September, 2021
Vol 37, No 9
Check out the latest Outdoor Buddies outdoor adventures!
COVID-19 Updates
Please be aware that Outdoor Buddies will be following all state and local guidelines for our events. 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.

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 President: Larry Sanford's Thoughts
Dwaine Robey and Larry Sanford at what turned out to be our last hunt together at Trinidad Co. in Feb. 2021
Welcome to fall in Colorado, Wow! This morning as I drank a hot cup of coffee off my back porch it was so peaceful. The moon was large and I could just see a skiff of snow on the top of the mountains in the moon lit sky.

I want to say welcome to all of you that are new to Outdoor Buddies and to those of you that have been with us we thank you for all of the continued support!
It has been a busy year thus far for the group of dedicated officers and Directors of Outdoor Buddies that lead this great organization!

We were blessed to have worked so close with our late executive director, Dwaine Robey whom we lost this year after his battle with cancer. Dwaine’s legacy will live on through the continued hard work of the Outdoor Buddies volunteers for years to come!

Our team has been getting ready for big game season since Jan. with the collection of all the hunt requests from Outdoor Buddies mobility impaired disabled hunters for a chance to go on a Pronghorn, deer or elk hunt this season!

The annual Pronghorn rifle hunt that starts on the second of Oct. is shaping up to be a great event! Hunters with disabilities come from everywhere to enjoy Colorado’s beautiful outdoors through this program that Outdoor Buddies has offered since 1993. We also offer special pronghorn hunting programs such as the youth and novice outreach hunts through a partnership with the Colorado parks and wildlife’s Outreach division. These programs teach youth and novice hunters gun safety and proper technics to hunt from buying a hunting license to know how to process their animal as well as cooking their game and everything in between!

If you know someone who is interested in learning how to hunt contact Larry Sanford at or call /text Larry at 970-218-5356. The only requirements are that they must be 12 years old by the date of the hunt and have a hunter’s safety card. The Novice are for folks 18 years of age and older that have their hunter’s safety card and that are new to hunting. If you would like to volunteer for any of these programs please contact us. 

In this day and age of Covid it seems like folks are drifting apart from each other because of quarantine and electronic meetings and the different ways in which we are separating to battle against this virus! Please don’t forget to reach out to your friends and family and share a positive word of “hope”! See how they are doing and that you care. To be “kind” or to be “mean” is a choice we all have to make! I choose kindness , it’s good for my heart!

We are all so blessed to be a part of this great organization and I hope to see you all out in the field!

Remember when you have a chance please say thank you to all of our great volunteers!

Till then, Lord Bless,

Larry Sanford
President of Outdoor Buddies Inc.
These two young ladies' dad won the Ruger precision 6.5 Creedmoor that Outdoor Buddies raffles off in 2020. She shot her pronghorn with that rifle!
Alisha Sanford, very first big game animal and first day she ever shot a high powered rifle!

She was one of nine novice hunters last year and yes, she is my daughter in law and that’s my son Jason!
Good Time Had By All: Warriors on Cataract 2021
Greetings all,

We have just completed our 2021 season of Warriors on Cataract disabled veterans raft trips. This is our 11th year, 41 raft trips, over 700 disabled veterans.
The first trip was for 19 Marines, conducted by Western River Expeditions.
The second was Open Manifest (22 veterans from all branches, all conflicts, both sexes) conducted by Navtec.
The third trip was 20 Navy SEALs and Air Force Pararescue, conducted by World Wide River Expeditions. There was also a Special Operations Marine and his Marine wife, who was part of Obama's security cadre.

Raven's Rim Ziplines zipped a number of the veterans. There are six ziplines up on the slick rock above Moab, two 1300 feet long. A bit of a challenge for some.
The All Female Trip (even the guides and trip leader were female) was our 4th trip thisyear, launched August 22. We flew them into a remote put-in on the Green River. Our usual 4 day trip was extended to 5 days to allow more therapeutic and recreational activities for the women. These include yoga on the beach, mindfulness, meditation, campfire time, and other activities. Sheri Griffith river Expeditions was the outfitter. The manifest was nearly full at 24 women. This was certainly one of our best of our trips over 11 years.
Red Tail Aviation flew us into the remote air strip in their turboprop aircraft.
 Even though the river flows this year were low, the rapids were still there, just different. the water was warmer, the beaches wider.

