January 21st & 28th, 2019
Location: RGG Outfitters, Strassburg, CO.
Hosted By: River Deep and SCI HOP
Participants: Operation TBI Freedom & Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion
January ended with River Deep Alliance and SCI-HOP Denver sponsoring one veteran and one active duty soldier in successfully filling the last antelope tags of the 2018-2019 season. The day started off with a quick yet powerful snow storm that covered most of Colorado. Strassburg to Limon was no exception, with some areas reaching almost eight inches of snow and low temperatures. These weather conditions keep the antelope herds on high alert as limited visibility contributed the herds anxiety. Early in the morning, the first antelope were successfully harvested as the herd we found had not had any pressure. The second hunter, a Fort Carson service member, had a much more challenging hunt presented to him as the herd moved quickly across the plains at distances that proved difficult to acquire a good target.
The second team for the morning pushed out almost two miles on foot from where the herd was first spotted. With permission from the surrounding farmers, we were able to get ahead of a few antelope that had separated themselves. With the high ground as an advantage, the second antelope was successfully taken after almost an hour and a half of tracking. The team then took turns carrying the game back about a mile through think snow and brush. The hunt proved to be challenging due to the conditions, however it was one of the most rewarding events presented by River Deep Alliance & SCI-HOP Denver. It was a perfect end of the big game season as we prepare for the spring events that include fishing, archery, photography, late season bird hunting, and also pottery events. 2019 has started off with more events than ever and will probed to be one of the busiest years in SCI-HOP history.
A huge thank you to everyone involved that make events like these possible. We look forward to an absolutely amazing year.
SSG Scott Huvaert
Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion
River Deep, President
SCI HOP, VP/Humanitarian Chairman