribou movement and safety. Terry
and I hit it right off fast.
Don and Scott came about two hours later. I had been glassing
for anything to move, and I looked over by Henrys gut pile and
I see a big bear. I was excited because if I had seen something
this quick I knew it was going to be a good hunt for sure. By
the way I was going to be shooting a 50. Caliber T/C omega muzzleloader.
So I went to bed early that night so I could get a good nights
The next day I got up and had a great breakfast and got a jump
on the giant herd of caribou that Scott had spotted. We got our
gear together and the chase was on! We had got closer to the herd
and had spotted two good bulls. By this time my heart was pounding.
Wouldn’t you know it the wind had changed so the herd had
smelled us and ran down the mountain.
Then we decided to walk to what was called “The Knob”.
The herd that we had been watching ran right down the side of
the mountain. The one bull I had my eye on finally gave me a good
look at him and I had realized that he had a tree limb in his
rack so we all had a laugh about that. We had some more caribou
come in but nothing was a shooter.
The next day we got up with spirits high. I had went down over
the hill to look at the view of the river and realized that a
parky squirrel was chasing me. I knew Terry wanted to shoot one
to mount with his Bear Mount, so I slowly walked up and got him
and he head shot it!
Later I had finally spotted a herd of caribou in the bottom in
front of us. We had moved closer and had saw one nice bull. So
Terry, Scott and Don who was video taping my hunt, and I got 160
yards from a herd of about 75 caribou, But the wind had change
again and they had winded us. We went to leave for camp and I
look behind us and there are about ten to fifteen caribou 300
yards but nothing would work out.
I got up the next day, and I knew I would shoot sometime but
little did I know it was going to be today! We went to the river
to take a look, and we saw a wolverine. That was cool to see but
I had my eye set on a caribou. We get to the river and saw a lot
of caribou and a wolf. We had seven cows close enough to get my
We then see the herd I took my bull out of and saw one good bull.
It was 5:15 when I made the decision to make the two and a half-hour
stalk straight up the mountain. We got to the herd and Terry,
Don and I went up to the raise while Scott stayed back while we
stalked 80 yards around a ledge to get a good angle to shoot.
We stalked around and I got my gun up on my backpack and looked
thought the scope and saw the bull! I didn't look at the rack
at all. All of the hunt Terry told me behind the shoulder and
spilt a hair. Don was right behind my shoulder video taping the
shot. I was told to wait till he stood up and I did. He stood
up and I shot. We got right up and ran to the sight. I had made
an awesome shot! I wait for Scott to come up and I picked up the
rack and I will never forget these next couple of minutes. By
the time we got it gutted out, quartered out and packed up it
was 7:30. We walk two and a half-hours in the dark “that
A couple of days later we got picked up Wade came in the Mull
and randy a pilot for wade came in the Super Cub to get us and
our gear out. And went back to the hanger and I started cutting
all the meat off the bone. The next day we flew out for Ohio.
We got to the airport in Columbus Ohio and got hugs from mom,
grandma, and grandpa!
Well I had a trip for a lifetime and it was because of Benefit4Kids!
This is a great origination that helps sick kids and I think it
is so cool they do that! I would love to say Thank You to everyone
who made my hunt possible like... Steve Pray and family, Al Baggett,
Don Lietzau, Terry Mangold, Henry Duhaylongsod, and Wade Renfro.
Thank you once again to everyone…
Thank you goes out to all those involved with make this trip
a reality for Michael. First off, thank you goes to Don Lietzau
and World Trek Safaris Consultants and Wade Renfro from Renfro’s
Alaskan Adventures. Both these men offer first class operations!
This trip never would have been possible without these guys and
a great deal of gratitude goes out to the both of them! I would
also like to thank Kurt Norby and the entire Safari Club Alaska
Chapter, Henry Duhaylongsod and his Dick Pacific employees, Gus
and Geri Gillespie, Delano Lietzau from Wagon Wheel Kennels, and
the band “Attention Deficit Disorder” for all sponsoring
this hunt and making Michaels dream a reality! A big thank you
goes out to the State of Alaska for donating Michaels tag and
license, and Frank Pieper of Franks Taxidermy out of Eagle River
Alaska for donating the time and effort to do a fabulous job on
a mount so Michael can look up and see that mount everyday which
will then trigger his memory to a flash back of this trip and
keep that smile on his face for the rest of his life!