Sporting Times Ranch 2019
The day started out cold, but after breaking through the Ice on the lake many trout were caught and great memories made on the inaugural Predator Hunting and Fly Fishing trip to Sporting Times Ranch near Canon City Colorado. Alumni helping out with the trip cleared the way for some amazing trout fishing after breaking up the ice so we could get the flies down to the fish. The coyotes won this match up, but Mark was able to get a shot off at one coming into the Call during the evening hunt. Everyone was well fed with our host Cort ending the evening with a dinner of Venison and Pheasant.
Meet Our Participant
Mark was born in1979 in Lakeland Florida and lived there until he turned 18 and joined the US ARMY in 1997.
“I SERVED AS AN 88M (HEAVY WHEELED VEHICLE OPERATOR)(1997-2005 & 2009-2015) IN VARIOUS DUTY STATIONS TO INCLUDE FT. POLK, LA, FT. BRAGG, NC, FT. CARSON, CO. AND FT. BLISS TX.”
DEPLOYMENTS INCLUDE OPERATION TF HOPE, CENTRAL AMERICA 98-99, OIF I 2003-2004, OIF II & III 2004-2005, OIF ‘NEW DAWN” 09-10, & OEF 12-13.
“I SERVED IN MANY DUTY POSITIONS DURING MY TIME IN SERVICE BUT MY BEST TIMES WERE WITH A TIGHT NIT SQUAD THAT COULD KICK IN DOORS, TAKE EPW’S AND THEN DRIVE THEM TO A REMOTE PRISION FOR ENTERRIGATIONS IN 2003 IRAQ WITH THE 82ND AIRBORNE IN WHICH I SERVED AS A PARATROOPER…….AIRBORNE!
I AM MARRIED TO MY LOVELY WIFE SARA AND WE HAVE 3 KIDS, PAIGE, ISAIAH, AND CARSON. WE ENJOY FAMILY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TOGETHER SUCH AS HIKING, FISHING, KAYAKING AND SKIING. I HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO SARA FOR 10 WONDERFUL YEARS AND WE LIVE IN PEYTON COLORADO. MY HOBBIES INCLUDE HIKING, HUNTING, AND FISHING IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE HOBBIES.”
Mark will join Hooks and Fur Pro Staff and Alumni for a day of predator hunting and fly fishing at Sporting Times Ranch on 2 November 2019.
Meet Our Participant
We are pleased to introduce:
SFC Eric Ramsey retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. He served in Georgia, Korea, Arizona, Australia, Alaska and Colorado, with deployments to the Middle East, and Ethiopia and combat deployment to Afghanistan. Eric took advantage of his assignments and went fishing and hunting whenever possible. He loves the outdoors and uses it as an escape from the crazy day to day life.
Meet Our Participant
We are pleased to introduce
MSG Bill Midkiff
A husband, father and veteran with over 24 years of service within the Army. As a All Source Intelligence professional, He has served in Korea, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Florida and Colorado. The majority of his service has been within the Special Operations world to include assignments at 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Combat deployments include Iraq and Afghanistan and training/support missions to multiple European counties.
He will be a participant at our Hooks and Fur trip to Sporting Times Ranch near Cañon City Colorado on the 2nd of November.
Arizona Predator Hunting Trip
The first Hooks and Fur Predator Hunting trip near Show Low Arizona was a success. Participants spent 3 days hunting coyotes, foxes and bobcats in the area. The trip was a success thanks to donors and sponsors who helped make the trip possible. Thank you to John and Darrell for planning and setting up this special hunt for our Combat Veteran participants.
We have a new Ambassador!
Meet our new ambassador CW5 Brian Masterson. We are honored to have him join the Hooks and Fur Family.
CW5 Brian F. Masterson
CW5 Brian Masterson grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania, where he excelled at wrestling, track, and cross country. Shortly after graduating high school, Brian fulfilled his childhood dream and entered the US Army as an infantryman. He served six years in the infantry in the 3rd Armored Division, 9th Infantry Division, and the 101st Airborne Divisions holding positions up to squad leader.
In 1992, CW5 Masterson graduated the Special Forces Qualifications Course as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant. He was then assigned to 7th Special Forces Group, where he served five years on a Special Forces Detachment Alpha as a junior and senior communications sergeant.
