Mike Hammett Memorial Wish Hunt
One of the major initiatives of the Northern Michigan Regional Chapter has been the Mike Hammett Memorial Wish Hunt program. This program is designed to provide hunting opportunities to those individuals (primarily youth) who, because of personal health, physical abilities or other limitations, would not otherwise be able to hunt. Over the last several years, the Chapter has been able to provide hunting opportunities for such twenty-five individuals.
Each participant has been accompanied by a parent and a member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors. Every Wish Hunter has successfully harvested trophy quality game. They have received a variety of hunting clothing and hunting equipment from our many generous supporters. Trophies taken by each participant have been processed by the Chapter and mounted by Deepwoods Taxidermy in Spruce, Bob Parkey’s Taxidermy in Indian River or Bucks and Bruins Taxidermy. When possible, participants have been accompanied by a professional photographer and videographer.
While the Northern Michigan Regional Chapter – Safari Club International has received considerable recognition for our efforts with this program, the reality is that this program would not exist were it not for the commitment and support we have received from a number of very generous individuals, businesses and the Chapter’s Pathfinders. The Northern Michigan Regional Chapter would like to publicly recognize these individuals and businesses. We acknowledge their many contributions and express our deep thanks and appreciation for their commitment to this program!
The Northern Michigan Regional Chapter offered two regional residents the opportunity to be Safari Wish Hunters in 2018. Paige Janack of Kalkaska hunted a Whitetail Deer at Jack Pine Safari in Lewiston as the first Mike Hammett Safari Wish hunter. The hunt for Paige was provided in part by the Northern Michigan Regional Chapter - SCI and Jack Pine Safaris. The services of photographer, Thane Whitscell, and videographer, Tim Gauthier, were fully donated. Food during the hunt was provided by Connie’s Café in Ossineke. Deepwoods Taxidermy in Spruce has provided the full shoulder mount.
Tim Barrow of Alpena hunted a Whitetail deer at Anschuetz’s Whitetail Way. Tim’s hunt was fully donated by Anschuetz’s Whitetail Way. A full shoulder mount of Tim’s buck has been provided by Bucks and Bruins Taxidermy.
To be considered for this program, a young person must be challenged physically or mentally but be capable of participating in a sheltered hunting experience. Prior hunting experience is not required. The Chapter will provide the use of hunting equipment and any necessary instruction. If you or someone you know deserves the opportunity to become our next wish hunter please complete the form below.