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■ Jacklyn Hajnosz, Duncansville, Pa.
★ PERSEVERANCE AWARD ★

■ Donald Schmidt, South Jordan, Utah

After 26 years of applying for a tag, Don, left, took this incredible desert bighorn sheep with
help from guides Brett Caldwell, center, and Randy Johnson after drawing the only tag available in the "Dirty Devil" area of Utah. It was a difficult hunt, but in the end, Don persevered.
After 16 days of scouting and hunting, overcoming some of the most brutal terrain imaginable
and some unusual complications (like when Randy was nearly impaled on his ATV by a tree
branch that flipped up and punched through the engine of his ATV!), the trio "stared down the
devil," according to Donald, and this 12-year-old ram fell to the hunter's .257 Wby. at 207 yards.

It was 11-year-old Jackie's second season
afield, and she was hunting out of a treestand built by her grandpa on the family farm
just outside Pittsburgh with her father, Josh,
guiding her under the mentored youth hunting program. The slowly rising sun revealed
several deer, including this buck, all about 100
yards away from the duo. The buck started
moving toward their stand, and at 75 yards it
turned broadside, giving Jackie a perfect shot
with her .243-and she nailed it! After loading
the deer on a cargo carrier and taking some
pictures with Dad and Grandpa, the trio drove
home. On the way, friendly honks and waves
from passersby inspired Jackie to roll down
her window and shout, "Thanks! Mine!"

■ John Hudson, Howe, Texas

■ Garry Partin, Rockholds, Ky.

Garry's quest for this big buck began when
he discovered several trail-cam photos of
the deer on his hunting property in Knox
County, Ky. Garry's quest ended Nov. 17, the
day after he had a root canal, no less. Spotting this bruiser chasing some does, Garry
shouldered his Remington 700 in .270 and
made a heart shot when the buck stopped
at 40 yards. Thinking it was a 12-point, he
was shocked to see the buck actually had 17
points in all, resulting in a net score of 157½,
missing the B&C book by a mere 2½ inches.

After a 4 a.m. breakfast, riding on horseback
into their hunting area and watching a beautiful sunrise not many get to experience, John,
right, and his guide, Cole Hill of Swift Creek
Outfitters, were already having a better day
than most on Wyoming's rifle elk opener. But
after noon it got better, when the pair heard a
bull elk respond almost immediately to their
calls from a timber hole. John could soon see
the big bull picking its way through the dense
timber-it was coming! At 100 yards, he took
the shot with his trusty old Ruger 77 in .338
Win. Mag. At the crack of the rifle, the giant
bull dropped to the dirt. Guide Cole commented that in all his years of hunting, he'd
never seen a bull hit the ground so hard and
make a cloud of dust so big.
june 2017 ❘

■ Erica Torres, Enterprise, Ala.

Erica, 14, was on a mission for hogs with her
dad, Omar, on the Fort Rucker Army post in
southeast Alabama carrying the AR-15 they
built together in 6.8 SPC. After arriving before
sunup, the two had walked just over a mile
when a doe crossed their path. Erica's dad
suggested they direct their attention to the
spot from where the deer had come. About
80 yards away, a boar stepped out and presented Erica with a broadside shot. She placed
the bullet perfectly behind the shoulder, and
the hog ran 50 yards down into the creek bed
and collapsed. What a great pig!

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