Owners CJ and Mary Davenport along with Houston Astro pitcher Doug Brocail hosted Sergeant Tim Seckel, his son Grant, Veteran Outdoor Hosts Cody Hirt and Brad Strittmatter plus 2 cameramen at Thunderhill Ranch for a great weekend of hunting and hospitality. Tim and Grant were flown into the Llano airport by Veterans Airlift Command having been told they were to help with a commercial for the Airlift Command. The real reason for the trip was a complete surprise with the help of Tim’s mother.
Upon arriving at the ranch and being met by ranch managers Brad, Carol and Chad Barington, Tim and Grant were told they were there for Tim to shoot a trophy whitetail buck. Tim and Grant were presented with new guns, gun cases and Game Guard Camo courtesy of the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of SCI.
Tim was a Sergeant in the US Army. Tim and 3 other soldiers were on a recon mission when they were hit by a roadside bomb. The blast killed Tim’s Lieutenant and wounded Tim and the other 2 soldiers. Tim’s back was broken in 2 places and he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Hunting was difficult as the weather was warm and the deer were not moving. On the last scheduled day of the hunt, Tim made a great shot on a 140′s B and C whitetail with some great character. It was Tim’s first buck. After shooting the deer, Tim was informed that David Griffith of Highland Lakes Taxidermy was going to process his deer and mount it for him so he could remember his trip for a lifetime.