Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

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Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Smacko » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:59 pm

Stalking the Plains

This story begins in Texas with a young lady named Taylor Hargrove that through her fight with cancer had a dream of hunting a trophy buck. After making her wish known to "A Hunt Above", contact was made with Shawn Green of Eagle Chief Outfitters in Alva, Oklahoma, and plans were made to make this dream come true on
November 12th-14th 2010.

On Friday the 12th, "A Hunt Above", co-director Randy Arfele, met with Taylor, her family, and Shawn at the house where Taylor would be staying for the weekend. After introductions and greetings, dinner was eaten and everyone retired for a night's sleep with excitement for the next morning's hunt.

Early the next morning, the alarm woke them to a windy and cold Oklahoma day. They loaded up and drove to the hunting area that Shawn had chosen for their first morning hunt, and began their walk to the position before the sun began its slow accent to show itself. After a short wait, the sun peaked over the horizon, showing a beautiful picture of God's creation as though painted on a painters canvas, and they were given a wonderful concert by a few distance birds that also basked in the beauty and warmth of the sunrise. They had settled in on a short ledge overlooking a small valley and across from a hillside that rose above their location.

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While Taylor and her stepdad, Randy, readied the crossbow and shooting stick, and checked for shooting lanes, Randy Arfele, Shawn, and Taylor's brother, Koby, kept their eyes peeled for any deer activity in the area.

Within a short time, a nice buck was spotted to the left about 800 to 900 yards from them, and Shawn began "rattling" and "grunting" using a set of antlers and a store bought call that sounds like a buck doing their territory grunt. Just as though it was scripted, the buck stopped, looked their direction, and began trotting straight toward them. As the buck approached and stopped at a fence approx.400 yards from them, Shawn went thru the "rattling and grunting" sequence again, and the buck jumped the fence and began his jog toward them again. As the excitement escalated, Taylor prepared her weapon for the opportunity to harvest the buck at the first chance the buck gave.

As the buck drew closer, it seemed as though his antlers and body mass doubled, and he once again stopping about 200 yards from Taylor. Shawn gave one shorter grunt, and the buck started slowly walking in our direction with ears raised and senses on full alert. He entered shooting range to the left of Taylor, and continued to walk from the left to right, and stopped behind the only tree between Taylor and himself. Taylor took that time to carefully shift herself to prepare for a shot once the buck came out to the right side of the tree.

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For some reason, the buck bounded out from behind the tree with 4 to 5 quick jumps, and stopped again just out of shooting range. After, what seemed forever, about 1 minute, the buck started walking again towards the right of Taylor, and she once again carefully shifted to prepare for a shot. As he walked in the same direction, the buck began to look intently toward the area on the other side of the ledge we were on, and once again stopped just out of shooting distance. We waited with no movement from him for about 3 to 4 minutes, and the decision was made to once again give a short light grunt.

As Shawn made the grunt sound, the buck quickly raised his tail, and turned and ran toward, and up, the hillside directly across from Taylor. Randy Arfele turned to motion to Shawn who was sitting directly behind them, and noticed movement on the other side of the small hill they were on top of, which turned out to be a larger buck which had responded, unknown to the hunting party, to the sound of the "rattling and grunting" sounds Shawn had created. They both ran in opposite directions until they were both out of sight, and as best they could figure, the two bucks saw each other just prior to the last grunt sound, and both ran once the last grunt sound was made fearing that there was another, and possible bigger buck, somewhere in the area.

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After sitting there for a short time recounting the incredible incident they all had just witnessed, they gathered their gear and headed back to camp to recount the story with Taylor's mom, Kendra, and have lunch.

They spent the rest of the weekend hunting several other locations, with many deer sightings, but none entering into crossbow range for Taylor.

The hospitality, food, and accommodations of Shawn Green and Eagle Chief Outfitters staff were second to none, and a great big "A Hunt Above" thank you goes out to them.

Also thanks to the donors who made this trip possible for Taylor.

Eagle Chief Outfitters can be reached at the address and phone number below. Tell Shawn that "A Hunt Above" sent you.

Eagle Chief Outfitters
1109 SanteFe
Alva, OK, 73717
580-430-5833

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As an announcement, Taylor had the opportunity to join her step dad Randy hunting on a friends land in Texas within a couple of weeks of this trip, and she did connect with a great deer. Here is that deer. Congrats Taylor!!!!!!!!!

