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2017 Kendall County


Wild Game Dinner magazine

The Matkin Family Hunting Helps This Boerne Family Lay a Foundation for Their Sons

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Meet the Scholarship Recipients and so much more! JOIN THE FUN! Saturday, November 4th @ the Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center Located off of IH-10 at 649 FM 289 – Comfort, Texas

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Greetings everyone! We are so excited to present our 7th Wild Game Dinner on November 4, 2017 at the Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center located at 648 FM 289 in Comfort. This year, we’ve made a few changes! First of all, we’ve changed our name! We are now known as the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner. The timing is perfect because our event has a new benefactor, the Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center. We’d like to say a special thank you to the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce for this incredible gift. Thank you! We wouldn’t be here without you. When we say “we do this for the kids”, know that we mean it! We will continue with our scholarships to area seniors pursuing a degree in Agriculture, Wildlife Management and the Culinary Arts. This event also allows us the opportunity to plan for the future of the facility where the youth of Kendall County can gather for their livestock projects and agricultural activities. What hasn’t changed? The fantastic food, amazing auction items, games, vendors and so on! We will have 20 plus cook teams joining us again this year and as we’ve always said, our cooks are the backbone of this event. They are the reason that we draw the huge crowds year after year! You can expect everything from Axis to Wild Boar and it’s probably bacon wrapped, sizzled, seared or sautéed! This group can cook! For many of you, this may be your first experience with the Wild Game Dinner. We are all volunteers and

2017 Kendall County


Wild Game Dinner magazine

Hunting Helps This Boerne Family Lay a Foundation for Their Sons

Kelly Gray:


Meet the Scholarship Recipients and so much more! JOIN THE FUN! Saturday, November 4th @ the Kendall County Youth, Agriculture & Equestrian Center Located off of IH-10 at 649 FM 289 – Comfort, Texas


Many Thanks,

Beca Short & Karen Daly Event Co-Chairs

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work full time jobs. For some of us, we work on this event 12 months out of the year. “Why you ask?” It’s simple…we love this event! We love the fact that we provide family fun and entertainment at a reasonable price so that all can enjoy it. We love the fact that we, hands down, have the best food of any of these dinners in the State of Texas. Yes, that is a big and bold statement, but if you’ve been, you know this to be a fact! Our cook teams are handpicked. If we haven’t eaten your cooking, you don’t stand a chance of joining this group. Our cooks are not professionals, they simply love to cook. If you ask any of them “why do you cook?” the answer is simple, “because Beca or Karen asked.” All are friends and family. We could not do this without the help and dedication of over 500 volunteers. They are a great bunch of folks who jump in where needed to lend a hand. Be sure and thank them when you see them. They are a hardworking crew! By now you realize we throw a great party, have a ton of fun, cook some amazing food and raise a bunch of money for the kids! We hope you’ll join us on November 4th at the Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center located at 648 FM 289 in Comfort. Gates open at 4:00 pm and we will begin serving at 6:00 pm!


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Contents TA B L E O F

Don’t Miss the Food & Fun of the 7th Annual Kendall County Wild Game Dinner!

saturday, November 4th Gates open at 4pm Food Starts at 6pm Tickets $20 at the Door

Fun for the Whole Family!!

presenting sponsors

08: about the WGD

33: presenting sponsor

12: cook teams

34: live auction item

14: photo fun

36: scholarships

16: presenting sponsor

38: art

18: profile

42: scholarships

Same Great Event, Another Great Cause Food, Folks & Fun! Crazy Cooks Bandera Electric Cooperative

Kelly Gray: She Hunts in Wild, Unspoiled Places

21: scholarships

Katherine Haile

22: presenting sponsor Ye Kendall Inn

24: photo fun

Kids Corner

26: scholarships Garrett Uhl

28: cover feature

The Matkin Family: Hunting Helps this Boerne Family Lay a Foundation for Their Sons

Wheelers Feed & Outfitters

Cabo San Lucas Trip Sarabeth Boggan 2017 Featured Wildlife Artists Coggin Galbreath

44: photo fun

Shop ‘Til You Drop

46: recipes 48: live auction item

Kendall County Texas Engraved Rifle

49: Guns

2017 WGD Gun List

50: event map 52: photo fun

Wildest Fans

30: live auction item update Chloe and Maggie: Livin’ the Good Life

The Kendall County Wild Game Dinner Magazine is published by the Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center, copyright 2017. Reproduction is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in The Kendall County Wild Game Dinner Magazine are those of the writers or sources and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher, nor do they constitute the endorsement of products or services herein. Although the information and recommendations in this publication have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable, the Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for, the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information and recommendations.



