May, 2021
Vol 37, No 5
Check out the latest Outdoor Buddies outdoor adventures!
COVID-19 Updates
Events Calendar: Please note that all future events listed below are scheduled as of the sending of this newsletter, but changes are expected as we move forward. As the COVID situation continues to develop, some events may need to be canceled or rescheduled pending current and projected conditions. Thank you for your understanding.

Please be aware that Outdoor Buddies will be following all state and local guidelines for our events, including the mandated use of masks and social distancing. If you have a fever or other flu-like symptoms, have traveled out of state in the past 2 weeks, or have been in close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19, please do not attend these events. Furthermore, if you are in a high-risk category, carefully consider your risk before attending. Participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to attending events until further notice.

We will be continuing to update our events and precautions as the situation develops. Thank you for your patience, optimism, and understanding. Hope all is well with you and yours!
Outdoor Buddies Upcoming Raffle Fundraiser
New this year: tickets available for purchase online!
Drawing to be held at the Outdoor Buddies Clay Shoot, August 7th
Welcome to the 2021 Outdoor Buddies Raffle. These past months have been a big challenge for all of us. Outdoor Buddies had to cancel both the 2020 and 2021 banquets due to the pandemic. The banquet which provides a chance to connect with lots of folks is also a major fundraiser so the loss of that revenue really impacted our operating budgets!

Our Mission 

Improve the quality of life by providing opportunities through an all-volunteer organization for those who have been deprived of enjoying outdoor experiences. These opportunities are available to all with no additional costs (other than personal expenses) and no discrimination due to race, creed, religion, sex or family status.
Outdoor Buddies is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that was founded in 1984 by representatives of Craig Rehabilitation Hospital and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Originally focused on spinal cord disabilities, Outdoor Buddies programs now assist those disabled from a wide variety of causes. In addition, we also have robust youth, novice hunter and disabled veterans programs.

By purchasing raffle tickets, you not only get a chance at some super prizes, but your donations also allow us to conduct more outdoor adventures for an ever-expanding group of disabled participants! Be assured that as an all-volunteer organization your donations will be used only for program support. We are proud of our ability to deliver memorable outdoor adventures without any compensation to those that so generously provide their time.

To purchase tickets, please contact:
Terry Gleason


Tony Hodges
Next In-Person Raffle Ticket Sales Event:
Thornton Cabelas
June 5-6
Raffle Items
Come Join Us For
Family Day!
Saturday, May 22nd
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
We are excited to announce that our annual Family Day event will be held on Saturday, May 22nd this year!

Please bring your family and friends to enjoy the day with Outdoor Buddies! Bring your sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters to make memories and build relationships.

There will be catch and release fishing, archery, and BB gun shooting available. Due to ammunition shortages this year, we will not be hosting trap shooting at this event. Swift Ponds has handicap-accessible fishing docks for those on wheels.

There will be equipment available for each of the activities, but please feel free to bring your own fishing equipment.

We ask that participants please bring their own lunches to enjoy. Light single serve snacks and refreshments will be provided.

We will have on hand the Outdoor Buddies shuttle bus, track chairs, Bad Boy Buggy, Arctic Cat UTV, and ATV with go-getter to help those who need assistance in getting to the different activities.

Come and have a fun filled day with your family and friends!

Directions to Swift Ponds: Take Interstate 25 north to Windsor Exit 262, turn right onto Highway 392. Take Highway 392 east to County Rd. 5, turn left onto County Rd. 5. Take County Rd. 5 north to County Rd. 36 (Ketchter Road). Turn Left onto County Rd. 36, the Swift Ponds gate will be on your left.

For more information, please contact Larry Sanford at (970) 218-5356 
Rich Cori Memorial Sight-In at Green Mill Sportsman’s Club July 24, 2021
Green Mill Sportsman’s Club is hosting an Outdoor Buddies sight-in at their facility to honor the memory of Richard (Rich) Cori who passed away on July 28, 2015. Rich was a staunch supporter of Outdoor Buddies and served on its Board of Directors for several years.

