Northeast Wisconsin Chapter

Mitchell Carpenter's Monster Buck
by Cal Ort, President, NE Wisconsin Chapter


Wisconsin Chapter Mitchell Carpenter is a 14-year-old young man who suffers from Juvenile Huntington's Disease. Juvenile Huntington's Disease is like a combination of Muscular Dystrophy & Parkinson's Disease which leaves him very stiff, unbalanced, and with limited sight and speech.


Mitchell's uncle contacted N.E. Wisconsin Chapter vice president Mark Schultz and let him now about Mitchell's problems and his dream to shoot a "monster buck." After a short conversation with Mark, I contacted Bob Singler--the owner of Wolf River Preserve in Shiocton, Wisconsin, who frequently donates whitetail hunts to our chapter fundraisers--about possibly putting on a hunt for Mitchell. Bob was more than willing to help Mitchell achieve his dream. Paul Siebers, a board member, graciously volunteered to mount the head at no cost.


After a busy Fall season, Bob finished building an elevated blind with a shooting bench in it and finally everything was ready. After a big snow storm and another week of frigid temperatures the big day finally arrived. Mitchell was accompanied by his stepfather Theron and his uncles Dan and Joe, and was guided by Bob's brother, Ed. After a couple hours and seeing several does and smaller bucks, Mitchell's dream buck appeared and Mitchell sealed the deal with a great shot!


According to his mother, Bonnie Coats: "It's hard saying who was more excited, Mitchell or his uncles! We are all about making memories and this was a huge one for all of them. We come from a long line of deer hunters and Mitchell has always dreamed of shooting a monster buck! The deer put on a lot of miles as Mitchell was very proud and eager to show it to his friends and relatives!"


For one day, Mitchell, a boy with JHD, lived the dream and was the "Great White Hunter!"


"We can't thank Bob & Ed Singler of Wolf River Preserve and the N.E. Wisconsin Chapter of SCI enough for providing this opportunity to Make Mitchell's wish a reality!"


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