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Sometimes, great gifts turn up at opportune times. This past spring the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce announced that it would entrust the Wild Game Dinner event to the Kendall County Youth Agriculture & Equestrian Center (KCYAEC). Coincidentally, the Center’s board of directors had been discussing ideas for a major fundraiser such as a ranch rodeo, cowboy gathering, or other outdoorsy, Americana-themed event to fund scholarships, as well as to ensure the sustainability of the new facility. The Chamber’s transfer of the Wild Game Dinner to the Center was indeed a great gift at the right time.


Created in 2011, the Wild Game Dinner was the brainchild of Beca Short, who at that time served as the chair of the Chamber board. “We wanted to create something that we could build on and continue for years to come,” said Short. “The 4-H and Jr. Livestock program and the Wild Game Dinner are near and dear to my heart. When offered the opportunity to transition the Wild Game Dinner to a new organization, it was a dream come true to be able to name the KCYAEC as the new beneficiary of the event,” said Short, who co-chairs the Dinner with Karen Daly. “Everyone is super excited about the transition and

2016 Wild Game Dinner Crowd the community support has been overwhelming,” said Short. With 72,000 square feet under one roof, the Center is the largest, outdoor, covered venue in the county and is the new home of the Kendall County Jr. Livestock Association and the Kendall County 4-H Horse Club. The two non-profit groups joined forces to raise funds and design and build the facility on land leased from the County at Joshua Springs Park and Preserve. Relying upon a very large volunteer base with no paid staff, they recently formed a non-profit organization to manage and operate the facility. The Youth Ag & Equestrian Center actually hosted the 2016 Wild Game Dinner with more than 4,000 persons attending. The tremendous growth of the event during the past six years is expected to continue. Chamber President and CEO Joe Granados thinks the move is a winwin for the entire community. “As a Chamber we are excited about the transition to the Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center. We are confident that Beca, along with the KCYAEC Board and volunteers, will continue to grow this event,” said Granados. The Chamber Chairman of the Board, Baron Houser, thinks it makes sense for the Wild Game Diner to be held in support of the Center. “The Greater Boerne Chamber has gone through some big changes over the

KCYAEC Vision Statement: Shaping the future by supporting, promoting and engaging our County youth, their families and the general public in livestock husbandry and equestrian activities.



Economic impact:

“This event alone was responsible for an estimated 166 room nights in Boerne generating more than $29,000 in total spending in the city,” said Geistweidt. “There were also an estimated 58 room nights in Kendall County outside the city limits.”

last year and a half. We evaluated class facility,” said Wisian. how we could better serve our According to KCYAEC members and be better partners Treasurer, David Geistweidt, with our community leaders. the Center is available throughDuring that process we felt that it out the year at no cost for was time to pass the Wild Game youth events including the Dinner over to another agency. annual Jr. Livestock Show The transition creates an opportu- and Sale, 4-H Horse Club nity for us to better serve our mis- educational and competitive sion and provides a phenomenal pursuits, and other 4-H activisupport mechanism for our area ties. All remaining dates on the youth,” said Houser. calendar are available KCYAEC President, for rental to help offset Andra Wisian, believes operating expenses. that the Wild Game “Our rental bookDinner is a natural fit. ings are extensive “The Center serves a including youth rodetarget market tied to rural os, team ropings, barand outdoor lifestyles. Kendyl Rust rel racing and roping We could not have clinics, goat sales, a tailored a better fundraiser than junior market sheep show, and the Wild Game Dinner and we a very large market-day event are very grateful to the Chamber last spring with approximately for entrusting this established 8,500 persons coming through and well-branded event to us,” the Center in three days. This said Wisian. “Proceeds from the event alone was responsible for Dinner will continue to fund an estimated 166 room nights scholarships, as well as capital in Boerne generating more than improvements and operations for $29,000 in total spending in the the Center ensuring the 4-H and city,” said Geistweidt. “There Jr. Livestock youth have a firstcontinued on page 10

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A glimpse of events at the Center throughout the year

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TEXAS BEST SHOW SERIES (SEPT. 2 & 3) Texas' premier lamb jackpot show circuit, TBSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to kids getting show ring experience and earning great awards in a family-oriented environment. AG DAY HOSTED BY KENDALL COUNTY FARM BUREAU (SEPT. 14) This event will host approximately 700 4th graders from Boerne and Comfort schools. Highlights include the mobile dairy classroom, a sheep shearing demonstration, introduction to owning a horse,

trapping animal predators, and introductory information about cattle, chickens, and hogs.

