December, 2022

Vol 38, No 12

Check out the latest Outdoor Buddies outdoor adventures!

2023 Is Almost Here!

Guidelines For Submitting Outdoor Buddies Hunt Requests

I hope this article finds all of you doing well and enjoying the outdoors!

I want to thank all of the volunteers that work hard all year to manage the hunting program! THANK YOU!

Here at Outdoor Buddies we are busy with big game hunts through out the state of Colorado! 

All of the disabled hunters that had put in a 'hunt request’ for 2022 that were blessed to be placed on one of our big game hunts through the Outdoor Buddies big game process have either gone on your outdoor adventure or will be going on your adventure! 

Our all-volunteer hunt committee works very hard throughout the year to place as many disabled hunters on the Outdoor Buddies hunt slots we have here in Colorado.

We have found that we need to change a few rules of our “hunt request” process to help us better place folks in a fair way depending on each person’s disabilities.

1. Before any disabled member of Outdoor Buddies submits a hunt request they HAVE TO HAVE A “SHOOT FROM A VEHICLE”ACCOMODATION FROM THE COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE!

2. All applicants that are placed on an Outdoor Buddies big game hunt, whether it is elk, deer or pronghorn can be placed on one of our hunt slots throughout Colorado! There are no longer specific areas to request.

3. If your disability qualifies you to in role in the CPW’s 

“mobility-impaired program” we ask that you sign up for it and let us know that you have been accepted into the “mobility-impaired program."

4. If you cancel a hunt you will forfeit the chance to draw a hunt with Outdoor Buddies hunting programs the following year. Of course if there are medical reasons for the cancelation we understand.

Folks, please keep in mind that if you cancel a hunt then we might not be able to fill that hunt slot because of licensing issues or it is just to short of notice.

This is not a new rule but I think it needs to be mentioned.

5. All disabled folks submitting a hunt request must read and understand all of the rules and guidelines that are on our website to participate in the Outdoor Buddies hunting programs. 

All disabled hunters may start submitting “hunt requests” for the Outdoor Buddies big game hunting program January 1st 2023.

If any of you have any questions or ideas that can help us give you a better outdoor experience please contact me Larry Sanford , President of Outdoor Buddies and Hunt committee chairman at or 970-218-5356.

Thank you, 

-Larry Sanford, Outdoor Buddies President

In Memory of Sandy Rothman

Sandy's family has provided his obituary to share with Outdoor Buddies. Sandy, you will be dearly missed.

Sanford (Sandy) Rothman (November 1, 1946 – December 1, 2022)

When Sandy could no longer enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of sour cherry pie, he realized that his almost three-year scuffle with multiple myeloma was not going as he had hoped. 

Sanford Barry Rothman was born November 1,1946 to Rose and Max. He and his sister, Lynn, were raised in Brooklyn and Queens New York. His lifelong love of the outdoors began with many family summers spent in the Catskill Mountains. This led to his passion for the outdoors from fishing the Boundary Waters to Ride the Rockies and countless hunting trips that were mostly about “taking his gun for a walk”. 

After leaving New York, Sandy served in the Air Force and married Henrietta Brandrup in Cheyanne, Wyoming. They settled in Boulder where he worked for the Sheriff’s Department. Sandy graduated from C.U. Boulder with a degree in Psychology. He later became a Licensed Clinical Therapist and worked at the Mental Health Center. He was very proud of the successful P.A.C.E. program providing mental health treatment through the Boulder County Jail. Sandy married Marilyn Fowler and became a stepparent to Leah and Aaron Rogers.

Sandy on an outdoor adventure with his granddaughter, Esther

His many hobbies included building wooden canoes, fly fishing and tying, camping, canoeing, the Boulder Rifle Club, woodworking and in later years walking his dogs and visiting with his dear neighbors. He was also an excellent back-seat driver, and spent many hours in his overstuffed garage, tinkering with every tool under the sun.

