Hunt of a Lifetime
Hunt of a Lifetime Preserve helps cancer patient realize a dream Wearing a million-dollar smile, Matthew Riley, center, proudly shows off this eight-pointer taken last Saturday at the Three Lakes Preserve. The buck weighed approximately 225 pounds and sported a 17-inch spread. His father, Richard, left and Roger Davenport, right, helped with the Hunt of a Lifetime.
Reflecting gratitude in God's blessings, Roger Davenport and his wife Sue invited a 14-year-old boy suffering from brain cancer to hunt at their game preserve south of Three Lakes. Perfect conditions led to a perfect shot for Matthew Riley of Cedar Grove last Saturday, granting a perfect wish. Davenport, owner-manager of the preserve, led Matthew and his father, Richard, into a deer blind set up for a south wind. It turned out to be perfect," said Davenport. "Four mature eight-point bucks came in from the south and Matthew took a shot at the leader, but missed. As it turned out, another buck stood in a semi-protected area, which worked out perfectly. Matt hit him just behind the left shoulder and he dropped. Children facing life-threatening illnesses often make special requests to spend a day at Disney or some other fantasy. Organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation helps those children achieve their last wish. But for children who want to go hunting or fishing, this organization is unable to help, according to Tina Pattison of "Hunt of a Lifetime," an organization based in Pennsylvania. Matthew was diagnosed with brain cancer recently and has undergone surgery as well as chemotherapy. Richard Riley, Matt's father, told a friend at church of Matt's wish to go hunting. The friend contacted Pattison who made arrangements with Davenport. When we were asked if we'd be willing to participate in this project, we felt this would be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the many blessings we've received since we opened this place," said Davenport. Davenport agreed to waive the usual fee of $2,800 and Jim Wendt, a taxidermist in Sayner, has agreed to mount the deer at no cost. He also plans to provide a special hunt next year for disabled hunters and he said he will participate in Hunt of a Lifetime again. Three Lakes Preserve is located at 5807 Branham Road, south of Three Lakes.