By David Sullivan
-- Buckmasters American Deer Foundation is accepting bids (eBay auction number 180355583699) for a very special hunt that will place you in the thick of the action on a TV hunt with Jackie Bushman! As high bidder, you and one friend or family member will be there for the 2009 Life Hunt Classic with Buckmasters. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting ill and disabled children (and some adults) through BADF Life Hunts.
As winning bidder, you and your guest will attend the 2 1/2-day event. You’ll meet Jackie Bushman, some very special ill and disabled hunters, and other guest celebrities. You will witness the filming of our signature Life Hunt in the famous central Alabama Black Belt — and get to hunt yourself! Both the winning bidder and the guest will be permitted to harvest one trophy buck and one doe.
This hunt offers a unique opportunity for a memorable gift to a friend of loved one, or a dream come true for an avid Buckmasters fan. Create wonderful memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. One thing is certain: your outlook on life will not be the same after participating in this event.
Volunteer celebrities have been known to participate in the Buckmasters Life Hunt Classic. Since the schedules of these wonderful folks are so unpredictable, we normally don’t know until just before the event who might be attending. It’s exciting to know that just about anyone could show up! Famous celebrities such as Jeff Foxworthy, Aaron Tippen, Ward Burton, Irlene Mandrell, Jim Thome, Troy Gentry, Rhett Akins and Mark Chestnut have been involved with the event in the past. Any attending celebrities will be there to spend time with all present, sign autographs and possibly even put on a private performance around the campfire.
The auctioned hunt covers 2 1/2 days of semi-guided trophy deer hunting, game retrieval and quartering, lodging (at a nearby hotel or bed and breakfast) and lunch and dinner each day. Some Realtree clothing, a package of Streamlight products, and other products from various Buckmasters sponsors will be provided. Exact hunt dates have not yet been set, but The Classic always starts at noon on a Monday in mid-January and ends after dark on the following Wednesday. Dates should be determined very soon.
The location is a privately owned non-commercial property in central Alabama. The winning bidder will have 1,150 acres with food plots to hunt during his trip, which is on the outer edge of the plantation. Stands will be assigned by your guide. If you want to bring a climbing stand, we can work with you on a setup. This is the Alabama Black Belt, and it will be during the rut!
Winning bidder and the guest will hunt his site and go to the main meeting location each day at mid-day and in the evening. Lodging will be provided within 30 minutes from the meeting camp. The winning bidder must provide transportation to the event, and to and from the hotel to the hunt site. Winner must also purchase and possess a valid Alabama hunting license. Each hunter must bring personal safety gear such as a treestand harness if hunting off the ground. Since this is a very special event for our challenged and ill hunters, camera crews will not be available to film the auction winner’s hunts.
Ladder stands and ground blinds will be used for hunting over food plots, as well as stands of timber. Hunters may use rifles or primitive gear. Bucks taken should be mature deer with 8 points or better.
Proper conduct of the winning bidder and will be expected at all times while attending the event. Hunters must provide proof of a valid Alabama hunting license. You must be 18 to bid. Upon bidding on this hunt, the bidder agrees that he or she understands that it is at Buckmasters discretion to determine whether the high bidder exhibits inappropriate behavior during the event. The high bidder also understands that he or she will be required to read and sign a release of liability for Buckmasters, BADF and the property owners.
All funds from this auction will benefit BADF Life Hunts, a program that provides quality all-expense-paid hunts to children and some adults with life threatening illnesses and disabilities. BADF has granted more than 400 Life Hunts since 1994. For information on Life Hunts, visit http://www.badf.org
There aren’t many guarantees when it comes to hunting. We cannot promise the auction winner big bucks, although you will be in a good place for an opportunity. We can’t give the assurance that the weather will cooperate, but we can promise you this: the funds raised from this auction will be used to touch the lives of those who need a glimmer of hope.
For more questions or information, please send an eBay message or call (205) 366-8415. Serious bidders only, please. Payment must be made by check within seven days of auction end.
Typically, we hit some point of the rut with the timing of this hunt. Experienced hunters know that the rut is unpredictable, especially in Alabama. The weather will influence deer and rut activity.
There are some 150-class deer around, but it is real, fair-chase hunting, and we can’t promise anything except that it will be an experience you will never forget!
The photos are shown are from past Life Hunts on this property.
NOTE FOR BIDDING HUNTERS WITH DISABILITIES: Before bidding on this hunt please contact me and let’s discuss your mobility. We are limited on what types of disabilities we can take on this particular auctioned hunt.
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