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Please continue to be in prayer for Taylor, as she has a long way ahead of her to beat this nasty thing called "CANCER"


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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Smacko » Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:52 pm

Taylor is currently in a hospital in Dallas, TX fighting for her life. Her cancer is really aggressive and is causing a lot of problems. I went to visit her this past weekend and to pray for her. Please keep her and her family in your prayers during these trying times.
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Unread postby magicman54494 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:46 pm

Congrats and well wishes for Taylor. Thanks to all that made it happen!
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Unread postby Wrinkleneck » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:15 pm

CONGRATS to her on a great buck!!! Her and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Treejunkie » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:30 am

Great story and a great bunch of people that allowed her to fulfill a dream. Our prayers to you Taylor to fight that cancer.
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Unread postby huntinnurse » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:43 am

I will go see Taylor tomorrow. I hope she will still be fighting and God gives me the opportunity to meet her. I woulda met up with ya this weekend Mike, but, I was burying my best friend. God needed me there. And He has Blessed me so very much for being there and being strong for his family.
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Black Squirrel » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:56 am

Well wishes to Taylor in her fight!
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Smacko » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:01 am

huntinnurse wrote:I will go see Taylor tomorrow. I hope she will still be fighting and God gives me the opportunity to meet her. I woulda met up with ya this weekend Mike, but, I was burying my best friend. God needed me there. And He has Blessed me so very much for being there and being strong for his family.



Did you go and meet Taylor?
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Stuart » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:53 am

Cool!!! ;)
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby huntinnurse » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:26 pm

Smacko wrote:
huntinnurse wrote:I will go see Taylor tomorrow. I hope she will still be fighting and God gives me the opportunity to meet her. I woulda met up with ya this weekend Mike, but, I was burying my best friend. God needed me there. And He has Blessed me so very much for being there and being strong for his family.



Did you go and meet Taylor?

I was not able to get in to see her. It was gonna be several hours before I could and I just was unable to stay.

A message from Mike, Taylor has fought one heck of a fight, but, is about to lose that battle. Will be praying for her entire family and Mike as well.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 3:16 KJV
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby forgehunter » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:16 am

Awsome Buck! congrats taylor!

You are in our prayers...


Nurse please keep us updated!
Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.
Don't give up. Don't ever give up.
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby huntinnurse » Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:24 am

Taylor is at home with hospice.

Update on Taylor and this is quoted from her mom: Taylor is clinging to life. her earthly body is tired. her liver kidneys and heart are slowly shutting down. My heart is breaking in ways I never knew it could but I do know she is going home to the Lord and will be with mine and her Daddy soon.She will earn her Angel Wings and she will be watching over me and Koby and Klarissa and her neices..


My prayers continue for Taylor, her family, Mike Macko and Randy Arfele.They see more that one should. But, I am glad they are able to help fullfill these childrens/young peoples wishes. To be this selfless for others is a act of love only given by God Himself.
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby huntinnurse » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:32 am

It is with a mixed heart I give this news. Sadness for the family and for my friends Randy and Mike that Taylor passed away about 2 hours ago. Taylor was surrounded by family, friends and love.
With a happy heart that she now resides with Jesus and the angels are rejoicing in her new body free of disease and strife.
Randy is in the 4th pic above, white shirt with Mossy Oak on it. He is a preacher and wasmy guide when I came back to Tx a few years ago for my 1st hog hunt. He is also a preacher and was planning on preaching about Taylors life and struggles. Now,she and Jesus will guide his words and he will be the vessel for this message. I wish I could hear him tonite.
Mike is an unusual man in that he provides thesehunts for young people with terminal or life threatening illnesses, all the while knowing the result more than likely will rsult in the persons death. But, he, with God's guidance and prayer, provides these once in a lifetime hunts/fishing tripsto the youngster and their parents free of charge for them. The funds cme thru donations.
Please take a moment and donate in the name of Taylor for the next youngster, that is going thru the trial of thei life, so they to can have their deam hunt/fishing trip with A Hunt Above. Youwill be blessed by this act of kindness, generosity and mercy. To God be the Glory.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.John 3:16 KJV
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Re: Stalking the Plains, Taylor's Deer Hunt

Unread postby Smacko » Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:33 pm

Bumping.. as Taylor earned her Angel Wings today..Sunday March 20, 2011... Please pray for Taylor's family as she passed away...this is a sad day for her family and for "A Hunt Above" and for myself....


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