The event will be held on Saturday, July 24th and is intended to help our mobility-impaired hunters prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Please bring the rifle and ammo you will be hunting with, as well as any adaptive equipment you plan to use.

Participants will be limited at this event so make your reservations soon. To reserve your spot at the sight-in please contact Bill Gowdy at (303) 489-9411 or

COVID-19 Information
Masks will be required at the event. Shooters are asked to bring their own mask. Shooters should also bring their own eye and ear protection. Hand sanitizer will be available for participants.

Range changes
We are scheduled to use three ranges: Big Bore, Law Enforcement (LE) long range and Pistol. We will only use every-other shooting bench to keep separation enforced.

There is no charge for the event & light refreshments will be served. Accessible restrooms are available.

Location – Go three miles west of I-25 (Exit 232) to Bonanza, take first left at Green Mill Road (dirt road) and continue for ¾ mile to the facility.

Eligibility – Outdoor Buddies Mobility-Impaired Members and their Helpers. Youth (under age 18) who possess a hunter safety card are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult relative or guardian. Outdoor Buddies mobility-impaired members will be given an opportunity to shoot first, before others. If you are hunting with Outdoor Buddies this year, make sure to bring the rifle and ammo you plan on using for your hunt.

Registration – Registration will begin at approximately 8:00 AM and shooting will start at approximately 9:00 AM. A valid driver’s license, passport, or other photo identification is required and a liability waiver must be completed by all attendees.

Ranges – Rifle ranges with 25, 50, 100, and 200 yard targets are available. A pistol range is also available for use upon request. Range qualified personnel will provide assistance. Targets, spotting scopes, shooting benches, and sandbags are provided.

Eye and ear protection are required! Keep in mind that in an effort to keep equipment clean, borrowed eyes/ears may be limited depending on health guidelines on the date of the event. Sporting rifles, handguns, and black powders guns are okay.

No fully automatic weapons will be allowed.
Please Join Us for the 2021 Outdoor Buddies Sporting Clays Shoot, Saturday August 7th
For the seventh consecutive year, Outdoor Buddies is honored to hold the annual Sporting Clays Tournament at Colorado Clays Shooting Park. Whether you have a disability or are able bodied, we need your support to make the clay shoot a success.

Volunteers will help run the stations and guide participants through the course. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at to sign up as a volunteer.

Conveniently located just 30 minutes northeast of Denver, only 6 miles from Denver International Airport, an easy drive from the entire Colorado “Front Range”, Colorado Clays Shooting Park offers the region’s most complete shooting range experience.

Please Come Join Us at Colorado Clays! We would love for you to join us for this fun-filled day in the outdoors. Please go to the Outdoor Buddies website and register now! Click the button below to register.

We are very grateful for our generous sponsors.
Drawing for our raffle fundraiser will take place at the clay shoot this year. Do not need to be present to win. Don't forget to buy tickets!
Recipe: 5-Spice BBQ Rub
Recipe by: Chef Dave Lucht, see references
This simple but flavorful rub can be used with any recipe, and is especially delicious for smoked meats!

  • 5-spice powder 2 T
  • Ginger powder 1 T
  • Garlic powder 1 t
  • Honey 3 T
  • Kosher salt 1 t
  • White pepper 1 t
  • Soy sauce ¾ cup


Combine all ingredients and mix well. Rub generously on all sides of protein. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours.

Remove protein, rinse and pat dry. Rub with additional seasoning if desired and smoke at low temp 175-225 until done. Best for Red Game meats.
Chef Dave Lucht
Ciao Pizzaria & Trattoria, Eugene, OR
Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts
Upcoming Events
Outdoor Buddies is managed by its Board of Directors
Larry Sanford

Nicholas Filler
Vice President

Christopher Nowak

Terry Gleason

Kevin Kassner
(303) 946-2502
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.

Please note that pending current restrictions these meetings may be held by phone instead of an in-person meeting.

June 8 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
July 13 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Aug 10 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Sept 14 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Nov 9 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Dec 14 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse