November, 2020
Vol 36, No 11
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!
Great Times Antelope Hunting
Uriah H. with his first pronghorn. Nice work!
John McGuire (above) and Colt Weber (below)
Todd Bacon (not pictured) shares his experience at the antelope hunts:

I would like to thank Larry Sanford for allowing me to volunteer at this year’s antelope hunt. I had a great time working with Dan Brown again and some of the other volunteers! It was fun to fellowship with old friends and make a few new ones too. It was also great to look at the excitement in people’s faces as they returned to the check-in station with their harvest, and of course listen to the stories of how they got their antelope! I saw a great video of a young lady shooting her antelope and then jumping up and down with joy! I hope that video will be shown at the next banquet. It was a time filled with fun and laughter. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless all the volunteers, members, and their families! I hope to see you all again at another Outdoor Buddies event!

-Sincerely, Todd Bacon
Congrats on your first antelope, Betty Harrison!
After living in Colorado for 21 years, and trying for antelope tags in Pawnee and private property by pawnee, it took becoming disabled and getting the chance to hunt with a disabled hunting group, Outdoor Buddies, to finally get my antelope. Opening day Oct 3, 2020 by 11:30am. What a rush and what a great experience!! If you’re disabled, disabled vet or even a youth OR adult doing your first ever colorado hunt, this is the group to sign up with! 

-Betty Harrison
Never Too Old to Start Hunting
At 75 years old I decided I wanted to hunt because my husband Rob spends a lot of time with Outdoor Buddies as an able-bodied guide. He works with Dwaine Robey and Patrick Nichols to coordinate and guide big game hunts for mobility impaired hunters in the Westcliffe area. This demands a lot of his personal time and expenses related to using his personal vehicle for the hunts. However, Rob finds it very rewarding to assist those who need some help to be able to enjoy outdoor experiences and make everlasting memories.

I have been a member of Outdoor Buddies for many years and have helped with meals and functions but never hunted. I applied for elk and deer licenses for the first time this year and was awarded both, YEAH!!!

That meant that Rob had to buy me a rifle that would handle both and we decided on the 6.5 Creedmoor. Then we had to go buy all the other stuff; bullet, boots, vest, jacket and backpack. Right before we left the house, Rob took the picture of me with my colors
LeeAnn prepares to go to the range to practice and sight in her new rifle.
Now that I have my rifle it was time to sight it in. I have never shot a rifle with a scope before and it was a learning experience. I couldn’t find anything in the scope, it just kept jumping around. Practice makes perfect, after 20 shots I was within a softball size target at 100 yards and that was enough for that day. I went home with a bruise the size of a softball on my upper arms because I wasn’t holding the butt of the rifle tight to my arm.

Had to wait for my arm to heal, about 3 or 4 weeks, then we went back to shoot some more. By this time, I had to shoot holding the rifle standing up instead of sitting at the bench. This is when Rob told me “It’s different putting the cross hairs on an animal than a target and the recoil would disappear.”

Now it was time for my first hunt and we left to go to the ranch.

Just my luck, right before we got to the gate there were 4 nice does and when we got into the ranch there wasn’t any to be found, now you know why it’s called hunting! We found a place to sit and watch for the deer and the owner of the ranch stopped by to introduce himself. He told us that the deer had been showing up a little later in the day and it was probably because we had a full moon.

We decide to go for breakfast and stall for a few hours and arrived back at the ranch about 1:30. We drove around the ranch opening gates and closing gates and I realized how much work hunting is, I never gave Rob credit for all the work it takes to hunt. We still have not seen any deer so we stopped by and talked with the owner, he said “about a half an hour after we left, the deer showed up for about an hour.” We told him we would wait till later the next morning.

