by Ben Sobieck, online editor
Sept. 30, 2008, D&DH posted this
entry here on the Rub Line Blog. At only 13, hunter Zachary McAmis was well on
his way to a successful hunting career. He had just killed a mature 10-point Kansas
On top of the deer, his family had another reason to celebrate. Zachary was born with
a life-threatening heart condition. He was never supposed to live long enough to have
killed that Kansas buck. Despite the odds against him, Zachary grew to become an accomplished
Zachary pursued the richness of the outdoors every chance he could. While fishing
on a creek bank, his heart stopped beating. He died on June 6, 2009.
But the hunt isn’t over yet. Zachary’s parents, Cece and Phil McAmis, started Mission
2011. It’s an organization aimed at getting 100,000 kids into the outdoor sports.
Phil posted this
story about the founding of Mission. He wrote:
“My little man was gone. I had so much left to teach him. So much left
to do. Who would I hunt with now? Who would I share my stands with? I was broken.
“The answer came the following September when a friend of mine asked me if I would
take his son Kiel out to kill a deer. I would have said no but Kiel was Zac’s best
“The next day Jim, Kiel, and I headed out to the deer blind and Kiel shot his first
big buck. I had my answers. Zac’s legacy would live on. There are young people all
over who need good mentors.”
Participating in Mission could
not be easier.
First, introduce a youth into the outdoor sports. That could mean deer hunting, an
afternoon fishing, a few rounds on the range, cooking game together, heading out camping
or even just explaining why the outdoors are important.
Last, tell others to do the same.
That’s it. There’s no money involved, just your time. That’s more valuable than any
dollar amount to a kid who needs an outdoors mentor.