Several months ago, I ran across a post on Facebook about a free hunt in Missouri for veterans. After checking out the page, i learned that this outfitter, B4 Outdoors, also had a charity that gave away free hunts for Veterans and first responders. I entered my name but didn’t win.
A few weeks later I saw where they were giving away 2 rifles hunts for Missouri Youth Weekend for 2 kids that were either the child of a first responder or veteran. I entered Channing and a few weeks later Kevin Rhodes, founder of B4 Outdoors, text me to let me know Channing had been selected and we made our plans to make the trip for the Halloween weekend hunt.
We made the 9.5hr trek on Friday and met with Kevin, Russell (camera guy) and the other hunters, Drew and his daughter Lexi.
Saturday morning was awesome with great weather and decent deer movement. We caught a glimpse of a nice buck moving through the thick brush and even heard him grunting a few times.
That evening we snuck into the same stand and waited for the deer to start moving. Nothing but a Possum until a little after 6pm. Then I noticed a huge bodied deer at the other end of the field. When the deer picked his head up, i saw the rack and started prepping Channing for the shot. The deer was working the field edge toward us but was stopping every few feet to make a scrape.
At around 150yds, he turned away from us and it was a now or never situation. Channing steadied the rifle and when he touched off that 7mm Rem Mag, I watched the buck fall in his tracks
Happiness and excitement overtook both of us! A big Missouri whitetail had fallen and we were over the moon.
I can’t thank my wife and Brooks enough for making sure that Channing and I got to experience this whole trip and make these memories! We love y’all!
This hunt was amazing and the experience as a whole was unforgettable. The lodging is top notch, in the middle of the Missouri hardwoods, Kevin is a great host, Russell is a super funny guy and pretty reputable bow hunter in his own right. The camaraderie and hunting camp experience was refreshing and relaxing. We are truly blessed and look forward to going back to B4 in the future as clients.
Greg Rutherford, Veteran/Law Enforcement
Missouri Youth Rifle Hunt Recipient, October 2022