Sandy was a dear and cherished friend to many, a great listener and teacher. He was kind and patient (unless you were a family member holding a flashlight for him) and he was always willing to help anyone in need. He is survived by his children Jessica (Boaz), Susannah, Jeff (Meagan) and his grandchildren Max, Tomer, Esther, Matilda, Sam, Isiah, Annie and his sister, Lynn, cousins, and his sweet dog Bella. Sandy was preceded in death by his ex-wife Henrietta, his parents, and his beloved son-in-law Ivan Santamaria.

Donations may be made in Sandy’s memory to these organizations that were close to his heart:

  • YMCA of Northern Colorado ( where he took a Parkinson’s fitness class
  • Outdoor Buddies ( or 4927 Country Road 36, Suite A, Fort Collins, CO 80523).

Three Generations of Outdoorsmen

Jack enjoyed an antelope hunt with his grandpa, dad, and brother on a youth antelope hunt

A family memory! Terry Gleason (grandfather) Ben Schreiner (dad), Luke (brother) and Jack worked together to make Jack's hunt a success

Outdoor Buddies provides young hunters like me the opportunity that only a very few get to cross off of their bucket lists: harvesting a big game animal that provides for their family. The feeling of knocking down an antelope after a few unsuccessful stalks is unparalleled. 

Having to wake up at 5 am with an hour and a half drive up to the Meadow Springs Ranch all was worth it when we finally arrived. We signed our papers and loaded the trucks and headed up to the range. After releasing a few shots from the 6.5 Creedmoor, I was finally ready to take down my animal. 

I had a nice conversation with my dad, Ben Schreiner, and our knowledgeable guide, Larry Sanford, as we searched the land for animals. As we spotted our first herd, we made the decision not to pursue them due to being on the fence line of Soapstone, a neighboring ranch. We kept on moving and we eventually came across our first opportunity. We spotted a herd on a plateau and we tried our best to stay below the hill line. We parked the trucks and quietly made our way up the hill on foot. As we crested the top, Larry made sure to ask me if my gun is loaded and I assure him it is. 

We snuck into position, and got the rifle set in the tripod. I lined my sights on a decent sized buck and was ready to fire. As I had my finger on the trigger, a doe walked right behind it. I took my finger off of the trigger and waited for it to pass. I re-steadied myself and squeezed the trigger, and click, there was no round in the chamber. As I quickly scrambled to load one, the antelope ran off. We walked back to the trucks and talked about how it would have been boring to get one that early, but we really knew we just weren’t prepared. 

We kept driving and caught a group crossing a fence line. We preformed the “city worker sneak,” which consists of trying to blend in as a city worker to not frighten the antelope. Larry told me to get out of the truck and line up on one of them. My dad got out and grabbed the tripod while I lay down and took aim. I chose a nice sized doe and made sure I was loaded. I put the crosshairs right above its heart and squeezed the trigger, and BOOM! A shot rang out and I heard Larry shout that he thought I hit it. 

We waited a moment and drove towards what we thought was an antelope. We parked the truck and were prepared to fire again if it was still alive. As we walked up, we realize I had done it. I was successful in harvesting my first antelope. We get some group pictures, and then Larry gave me a crash course on how to gut an antelope. 

I would like to thank Outdoor Buddies and CPW for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity and a memory I will never forget.


Nothing Is Impossible

Paralympic skier and long-time Outdoor Buddies member Jasmin Bambur shares the story of his Craig antelope buck hunt

My name is Jasmin Bambur. I am US Paralympic Alpine Skiing athlete. I competed in my forth Paralympic games in Beijing. Training full time as a professional and taking care of my family makes free time a scarce luxury. I also run a urological medical supply company, U-Med Inc. I love fishing and hunting, but I have trouble finding the time. This hunting season was little bit different.

I am taking year off from ski racing, so now I have more time to do other things that I love. I connected with Outdoor Buddies almost 10 years ago. I was very fortunate to find them and lucky enough to go on several antelope and elk hunts. I am a T-9 paraplegic, and figuring the logistics of having a disability while hunting proved challenging. The first time I contacted Larry, I was little skeptical about if I would be able to pull it off. He was very certain that there would be no problems. Eight years ago, my first hunt was an antelope hunt near Cheyenne and we actually got one!

