As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Deployed Family Outdoors feels that it is our American duty to give back to those who have provided and protected the freedoms and liberties that allow us to continue enjoying what we love to do.
January 6, 2018 Deployed Family Outdoors took the Madison Family on a whitetail deer hunt in the Texas Hill Country, The Madison's had never been hunting before (outside of one rabbit in SERE school), and were very surprised when we called them up to tell them that they were selected for the trip. Even better, both Active Duty parents who have over 30 combined years in the Army were able to make the trip.
They arrived to the ranch on Friday afternoon and we immediately jumped into some educational fun by heading to the range for a lesson on gun safety and shooting rifles. We started with the .17HMR and worked up to the .243, one of the calibers we would be hunting with. Shamar and Malakai, the two sons, got comfortable shooting the .243 and Paige, the daughter, enjoyed shooting the smaller, rim fire rifle. After a quick lunch we headed to the stand for an afternoon hunt. That evening, Shamar shot his first deer while sitting with our Tyler (DFO President) and his mother and sister, a whitetail doe. On the other end of the ranch, Patton (DFO Executive Director), Malakai, and his father watched a group of aoudad travel along the cliff's, but no opportunities for whitetail that evening.. It's always exciting for folks to see their first exotic animal!
The next morning, we switched up where we were hunting and Malakai shot his first deer, a whitetail spike, with his mom and sister watching. The entire time Malakai waited for the shot he had the biggest ear to ear smile on his face- one of the funniest things we've seen and something that we won't forget!
After the morning hunt we decided to take the family down to the Nueces River for some midday fishing. Jerome, father of the Madison Family, was very excited to get down to the river and even brought along his fishing pole. Although it was a bit windy Jerome managed to reel in some nice bass and daughter Paige caught one as well.
That evening, we headed out for the last hunt of the trip. Shamar was able to take a second whitetail doe, this time with his father sitting in the blind with him. Everybody earned a little extra sleep that night. It was a true blessing to be able to put this on and even better that the entire family was able to participate in all the events.
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At Deployed Family Outdoors, we pride ourselves on creating and organizing the most enjoyable trip for our sponsored and supported military families. Each trip and adventure is unique and one of a kind, exclusively customized and tailored to outfit the needs and desires of the families that we are fortunate enough to give back to. Below you can witness the experiences and memories that have been made and shaped by Mother Nature on each of the Deployed Family Outdoors Trips.