We got to sleep in the next morning and showed up at the ranch about 9:30 and right there at the entrance were 5 deer at 137 yards. Rob told me to go and get ready to shoot, but wait until it gets out from behind the tree. I was still having a little problem finding it in the scope. I was told “look at the deer and bring the rifle up to it”, and there it was just walking out from behind the tree. My fear was that I might wound her and she would run away, so I said a prayer that it would be an instant kill. I was feeling like I would miss my chance if I waited any longer, so I took my shot and I didn’t feel the recoil and down she went. Rob was right, it was very different shooting at an animal rather than a target. I was exhilarated; I had never felt like this before!
LeeAnn poses with her doe and the ranch guard dog, Rain.
Come on Elk, I am ready for you!

Thank you, Outdoor Buddies, for all you do for our Wounded Warriors and other disabled hunters!

-LeeAnn Adams
It’s Not Too Late to Make Your 2020 Tax-Deductible Donation to Outdoor Buddies!
Year-end is almost here and many of us are considering making tax-deductible donations to our favorite charitable organizations. Please consider making a donation to Outdoor Buddies to help offset expenses for our programs. Your contribution will help allow us to continue and expand services to those in need of assistance in order to enjoy the great Colorado outdoors.
A good way to make a tax-deductible donation to Outdoor Buddies is through the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation’s (WMVCF) annual Spirit Campaign. That way, the Foundation will match a portion of your donation.

Make a Donation to Outdoor Buddies via the WMVCF Spirit Campaign

Understanding the 2020 Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation Spirit Campaign

The Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation Spirit Campaign, which runs through December 31, has become one of the most important and widely recognized activities of the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation. Individual contributions are enhanced by matching funds to provide critical financial support for our community’s nonprofits.
The rate of the match gift from the Matching Fund varies each year and is based on Matching Fund income and total donations. The match percentage is determined in January, after all donations have been collected. Once determined, we apply that rate to the first $2,020 per donation, per family. If you donate more than $2,020 to one or more nonprofits, the match amount will be equally shared among the nonprofits you have designated.

You can also donate to the Spirit Campaign online by visiting:

If you choose to mail in your donation please clip the coupon on the dotted lines, fill out the form, and send it along with your check to the address shown below.
Recipe: Mississippi Pot Roast
Recipe by: Nate Lucht, Average Guy Cooking at Home
Ah the good ol’ fashioned pot roast. Loved by anyone who wants a home cooked meal at the end of a busy day with having to really cook a home cooked meal. Mississippi pot roast is a twist on your classic mid-west style pot roast that adds pepperoncini peppers and is usually served over mashed potatoes or rice and the leftovers are great simply served on a piece of toast for a quick lunch. As this is meant to be a quick and easy meal, the ingredients reflect that…pre-mixed spice packets, canned peppers, and I add a little stock for wild game applications. Perfect for any level of home cooking skills.

  • 3-4 lb wild game roast
  • Any red meat roast will do here, be it antelope, elk, moose or deer.
  • Bottom round, front shoulder roasts, etc all work well
  • 5 or 6 pepperoncini peppers (nearly all grocery stores carry them)
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 1.5 packets of au jus gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup lard, can be substituted with butter
  • 1.5 cups beef stock

Place the meat in a slow cooker/crock pot. Add stock to the pot. Top meat with seasonings and peppers. Turn your slow cooker on low heat for 8 hrs. The roast will be ready when the meat is easy to pull apart with two forks, some roasts or cuts will require more time so just check it at 8 hrs and then every half hour after that if it needs more time. And that’s it! Simple as it gets.

Serves: 6-8
Upcoming Events
Outdoor Buddies 2021 Banquet

Hyatt Regency Conference Center located at 13200 East 14th Place in Aurora.

Mark your calendar. Annual fundraiser banquet at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center. Details to be confirmed pending COVID conditions.
April 17
Nick Filler
(719) 359-3641
Outdoor Buddies is managed by its Board of Directors
Dwaine Robey
Executive Director

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.

Dec 8 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Jan 12 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Feb 9 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
March 9 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
April TBD - Banquet planning at Hyatt Regency Conference Center
May 11 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
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