This year I was invited to go with Terry to Craig, Colorado and hunt antelope again. I was very exited and honored to have the opportunity to hunt with Outdoor Buddies on private land. Our hunt started with the standard 4:30 AM wake up call. We got some food and drinks, reorganized the truck and met with Albert the rancher. He was a super nice guy with tons of experience. We drove off from the hotel parking lot and after a short drive, we were on the dirt roads looking for my buck. As soon as we pulled into the ranch, we saw some antelope, but they were all female.

Th hunt continued for several more hours. We saw tons of deer, but no more antelope. We never got discouraged, but the waiting part was not my favorite. I am a ski racer and like things to move fast. Albert made a phone call to some of his buddies, and they immediately pointed us in the right directions.

We drove for another 20 minutes, and there they were! Twenty beautiful antelope including two big bucks. We slowly drove into the field. It was fairly flat and easy to access.

We angled the truck just right, I set my rifle on the window and started adjusting the scope. The distance was 390 yards. I waited several moments for my buck to get in the right position, but he was more occupied with running after his girlfriends. Chasing girls can be deadly sometimes.

Finally, he stopped and I took the shot quickly but we didn't drop him. He was still standing, wounded but still walking. I quickly reloaded and took another shot, but missed. My friend Zee was driving us around so I told him to get us closer and flank him on the top of the ridge. We drove 200 yards and found him standing alone again. I took another shot and he finally dropped. We were all cheering and high fiving each other. Our truck exploded with joy. Our hunt was a great success. He was a nice buck with about 15 inch antlers. I plan to mount him on the wall above our front door.

The meat was absolutely delicious. We had about 40 people enjoy hearty Hungarian antelope goulash at my house with a ton of my favorite drink, Serbian Rakija. My neighbors call it "jet fuel".

I would like to give a big thank you to Terry and Outdoor Buddies for this amazing experience filled with lifelong memories.

-Jasmin Bambur

Coming Soon: Outdoor Buddies Booth at the International Sportsmen's Expo 2023

January 12-15

Colorado Convention Center

Volunteers Needed!

The holidays and the end of 2022 are right around the corner, and we all have something to look forward to at the start of 2023! It will soon be time for the much anticipated International Sportsmen's Expo, and Outdoor Buddies will be there! As the new year starts, we will be kicking off our annual raffle ticket sales and we would love to see you at our booth at the ISE.

Volunteers will be needed! 

We need members to assist selling raffle tickets and sharing the mission of Outdoor Buddies with our community of outdoorsmen. If you would like to come help out at our ISE booth, please contact our board members below to get involved.

Terry Gleason


Steve Medberry


See you there!

Annual Clay Shoot and Raffle

August 5th, 2023

As we look forward to another exciting new year of outdoor experiences, it is time to begin preparations for the annual clay shoot fundraiser and raffle drawing of 2023! In the tradition of previous years, the event will be hosted at Colorado Clays and will include a benefit clay shoot for individuals, teams, and corporate sponsors. We will also be hosting a silent auction, bucket raffle, and of course the much anticipated drawing of winners of the 2023 raffle fundraiser! As an all-volunteer organization, Outdoor Buddies counts on your participation to make accessible outdoor experiences a reality.

Raffle prizes will be announced as we begin the new year. Best of luck, and we hope to see you at the clay shoot this year!

Corporate sponsorships will be available for $1500 per team of four.

Individual teams will be available for $400 per team of four, or $100 per person.

Can't wait to see you there!

Recipe: Elk Chilli

Recipe by: Jorja Ewing


Do you like chili? Do you like wild game meat like elk, moose and venison?Do you like easy homemade food that tastes great?

If YES then you are going to love this easy Best Elk Chili Recipe.

There are plenty of chili recipes out there and over the years my family and I have tried many of them. I think this is the best Elk chili recipe because it is so easy and flexible. You can substitute the elk meat and have moose chili or venison chili or even beef chili. They all taste great. You can use ground elk, moose, or venison meat. If you prefer cube the game meat up into bite-sized pieces.

The ingredients for the best Elk Chili are simple to adjust up or down depending on how much meat you are cooking.