In 1998, CW5 Masterson became a Special Forces Warrant Officer and was assigned back to 7th Special Forces Group. As a Special Forces Warrant Officer, Brian has held key leadership and management positions at the detachment, company, battalion, group, regimental and Theater levels. In terms of regional expertise, Brian has worked extensively in Central and South America and the Middle East.
In terms of education, Brian has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science History, Magna Cum Laude, from Campbell University. His military education includes the Special Forces Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course, and Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course.
CW5 Masterson recently concluded his last assignment in 7th Special Forces Group as the Command Chief Warrant Officer, which is part of the command team for the 2500-person organization. He expects to retire in May of 2020 after 33-years of service.
Brian is married to the former Evelyn Carrillo-Cañar from Quito, Ecuador. They have two teenaged child, Ian and Isabella.
Meet our Participants
SFC Destin Benoit BIO
SFC Destin Benoit was born in Lafayette, LA on 12 September 1976. He enlisted in the
Army on 12 November 1996 and attended basic training and advanced individual training (AIT)
at Infantry Training Center, Fort Benning, Georgia. After completion of AIT, he attended Airborne School, in Ft. Benning, GA. Upon completion of Airborne School, SFC Benoit reported to 2ndID Korea.
While assigned to 2nd ID SFC Benoit participated in the 8th Army boxing tournament placing 1st
in the heavyweight division. His next duty station was Fort Hood TX were he attended
the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina In
November 1998. He began the Special Forces Qualification Course in October 1999 and learned
the Serbian Croatian language and attained the MOS 18B, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. He
went on to graduate the Special Forces Qualification Course February 2000 earning the Green
Beret. Following the Q-Course he was stationed at Fort Carson Co, 3rd BN 10th SFG (A). He was
assigned Operation Detachment Alpha (ODA) 095. During this assignment, He attended the
USASFC (A) Mountaineering Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Course, Marine
Scout Sniper Course and the U.S. Army Ranger School. As a member of ODA 095, SFC Benoit
participated in Operation Rapid Guardian in Kosovo along the Serbian border. ODA 095
conducted an airborne assault onto Bashur DZ during the initial invasion of Iraq as a part of
Operation Northern Front and rolled into Operation Viking Hammer in support of Iraqi Freedom.
He then spent the next 10 months in combat operation in and Kirkuk, Ballad, Tikrit, and Bagdad. He then arrived
back to Colorado for a few months and then redeployed for OIF II.
Following OIF II, He was stationed at Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen, Germany with 1stBN 10th SFG
(A) were he was assigned to ODA 033 and 026. During this assignment he attended the Advanced
Special Operations Technician course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Course Target
Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC), Special Forces Sniper Course
(SFSC), Senior Troop Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) Instructor, and
USAFRICOM Commanders Response Force (CRF) Assault Force and Sniper Cell Leader.
During his assignment in Germany he was deployed to Bosnia three times, Africa twice, and
After Germany he was then reassigned to 10thSFG (A) Fort Carson Co and volunteered for the
Special Operations Multi- Purpose Canine Team (MPC). Spending three years with the MPC
Team deploying two more times to Iraq. He was then assigned to 2nd BN 10th SFG (A) on ODA
0234 Sniper Observer Team and start up the new 10thgroup (CRF). On ODA 0234 he completed
Military Free Fall Course, Special Forces Intelligence Course, and Irish Hard Target Interdiction
Course. After spending two years 0234 and dealing with three major surgeries. He volunteered to
be a Senior Sniper Instructor for the Advanced Skills Company in 10th group. Where I continued
to work until He separated from the Army.
His awards and qualifications include 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 1 Bronze Star with V, 2
Bronze Stars, 1 Purple Heart Ribbon, 1 Army Commendation Medals with V, 3 Army
Commendation Medals, 4 Army Achievement Medals, 7 Good Conduct Medals, 1 Iraqi
Campaign Medal with Arrow Head Device and 3 Campaign stairs, 1 Afghan Campaign with 2
Campaign Stairs, 1 GWOT Medal, 1 GWOT Expeditionary Medal, 4 Non-Commissioned
Officer Development Ribbons, 3 NATO Metals, 2 Joint Service Commendation Medal, 1 Korean
Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Medal. Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, CIB, EIB,
Master Parachutist Badge, HALO Badge.
Key Largo Florida 2019
We were Honored to partner with Peter and Bobby from KeysAffordableFishing.com and provide an awesome day Deep Sea Fishing near Key Largo Florida. We were joined by 4 Special Operations Combat Veterans from Special Operation Command South. The highlight of the trip was this 400lb Blue Marlin.
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