85 Hunt of a Lifetime

From the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA, we meet two representatives for Hunt of a Lifetime, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling hunting and fishing dreams for people 21 and under facing life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. Grant Fritz is a lifelong hunter who has been volunteering with the organization for over twenty years. Gabe Kerchner is a cancer survivor who shares the story of his Arizona mountain lion hunt. Together, they are part of a team of dedicated volunteers that reaches across the US and Canada to help make dreams come true when it matters most.

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Here’s what we discuss:


  • Over 20 years with Hunt of a Lifetime
  • Joining the organization; the first hunt
  • Close to 2000 hunts
  • Moose hunting in a broccoli patch
  • They didn’t choose this
  • Being part of the solution
  • My world is in a tree stand
  • Many tears have been shed
  • You can help
  • Bringing joy to a sick child
  • Reach out if you know a child who would like a dream fulfilled


  • Diagnosed at 12
  • Making contact with Hunt of a Lifetime
  • Receiving and training with a new rifle
  • Hunting with hound dogs
  • Others joined the hunt
  • Why mountain lion?
  • Gearing up at Bass Pro Shops
  • Hunted on a ranch
  • Post-surgical challenges on the hunt
  • 2015 relapse
  • Fishing trips are also an option
  • Lifelong friends
  • Importance of supporting the organization
  • An amazing experience, even without a mountain lion
  • The grizzly bear hunt was too risky


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030 Hunt of a Lifetime – In Memory of Naomi Swanson

Hunt Of A Lifetime is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting & fishing dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses or life threatening disabilities.  Wayne interviews two Ambassadors heavily involved in the program while attending the NH Outdoor Expo.

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Maine’s Operation Game Thief

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH

Here’s What We Discuss:

  • NH Outdoor Expo
  • Escaping Pain and Getting into the Wilderness
  • For Mom, Dad, Child to Forget it All
  • A Rifle Shoot, Ambassadors and Volunteers
  • A Kids Dream of Hunting or Fishing
  • Rod, Firearm, or Bow
  • From Trip to Taxidermy, Dream Trips
  • A Girl from Oregon
  • The Reality is Grim
  • Right Spot, Right Equipment, Pro Hunter
  • A Love Sick Moose, OMG
  • We Dragged that Moose Out at 1130pm
  • Guides and Outfitters
  • Canada, US, and International
  • Exotics in Texas
  • Ted Nugent and the Advisory Board
  • Josh Holander from Michigan
  • Weak from Chemo
  • Fulfilling Tags on the Last Day
  • HuntofaLifeTime.org
  • Donations, Frequent Flyer Miles, Raffles
  • Soul Touching
  • Self Feeding