What happens when a former Marine Platoon Sergeant, an NFL linebacker, and a former CEO come to Oregon from Florida for a combo buck mule deer and cow elk hunt? Apparently it is the recipe for a lot of laughs; successful trekking through various terrain; and an all-around good time.
The three friends—accompanied by a father-in-law—were welcomed back to the ranch for another fall hunt this past week. Andrew Prilliman, former USMC Sergeant and Operation Iraqi Freedom war veteran, has been to the ranch on several occasions and is the president of National Christian Foundation Outdoors—a role that has him travelling throughout year to different locations hunting and fishing. The platform was formed within the National Christian Foundation for the purpose of accelerating relationships with business leaders and professional athletes, using the outdoors as a venue to further the mission of NCF. The NCF is the largest Christian grant-making foundation in the world.
Adam Hayward and Mike Clark joined Prilliman on the NCFO trip westward for the second time. Hayward is currently a free agent after spending 2007 through 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2014 and 2015 with the Washington Redskins, serving as a captain for both teams. Clark, founder and former CEO of Protect My Ministry, currently works to further develop Advocates of Love, an organization he founded in 2013 to help provide for orphans in need in the Dominican Republic. All four hunters filled their tags and will be feasting from their freezers for the coming months.
Prilliman claims the atmosphere keeps him coming back to Antone Ranch.
“There’s large quantities of quality game in one of the prettiest places I’ve been. You can be hunting in a high desert setting in the morning, glassing for a nice buck in the brush or canyon areas, and then moving in on elk up in the timber during the evening.”
He also added that the fishing and other activities on the ranch are an added bonus once tags are filled. “It’s just a great place with everything you could want in a western ranch.”