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Old 10-27-2022, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default My Dad, with Stage4 Cancer, Gets his first Elk

Between my brother, dad and I, we have been trying to get an elk over the last few years. My brother got one on our first trip to Colorado. I got one last year. For my dad, he has had a couple close calls and a lot of "didn't see any" hunts for elk.

This May he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal cancer that had spread to Liver and lymph nodes. There is no cure for Esophageal cancer, it can get put into remission. As a family we have rallied around him, and came up with the slogan "Be Brave, Have Fun". He has had a great attitude through it all.

Definitely time to ramp up the efforts on getting him an elk. We made a trip to the Leoncita, North of Alpine, in August, and the weather put the odds against us again. Looking to our planned Colorado trip next month, we are concerned about his strength to put forth much effort at all to get the job done. So, my brother stepped up again and found a place to the West of Lawton, OK and on the west boundary of the refuge there. It is private owned, hi-fenced, with new owners that have an excellent vision for their property.

We got down there yesterday afternoon, and as one big time hunter has said, "A good hunt doesn't have to be a long hunt." My Dad got his first elk!!!! An awesome, huge 9x8. We didn't score it yet, but has to be well over 350".

We were and are still so excited for him.

I remember going hunting with my dad when I was 5 years old. He started my love for the outdoors and fanned those flames as I grew up. I'm so grateful to him for instilling so much into me in all areas of my life. From my walk with the Lord, to work ethic, character, etc. and obviously for taking me hunting and fishing. Please pray for him and us, and "Be Brave, Have Fun!!"
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:45 PM   #2
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That's outstanding! Congrats to your dad!
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:48 PM   #3
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Beautiful bull! Congrats to you all, I hope your dad kca!
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:49 PM   #4
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Thatís awesome!! What memory!!


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Old 10-27-2022, 11:50 PM   #5
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The memories you share on hunts last a lifetime, congrats to your father on a incredible elk! Prayers sent for him and your family during these times. “Be brave, have fun”
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:50 PM   #6
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That is outstanding!
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:51 PM   #7
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Sincere Congrats to your Dad and family...amazing story!!!
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:52 PM   #8
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Congrats to your dad
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:54 PM   #9
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That’s awesome!
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Old 10-27-2022, 11:55 PM   #10
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Congratulations to your pops! God Bless Sir!
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Old 10-28-2022, 12:02 AM   #11
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Wow. So glad he got that bull. Congrats to him and the family.

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Old 10-28-2022, 12:07 AM   #12
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That is AWESOME! Congratulations to you dad!
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Old 10-28-2022, 12:11 AM   #13
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That’s fantastic! Waydago
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Old 10-28-2022, 12:12 AM   #14
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Awesome elk, congrats to pops! Help him live his slogan!
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Old 10-28-2022, 12:18 AM   #15
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That is great. Congratulations to your dad!
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Old 10-28-2022, 12:56 AM   #16
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So happy for your dad!

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Old 10-28-2022, 01:03 AM   #17
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Freakin awesome! Congrats to ur dad and prayers he gets to keep spending more time with his sons.
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Old 10-28-2022, 01:25 AM   #18
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Unreal! Congrats to all of y’all!
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Old 10-28-2022, 01:26 AM   #19
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Beautiful elk!!! Congrats!!!
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Old 10-28-2022, 02:11 AM   #20
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That’s incredible, congrats to all of you!
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Old 10-28-2022, 03:53 AM   #21
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That is truly awesome..
Prayers sent to you and your family!!
I lost my FIL and Uncle to Esophageal cancer in last three years.
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Old 10-28-2022, 03:58 AM   #22
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Good stuff! Congrats!
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Old 10-28-2022, 04:08 AM   #23
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Very nice bull, Congrats to your dad!!
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Old 10-28-2022, 05:41 AM   #24
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Congratulations on a stud elk. Y’all did good.
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Old 10-28-2022, 05:41 AM   #25
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That's awesome!
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Old 10-28-2022, 05:44 AM   #26
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Congrats to your dad. Very impressive bull.
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Old 10-28-2022, 05:52 AM   #27
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Freakin' outstanding! Way to go Dad!!!

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Old 10-28-2022, 05:58 AM   #28
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Beautiful bull, congrats to your dad! Prayers sent for a him and your family.
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Old 10-28-2022, 06:02 AM   #29
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Incredible animal! Congrats to your dad!
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Old 10-28-2022, 06:17 AM   #30
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Congratulations to yall

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Old 10-28-2022, 07:14 AM   #31
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Best hunt of a lifetime! Good job to you and your brother
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:17 AM   #32
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Congratulations! One exceptional moment worth a lifetime of memories.
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:18 AM   #33
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What an awesome bull! Congrats to your dad . And congrats to your family for making such wonderful memories!

The fish are biting and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:23 AM   #34
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Congratulations to your dad!
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:23 AM   #35
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Congrats to your dad, looks like there might have been some red deer in that elk's family tree

Prayers for all of you as he fights C
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:23 AM   #36
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Awesome time for sure. Huge Congrats to your dad and prayers up.
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:31 AM   #37
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Awesome bull, congrats to your dad
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:33 AM   #38
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Congrats on a great bull.
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:36 AM   #39
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Thanks for sharing
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:38 AM   #40
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Congratulations to your dad! Love the slogan.
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:40 AM   #41
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Awesome elk and congrats to your dad!!
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:57 AM   #42
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Y’all will have those memories forever ! Congrats on a nice bull, but the real treasure is the hunt y’all had together with your Dad.
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:57 AM   #43
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Memories that last several lifetimes. Congrats to your father and family!
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Old 10-28-2022, 07:57 AM   #44
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Awesome memory brother! And a great bull to boot.
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Old 10-28-2022, 08:09 AM   #45
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Congrats on a great bull! You did something awesome for your Dad, congrats to you too! Prayer sent.
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Old 10-28-2022, 08:09 AM   #46
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Awesome!
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Old 10-28-2022, 08:14 AM   #47
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Wow...that's an awesome bull. My prayers to you and your family.
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Old 10-28-2022, 08:14 AM   #48
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AWESOME, Congratulations to your dad!
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Old 10-28-2022, 08:20 AM   #49
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Congrats!

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Old 10-28-2022, 08:23 AM   #50
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I’m so glad you were able to spend time with him and do that. Awesome elk!
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