This list is on a per-pound basis.

This will serve a hungry family of four easily with leftovers for the next day!

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Elk Meat
  • (or moose or venison)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Shake of Pepper
  • 1 cup of corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes (28oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15oz)
  • Dash tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 – 2 cups of water or beef (broth/stock).
  • 1 can of red kidney beans (15oz) (drained)
  • 1 can of black beans (15oz) (drained)
  • Sour cream to serve on top


  1. Using the Olive Oil Brown the meat and onions in a Dutch oven or any other heavy based pan.
  2. Add the garlic and give a quick stir.
  3. Add peppers, tomatoes, corn, herbs and spices. Give it a stir.
  4. Add the beef stock/broth or water.
  5. Add Tabasco and brown sugar. Give it a stir.
  6. Bring to the boil for a couple of minutes then reduce to a simmer
  7. Add Beans. Give it a stir.
  8. Simmer in the pot on a stove or in a Dutch oven for 2 hours. Stir every half hour or so.
  9. If using cubed game meat I like to cook it for an extra half hour or so until the meat is very tender.
  10. If the Elk chili is getting too thick simply add more water or broth/stock and stir.
  11. Serve with sour cream on top.

  • You can also add some Avocado, chopped green onions, grated cheese, corn chips, crackers or crusty bread to serve on the side.


Upcoming Events

Outdoor Buddies Board of Directors Meeting - Location TBD

Board meeting starting at 6:30pm. Non-board members are welcome in-person or via phone; please RSVP in advance. See full meeting schedule below.

Jan 10

Larry Sanford

(970) 218-5356

International Sportsmen's Expo

Outdoor Buddies will staff a booth at the expo. Members are invited to visit our booth to purchase raffle tickets. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booth.

Jan 12-15

Terry Gleason


Outdoor Buddies Pheasant Hunt at Drake Land Farms

near Goodrich, Colorado.

All day event starting at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be served. Shooting is reserved for disabled members and youth.

*Please RSVP in advance*

March 19

Larry Sanford

(970) 218-5356

Spring Hunter Sight-in at Green Mill Sportsman’s Club 2490 County Rd 3, Erie.

Big bore and pistol ranges are reserved starting at 8:00 AM

April (TBD)

Bill Gowdy

(303) 489-9411

Outdoor Buddies Family Day at

Swift Ponds

Everyone is welcome! There will be free admittance, free food, and lots of fishing, shooting, games and demonstrations.

June (TBD)

Larry Sanford

(970) 218-5356

Shoot From a Vehicle Event

Participants and volunteers will have the opportunity to practice the process of shooting from a vehicle. Contact Larry Sanford to sign up.

July (TBD)

Larry Sanford

(970) 218-5356

Outdoor Buddies Sporting Clays Event at Colorado Clays Shooting Park

*Raffle Drawing*

All day sporting clays shoot and fundraiser event at Colorado Clays LLC 13600 Lanewood Street Brighton, Colorado.

Aug 5

Larry Sanford

(970) 218-5356

Shoot From a Vehicle Event

Participants and volunteers will have the opportunity to practice the process of shooting from a vehicle. Contact Larry Sanford to sign up.

July (TBD)

Larry Sanford

(970) 218-5356

Outdoor Buddies is managed by its Board of Directors
Larry Sanford

Nicholas Filler

Christopher Nowak

Terry Gleason

Kevin Kassner
(303) 946-2502 

Matt Camilleri

Tony Hodges

Nate Lucht
(970) 219-8817

Steve Medberry

Edgar Munoz

Jim Piper

Frederick Solheim
Director-Warriors on Cataract
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Non-board members are welcome. Please RSVP in advance.

Meetings are held from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the locations and dates below.

Dec 13 - Sportsman's Warehouse (Thornton)

January 10 - Location TBD

February 7 - Location TBD

March 14 - Location TBD

April 11 - Location TBD

May 9 - Location TBD

June 13 - Location TBD

July 11 - Location TBD

August 1 - Location TBD

September 12 - Location TBD

October (no meeting)

November 14 - Location TBD

December 12 - Location TBD

Event Calendar
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