We are now working on the photo albums of this year's trips, hope to get them out by Christmas.

Best of regards, thanks for your support

Fred Solheim
Karen House
Lew Kleinhans
Dove Hunt: Finding a Needle In a Haystack
I thank Outdoor Buddies for allowing me to join them for the September 7th Dove Hunt just south of Watkins. I was able to bring home some birds which was challenging to say the least and they made a fine dinner the next day. The morning began in Watkins at 0530 to meet up with Tony, Terry and Walley at the local truck stop. After a short drive to the hunting field, we were sitting in our spots waiting on the birds. The sun was just coming up and the doves were not flying yet. It wasn’t until around 0830 before we started noticing doves quietly gliding from tree to tree and once we had started to pay attention the shooting began.

Somewhere along the line I had a primer malfunction which blew out a small piece of my gun stock, about 1 ¾ inches, and I did not notice this until I felt a dusting of air blow across my cheek when I shot again. Not being a problem that would stop my hunt, I continued until our day was over shortly before noon. The doves had stopped flying by then.

During the drive back home I kept thinking about how the malfunction occurred and why I had not noticed it at the time. Remembering the location where I felt the dusting blow across my face, I wanted to go back and find the missing piece and repair my gun stock. This gun was my first 12-gauge shotgun that I had bought and I wanted to hand it down to my grandson someday.  The Winchester Model 1400 is not an expensive gun but it is a reliable gun.

The next day I reached out to Tony and asked if I could return to the field, with the landowner’s permission, and look for this missing 1 ¾ inch piece of wood. All that I kept thinking is “I do not move very far because of mobility problems so how difficult could it be to find this piece of gun stock. On Thursday Tony, Walley and I met again at the truck stop around 2pm and my search was on.

It did not take long for me to find a wad from the shotgun shell that had caused the dusting of air on my face. Walley marked the area and we began a radius search and walked in circles for about fifteen minutes until we came to the realization that the malfunction did not occur at this spot. Now I felt a little bit down knowing that I had no idea where the piece of gun stock could be. I walked to another location where I had been shooting and after another fifteen minutes of searching, I accepted the fact that this undertaking was bigger than my determination or ability.

With that I stopped searching and said “God, will you provide me with a little guidance, a little help if you would?” I believe that there are forces in this world that are bigger than us individuals and sometimes all we need to do is ask for help. While I was standing there leaning on my crutches and taking a break, I saw something that caught my eye. I cannot say that it looked like a piece of wood or even my gunstock, it just caught my attention. I kneeled down to pick it up and lo and behold, it was the piece of gunstock that I had went searching for!

Can you find it? It is in this picture!
Finding this small piece of wood was clearly a miracle and would not have happened without a small prayer and the help of good people like those with Out Door Buddies. The gunstock is now repaired and the shotgun is in the cabinet where it will stay for my grandson to create his own memories. Thanks again Out Door Buddies for another memorable adventure.
Win an Antelope Shoulder Mount and Meat Processing for your 2021 Outdoor Buddies Hunt
This auction is for Outdoor Buddies antelope hunt participants only.

Winner will receive and professional meat processing and a free shoulder mount of your antelope this 2021 season by Outdoor Buddies volunteer and taxidermist, Earl Moffitt.

Valid only until the end of the 2021 season only. Includes basic meat processing; specialty services available to purchase if desired.

Winner will be drawn on opening weekend of the Meadow Springs hunt beginning on October 2nd. Tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the hunt before drawing.

$20 per Ticket
Call Tony Hodges at (303) 523-0583
For Sale By Owner's Family: Handicap Accessible Pickup
The family of the late Outdoor Buddies member George Carter would like to sell George's handicap accessible pickup truck, including hand controls. If an Outdoor Buddies member is able to put this truck to good use, his family would be happy to sell it to them. See details and photos below.