YOUTH HORSE CLUB OF THE HILL COUNTRY FALL RODEO (DATE NOT SET AT PRESS TIME) Organized in 1996 in Boerne, the Youth Horse Club of the Hill Country provides opportunity for area youth to rodeo at a beginner to intermediate level in a family atmosphere. HORSE JUDGING CONTEST (OCT. 7) Organized and run by the 4-H Horse Club, both FFA and 4-H judging teams from across Texas are invited to compete in this contest to get ready for the upcoming season.

J&K TEAM ROPING (SEPT. 23, 24 / OCT. 14, 15 / NOV. 24-26) This is a series of numbered team ropings accommodating various levels of ropers. LARI DEE GUY ROPING CLINIC, (SEPT. 29 & 30) The 4-H Horse Club is bringing back WPRA champion, Lari Dee Guy, for a breakaway roping clinic for youth and adults.

STOCK SHOW SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER – Boerne FFA Chapter Show, Dec. 2 – Comfort FFA Alumni Association Goat Show, Dec. 16 – Kendall County Jr. Livestock Association Annual Show and Sale, Jan. 12 & 13, 2018

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KCYAEC Mission: To provide a sustainable livestock and equestrian facility for Kendall County 4-H, FFA and Jr. Livestock youth, fund scholarships, and make available a multi-purpose venue for the Texas Hill Country community and beyond. WILD GAME DINNER | 2017

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PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THERAPEUTIC HORSEMEN (NOV. 11) A non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado, PATH promotes the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies. The organization is holding its international conference in San Antonio and the group will spend a day at the Center for various workshops.

were also an estimated 58 room nights in Kendall County outside the city limits, but that data is not tracked as it is within the city of Boerne.” Dating from 1939, the livestock program in Kendall County has a rich heritage, with many generations of the county’s youth learning to be productive, responsible leaders. For seven decades, hundreds of citizens have served as directors and volunteers for the Junior Livestock Association, while thousands of community members and business owners have supported the sale financially by purchasing animals and cheering on the young participants. Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Stephen Zoeller reports that membership in 4-H and FFA is up across the


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county, with around 400 youth expected to participate in the county show and sale set for January 12 and 13, 2018. “The 2017 sale hit a million-dollar milestone with direct livestock purchases by bidders, plus add-on money to individual participants. “To a lot of them, this is the start of their college savings,” said Zoeller. During the past three years, these programs have generated more than $200,000 in direct scholarships, as well as more than $3,000,000 for higher academic and technical/vocational education from the Jr. Livestock Association auction and from auctions at major shows. Reports from Texas AgriLife Extension indicate that youth participating in these programs are 70% more likely to attend an institution of higher learning after high school graduation. Many of these youth graduate with a substantial part of their college or technical school paid thanks to these opportunities. A long-time supporter of the project, County Judge Darrel Lux said, “The new Youth Ag and Equestrian Center will foster economic development in Kendall County for years to come. It also gives families from all socioeconomic levels the opportunity to work together on projects that instill responsibility and develop the character of our Kendall County youth.” The KCYAEC 13-member board of directors includes five representatives from Junior Livestock, five from the 4-H Horse Club, and three members from the community. Directors include Andra Wisian, President; Krista Upham, Vice President; Meg Grier, Secretary; David Geistweidt, Treasurer; Wayne Zoeller; Weston Hamilton; Craig Jackson; Shawn Rust; Jack Speir; Rick Wood; Dwaine Rivers; Cliff Wheeler; and Mike Lang.

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Food, Folks Fun!


