The Michigan Taxidermist Association’s Dream Makers was started when a couple of members lost their 11-year-old nephew named Timmy to leukemia. A dream of Timmy’s was to be able to go hunting. But, before he could recognize his dream, he lost his battle with the disease. This couple approached the Michigan Taxidermist Association with an idea, to set up outdoor adventure trips so the terminally ill or physically challenged youth of our great state would be able to fulfill their dreams of hunting and fishing. The Members of the Michigan Taxidermist Association truly believe the youth of our state are our future, and what a better way of showing our beliefs than by helping make the dreams of kids come true.
The “Dream Makers” are a
group of members that volunteer their time and energy in organizing outings and taxidermy services for the youth in Michigan. Our focus is strictly on the dreams of terminally ill or physically challenged kids between the ages of 6 and 18. The MTA, with monies and items collected from generous donations, provides all costs of the hunt, taxidermy services, and clothing. No money is expected or collected from the youth or their family. All the family of the youth needs to do, is provide transportation to the arranged location and provide any medical care necessary.
The Michigan Taxidermist Association truly believes that these children are very special people. There are so many things that we can learn from their determination and drive. The smiles on these kid’s faces are priceless. The MTA needs your assistance however. If you know of a child, can offer assistance in booking a hunt or can donate money to this great program please contact us. This project can only continue with the support of our volunteers and donors.
Since 2014 Agrens Animal Artistry has been an active supporter in the Dream Makers program. At the 2015 Michigan Taxidermy Convention I mounted a deer on stage for a young man named Wyatt! This year I accepted the offer to mount another young mans deer. His name is Drew and I will again be mounting his deer at the 2016 MTA Convention.
(Pics from mounting Drews buck below)
I donate the tanning of these animals and all my time to mount them. If you would like to help fund a hunt please view the video and following link to support "Hunting for Hope"!
Drews finished mount above!