Wishes and More Dream Hunt

Melissa Bachman |

As a hunter, a big part of the enjoyment comes not just from the hunt itself, but the experiences we have in the outdoors with friends and family. It’s about being close with nature, putting down your cell phone, and just enjoying some of the little things that our busy everyday lives cause us to miss. For me, that’s a big part of what makes hunting special, but it’s also about getting others involved and spending time among fellow hunters who have the same passion.


This year I got a call from a great organization in my home state of Minnesota called Wishes & More. They had a young girl, Kelly, who’s wish was to go hunting with me at one of my favorite whitetail destinations in the country, Golden Triangle Whitetail. Kelly has been a hunter her entire life, and even recently won a new gun in Varmint Hunter’s Magazine for her incredible 1,000+ yard shot on a prairie dog! She has also taken some rabbits, and hopefully with a little luck, a nice Illinois buck will be next.

Karla, the president of Wishes & More explained that Kelly wakes up every week to watch Winchester Deadly Passion with her dad, and would love a chance to go hunting together.  Immediately Karla and I started making this wish into a reality. Last weekend, Wishes & More held their Winter Ball in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kelly had no idea her wish was going to come true. In fact, she was asked to be a greeter and co-host on stage, but the video clip shows Kelly’s big surprise.

I can’t wait until this fall when Kelly and I get to travel to Illinois for the youth gun season where I’ll be filming her for an upcoming episode of Winchester Deadly Passion. This is going to make an incredible show, and hopefully grow into a life long friendship between fellow small town Minnesota girls.