Have you ever heard the saying, “Too many cooks spoil the soup?” Well when it comes to the cook teams at the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner nothing could be further from the truth! “Our cook teams are the backbone of this event,” said Beca Short, co-chair of the Wild Game Dinner. “We have over 20 cook teams, each made up of a host of friends and family. These volunteers devote their time and energy into preparing and cooking all the fabulous food that this Wild Game Dinner is known for.” In fact, the food at the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner is so good that it draws folks in droves from near and far. The majority of the cook


teams are not professionals, just friends of Wild Game Dinner co-chairs, Karen Daly and Beca Short, who just so happen to know how to cook and are kind enough to volunteer! Not only is the food delicious, there is plenty of it! Last year’s event fed about 4,000 people and the quantities put out by each cook team are impressive! We’re talking numbers like 200 pounds of bacon, 600 pounds of quail, 700 pounds of venison, and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Here we introduce you to a few of the cook teams that work so tirelessly to make this event happen. See what it is that they love about this event and what keeps them coming back year after year!


This cook team loves to have a good time! Lead by Dutch Short, husband of Beca Short, co-chair of the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner, this team cooks up some mean fried alligator and fried axis meat! As the husband of Beca, Dutch and his friends were most likely signed up to cook before they had ever even heard of the Wild Game Dinner! “We have cooked every year since the event began,” said Dutch. “It is one of our favorite weekends of the year, we have such a good time!” The team is made up of Jess Hawkins, Dale Townsend, Chad Upham, John Mark Matkin, Zane Price, Rex Pierce, Bart Tucker, Keith Hallmark and Rick Meadors. Rito Schladoer and Robert Ellebracht also cook up axis chili to serve at the Dinner. If you are looking to have some fun, this team and all the friends and family who stop by to help out, sure know how to have a great time, all while cooking up tons of tasty food. Last year, the Sip N Shooters cook team put out 200 pounds of Alligator, 200 pounds of Fried Axis, and 100 pounds of Axis Chili!


The Maroon Out Grillers have been cooking for the Wild Game Dinner since its inception. Made up of Mike and Lynn Lang, Karen Daly, Dawn Fulghan, De Van and Susan Watts, and Mike and Diane Arthur this group has their Bacon Wrapped Nilgai down to an art. “Last year this group made and cooked 2,000 of the wraps! So what exactly is a Nilgai?



MAROON OUT GRILLERS Bacon Wrapped Nilgai SIP N SHOOTERS Fried Alligator & Axis/Chili MIKE SAUR AUTOMOTIVE Axis Guisada HOG WILD Pulled Pork Sliders GRILL BILLIES Jalapeno Bacon Wrapped Quail Breast PITLICIOUS Quail Leg Skewers PEDROTTI'S WILD PIZZA Wild Game Pizza LAZYBCRAZY CHOWBOYS Crawfish Pasta



ROAD KILL GRILLERS Venison Fajitas ALAMO MEAT MARKET Jalapeno Cheese Venison Sausage KLEIN SMOKEHAUS Wild Boar Sausage & Wild Board Queso COME & GET IT CHUCKWAGON Wild Hog Tacos UP IN SMOKE Venison Sliders RAJUN CAJUN Jambalaya HOHMANN WELDING & SUPPLY Beef Brisket and Beans LONE STAR ROASTERS Roasted Corn


One Thing Is for Sure! You won’t go hungr y at the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner!

Check out how much meat was cooked up at last year’s event:

• 2000 Nilgai Wraps • 200 lbs of Fried Fish • 700 lbs of Venison • 1000 Buffalo Sliders • 1000 Venison Sliders • 350 lbs Pork Ribs • 375 lbs of Brisket • 100 lbs Venison Stew Meat • 100 lbs Venison Fajitas • 60 lbs Crawfish

• 75 lbs Venison/Pork Klein Light Smoked Sausage • 20 lbs Wild Boar Pork Sausage • 200 lbs of Bacon • 600 lbs of Quail

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County Youth Agricultural and Equestrian Center. When the Chamber of Commerce started the WGD, the purpose was twofold; to help fund the scholarships given by the Chamber, but to also support Chamber operations. Now, all of the funds will support Kendall County youth through scholarships, which will continue, but also by providing funds to help improve and expand the YAEC facility, which is primarily for the youth and families of Kendall County.”


