Wyoming is in the middle of hunting season, and for some, that is an activity they fear they may never participate in. But last month, Emma Decker, a 16-year-old high school junior in Mountain View, was able to do what she thought she might not ever be able to do again: hunt. You see, young Emma had been stuck in the hospital getting radiation treatments after brain surgery removed cancerous tumors. Thanks to the Muley Fanatic Foundation’s “Putting the U in Hunt” program, Decker, who has been hunting since the age of four, scored a 356-inch elk. Decker says it was an amazing trip, in part because it gave her something positive to look forward to.
Families with children between age 12 and 20 facing serious, life-threatening health circumstances can sign up for the program online at MuleyFanatic.org. The program was launched eight years ago, and has helped 74 kids from across the nation experience Wyoming’s world-renowned hunting grounds. All expenses are covered for kids and their families, from air travel, meals and accommodations, meat processing and taxidermy.