2014 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD  LTZ  Z71  ($57000)
  • Mileage:  36,942   
  • Dual wheel  Diesel  Duramax/Allison
  • 4WD    8' bed with a shell
  • Black exterior  /  tan interior
  • Many options in this package (contact owner for details)
  • No accidents 
  • No dents 
  • One-owner

Handicapped equipped:
  • Hand controls
  • Shell has piano hinge on one side and electronically tips to that side
  • The bed of the pickup contains an actuator/armature that moves over the other railing to assist with wheelchair
  • Custom driver's seat rotates outward and lowers down towards the ground

This would be an ideal vehicle for a person using a wheelchair.

If interested, please contact us at 303-868-2579
Recipe: Sous Vide Venison Shoulder
Recipe by: Danielle Prewett; Wild+Whole, MeatEater
Not many people know what to do with deer shoulders so they turn it all into sausage or burgers. There are other ways to treat this tough cut of meat; my favorite is to cook it slowly on the bone.

I process all of my game animals. After several years of under my belt, I’ve gotten into the habit of freezing some muscles whole. When I first started, I thought that I had to break everything down into stews and grinds at the very beginning. Back then, I spent an extraordinary amount of time processing meat; it was exhausting. Today I’m less rigid when butchering game, and I don’t worry about silver skin as much. The reason for this is that I know low heat and long cook times can do the hard work for me. When it comes to cooking whole shoulders, I turn to sous vide.

The benefit of using sous vide is having control. These devices can hold the water’s temperature for hours or even days at the precise number you program. This means that sinuous cuts of meat can tenderize into a juicy meal.

This past year I got a new vacuum sealer from Weston. I love this model because it is extra wide, making it easy to store primal cuts whole.

For this recipe, I rubbed the shoulder in a Cuban mojo marinade, sealed it in a bag, and let it marinate for several hours. The next day, I filled a large cooler with water, and McGuyver’ed a sous vide device to the side. Once hot, I lowered the bag of sealed meat into the bath. To insulate, I covered the top with plastic wrap. I left a pocket of space on the opposite side for steam to vent away from the device. There are a lot of different ways you can construct a container for sous vide cooking. Large plastic bins with lids sold from restaurant stores are a great option. You can also line the top of the water with ping pongs to act as an insulator.

After 24 hours of cook time, the venison shreds apart easily with a fork. I serve this in a salad with mango, rice, black beans, and spring greens. There is enough meat on the shoulder for my husband and me to enjoy for a few days. This method is one of my favorite ways of cooking whole muscles because there is such little effort involved!

•1 bone-in Venison Shoulder
•6 cloves of garlic
•2 tsp. oregano
•1 tsp. red pepper flakes
•1 Tbsp. kosher salt
•½ Tbsp. black pepper
•1 tsp. cumin
•¼ Cup lime juice
•¼ Cup olive oil

Equipment Needed:
•Sous Vide Device


Place the garlic cloves in a mortar and pestle and sprinkle some of the kosher salt in. Use the pestle and pulverize the garlic into a paste. Pour the lime juice in and then slowly drizzle in the olive oil, stirring constantly to emulsify. Add the remaining spices and blend.

Venison Shoulder

1. Use a knife and cut several small slits into the shoulder. Rub the whole shoulder with the prepared mojo sauce. Place inside of a large bag and seal. Store the shoulder in the refrigerator for twenty-four hours to marinate.

2. Remove the shoulder from the fridge and let it to come to room temperature an hour before cooking.

3. Prepare for cooking by setting up a sous vide device in a container full of water that is big enough to immerse the whole shoulder. Set the temperature to 165 degrees.

4. When the water is hot, lower the bagged shoulder in. Cover the top with a fitted lid, ping pong balls, or plastic wrap. A large shoulder from a deer will take anywhere between 18-22 hours, so plan accordingly. You will know when the meat is tender if you can pull meat away from bone with you thumb pressing in from outside the bag.

5. Allow the shoulder to rest for 30 minutes before serving. Remove the meat from the bag and shred apart with a fork.

6. Strain the cooking juices left in the bag and pour over the shredded meat and allow it to soak. Serve as desired.
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.

Oct 12 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse *CANCELED*
Nov 9 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse
Dec 14 - Thornton Sportsman's Warehouse