The Rajun Cajun cook team was one of the first to cook at the Wild Game Dinner. Each year they serve up a Wild Bird and Chicken Sausage Gumbo that the event goers go wild for. Team members include Bobby Messina, Mark Trevino, Dan

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The Grill Billies cook team is one of the largest ones to cook at the Wild Game Dinner and they need as much manpower as they can get because their Jalapeño Bacon Wrapped Quail Breasts create one of the longest lines at the Dinner! “Last year we made 4,500 of the wraps,” said Wayne Zoeller. Zoeller and his team made up of Darrell Bourgeois, Mando Giatan, Zack Feller, Mike Day, Gilbert Ellis, Duane Zoeller, Wesley Zoeller, Colton Zoeller, Justin Zoeller and the help of countless other friends, family and wives also cooked a whole hog for last year’s event. They injected the hog and cooked it for a long 22 hours! Once done, they served it on a Hawiian roll with barbeque sauce, which was quite the crowd pleaser. “Cooking for the Wild Game Dinner is a lot of work, but a lot of fun. We do it because every year we have a good time. We are glad to support the KCYAEC!”

Davidsmyer and John Cave. According to Messina, “We have been cooking up gumbo with dove, quail, rabbit and a few other secret ingredients for all these years. We come back to cook at the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner every chance we get. Boerne was my first place to call home when I moved from Louisiana. I raised my son here and called Boerne home for 15 years, so we love to come back and visit.” Messina and his fellow cook team members love to have a good time and according to them the Wild Game CMS COOKERS Dinner is the place to do it. Messina finished by saying, “The This cook team is one of the more gumbo is always hot and the weather is usually cold. We will recent additions. The upcoming Wild Game also have the LSU / Alabama Game on, so drop by our booth Dinner will be the second one for the CMS and have a goooood time!”



Cookers, who cook Wild Boar Racks for the event. This team is made up of a pretty big group and led by brothers Trey and Wade Lowman. According to Trey, “We have about twelve of us that participated, lots of friends and family who chipped in to help!” The Lowman brothers moved to the area from Calallen, Texas and became fast friends with Beca Short, co-chair of the Wild Game Dinner, and her husband Dutch. They mentioned to Beca that they would like to get more involved in the local community and she didn’t hesitate to put them to work! “We grew up doing cookoffs so cooking for the Wild Game Dinner was a natural fit for us. We asked her what type of food the event needed and she suggested Wild Boar Racks,” said Trey. CMS Cookers barbequed up 80 racks, about 800-900 individual ribs, at last year’s event! “That is the most we have EVER had to cook,” Trey said. “We had four separate barbeque pits going. We started our prep at 10:00am the morning of the event, put the ribs on at noon and cooked them for six hours. It was a lot of hard work but we had a blast! We can’t wait for this year’s event and hope to be invited back every year!”




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Before Kelly Gray was born her family spent weekend after weekend, even Christmas holidays, at their deer lease during hunting season. “I’m surprised I wasn’t born at the deer lease,” she says bursting into a hearty laugh. “I was actually born a month early. I was supposed to be born in January, but I was born at the end of December, which is during hunting season. Thank goodness, mom couldn’t make it to the deer lease. I think she had a cold.” Her dad taught Kelly how to shoot and to properly handle guns at an early age. So she was ready when he took her on her first hunt at age 7. They went to a deer blind where they brought a large cache of Jolly Rancher candy, oranges, apples, and fresh pecans to crack. When a buck suddenly appeared in the thicket, her dad quietly asked her if she was ready to shoot. Busy munching on an apple, she replied, “No, I want to finish this apple.” Needless to say, she didn’t get her deer that day. Nor anytime soon thereafter despite all the many times her family trekked to their deer lease or camped out in the Colorado Rockies. It wasn’t until Kelly was 18 that she bagged her first whitetail. Today, hunting is a mainstay in her life.


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where the temperature dropped to minus 40 degrees. She flew from Edmonton to Yellowknife, which is where the tree line stopped, and then on to Kugluktuk, a small village inhabited by Inuit Eskimos. “We hunted Muskox out of Kugluktuk. It’s a magnificent animal from the Pleistocene Ice Age noted for their long curved horns, thick coat, and the musky odor of the males in their mid-August rut. The meat is really good,” Kelly notes. She remembers the air brittle with the cold. And everywhere she looked, she saw everything covered in a milky white. In fact, one day of hunting was suspended because of a whiteout.


For various reasons, some people are opposed to hunting. But there’s nothing ecologically damaging about hunting. It and so much more! can actually benefit the animals by preventing overpopular tion, which can lead to starvation during winter months. Gray was the winner of the Wild Game Dinner Cover Photo Contest “The brown bear I killed probably wouldn’t have in both 2014 and 2016! survived the harsh winter because he was on his last leg,” Kelly declares. Today, 15 years later, her company, rifles, the different barrels used with “And brown bears will kill their own. They’ll kill the Trailers Unlimited, is considered one them, ammunition, and how they all babies to bring the mom back in heat. If you don’t keep the of the largest Platinum dealerships in operated,” she says. males in check, you’re not going to have any babies, and Now when she hunts she can hit eventually no bears.” the U.S. Like any entrepreneur, Kelly found game at 750 yards. She also tells of killing three mountain lions in five days running a business is stressful. Hunting, in Arizona. “The Park ranger told us that they nearly killed an REMOTE HUNTS however, helps relieve that stress. entire elk herd, so if you don’t keep them in check, you aren’t Past hunting trips have taken her “Hunting to me is down time. It going to have any elk,” she adds. to remote areas of the world, includenables me to get away from the stresses Kelly is quick to note that funds from purchases of ing Africa, British Columbia, Mexico, of life,” she confides. licenses, equipment, and ammuBut that wasn’t the case nition go to support conservation with her first big game hunt “hunting is a great way to get the whole family involved, efforts for a variety of species. in the mountains of British “I’d also like for people to and to enjoy the outdoors. Remember how great it was understand why people hunt and Columbia. An avid bow hunter, she went into the wildergrowing up when we didn’t have computers and cell that it’s done in a very humane ness with a newly-purchased way. All the meat is used from the phones. We actually played outside.” rifle, a 300 Winchester maganimals harvested. In fact, I’ll again num. be donating meat to the 2017 Wild “I wasn’t as familiar with my new Game Dinner. Alaska, and even the Arctic Circle. rifle and how to operate my scope (the “Besides,” she adds, “hunting is a great way to get the Future trips have her hunting for dangerturret, windage, and elevation operaous game in Africa; Red Stag, Tahr and whole family involved, and to enjoy the outdoors. Remember tions) as I should have been. So the hunt Chamois in New Zealand; Rusa Deer in how great it was growing up when we didn’t have computers was pretty much a disaster,” she says. Russia; Ibex in Spain; and Alpine Ibex in and cell phones. We actually played outside.“ Worse still, she was cold and wet most “When you hunt in wild, unspoiled places, you can enjoy Switzerland. of the hunt – largely due to the fact that her the beautiful earth that God created for us,” she says, almost “I go to places in the middle-offemale hunting apparel was nowhere near reverently. nowhere. On my brown bear hunt in as warm as what the men wore. the Katmai National Preserve After that disastrous trip, she got rid in Southern Alaska, we flew of all her female hunting clothes and in on a float plane that took us bought the whole line of men’s Sitka to our camp alongside a lake. hunting apparel which she had altered There’s no town or civilization to fit. anywhere near. You’re virtually While growing up she had always alone in an island of wilderness. shot her father’s rifle – a weapon you “On our moose hunt, we simply aimed and shot. Her new rifle flew to a little village. The only with its advanced technology made way in is by plane or boat. Once shooting considerably more difficult. there, a bush plane picks you Kelly remedied that by attending up and you fly for another 40 numerous Sportsman’s All Weather Allminutes into the wilderness,” Terrain Marksmanship (SAAM) shootshe relates. ing courses taught by former Navy seals. One of her favorite hunts “I learned so much about the newer occurred in the Arctic Circle Meet the Cook Teams

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Proceeds from the Kendall County Wild Game Dinner provide scholarships for local students and benefit the Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center. This years winners are Katherine Haile, Garrett Uhl, SaraBeth Boggan and Coggin Galbreath.

katherine haile

Wild Game Dinner Agriculture Scholarship GRADUATED FROM: Home Schooled MAJOR: Sustainable Ranch Management UNIVERSITY: Sul Ross State University, Class of 2020


She still lives on the family ranch, in the family home in which she was born and raised. Her parents raise cattle and goats and grow the hay they feed their animals. She was home schooled through high school. For the last several years, in addition to contributing to the family ranch by farming, caring for the livestock, and working on equipment, she participated in a wide variety of 4-H and County Farm Bureau activities and projects. Now, Katherine Haile is ready to go to college to prepare to embrace her future. An impressive young woman, Katherine is about to embark on the next phase of her life by joining the Class of 2020 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She’ll be studying Sustainable Ranch management surrounded by two national parks, one national historic site, three state parks, one state historical site, three wildlife management areas, a world-class observatory, and literally millions of privately owned acres

where livelihoods depend on agricultural, land, and resource management. Completing a college education will equip Katherine with many skills and knowledge of agriculture that will ensure that she is well prepared to have a successful future. The University’s degree program suits her career goals and will help her make connections she will need in the years ahead. Finally, she will gain such a broad range of knowledge that she will use to fine tune and focus her objectives on the real path she’s going to choose going forward, Katherine credits the Kendall County 4-H program for giving her the opportunities to develop her leadership and communication skills and organizational talents. The programs offered to local youth help them build character, develop compassion, and become independent. Katherine is the winner of the Agriculture Scholarship funded by the 2016 Boerne Wild Game Dinner. scholarships continued on page 26





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been to the Inn’s guest rooms. Each of the 36 rooms have been uniquely decorated. There are several different types of accommodations to suit any traveler, including historic, courtyard and garden courte rooms, cottages, cabins, a schoolhouse with five rooms, a chapel and even suites. If you are looking to host an event, the Kendall Inn has a variety of event venues as well. Unique to the Inn the Antebellum Courtyard area accommodates ceremonies and receptions in a beautiful outdoor setting. This venue provides a backdrop of the original rock walls of the Ye Kendall Inn and is perfect for a truly southern ambiance. As the day turns to night, the stars come out and the sparkling string lights come alive.

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Garrett uhl

Wild Game Dinner Fine Arts Scholarship


GRADUATED FROM: Boerne High School MAJOR: Mass Communications, Photo Journalism | UNIVERSITY: Stephen F. Austin University, Class of 2020 “I’ve always known I wanted a career in the fine arts,” Garrett says. “An office job, punching numbers into a computer has never appealed to me. My parents both served in the military and while they are both very proud of serving their country, I want to make a contribution to our community in a different way. I want to be actively creating things with my hands, on my own schedule, with nobody to tell me what to do or how to do it. The ability to create works of art fueled by my own creativity is liberating, and I can’t imagine doing anything else for a living.” Garrett was awarded to 2017 Wild Game Dinner Scholarship in Fine Arts. His interest in art began when his mom encouraged him by giving him a book on Van Gogh. Garrett loved dragging his brush across paper to create images. He took art classes through high school. Something different happened when he picked up a camera, igniting a passion, a spark that resulted in him taking his camera everywhere he went. Finally, as a sophomore he took his first photography class and fell in love with it. He continued to study, discovering his style and experimented with light and focus. He took a summer course and found new ideas as he took his camera outdoors, wandering in forests, hiking among rocks and working on composition. He began to take senior portraits for friends to earn extra money for college and took on small photo events for more experience. He plans to pursue adventure photography as a career. He loves the freedom that comes with being on the road, traveling to far away places, and gaining new experiences and learning about different cultures. He’s building relationships with an



outdoor photographer and a videographer, both from Boerne, who can help him get his start. We can’t wait to see Garrett’s work in National Geographic or on the walls of homes in the Texas Hill Country.

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Hunting Helps This Boerne Family Lay a Foundation for Their Sons


by Joe Lilli

White-tail deer – does, fawns, young and old bucks – move silently through the wet gray stillness of day before sunrise like goblins on the moor. There’s no sound but the waking cry of birds. It’s hunting season and the Matkin family of Boerne – father, mother, and two young sons – hunkers down in a deer blind watching . . . waiting for the right deer to line up in their cross-hairs. For the Matkins, like many families, the love of hunting and the outdoors is a tradition that’s been passed on from one generation to the next. It brings families together, builds lasting



bonds, and creates profound satisfaction and enjoyment. For John Mark Matkin, hunting, with its magical, almost mystical allure, was his father’s gift to him more than 40 years ago. He still remembers the strong pleasure of the hunt, the rush of adrenaline when stalking that big buck, and the many quality times he spent with his father. Under his Dad’s guidance, Matkin learned that hunting embodies many life lessons, and many principles to live by. From discipline, to patience, to learning to deal with disappointment, hunting helped shape him into the man he is today.

Teri and John Mark, with two sons of their own, Turner, 11, and Cord, 7, use animal. Occasionally, they’ll donate the meat hunting as an ideal opportunity for mentoring them in stewardship, developing positive to a charitable organization. life skills, and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation. “We believe hunting is helping us raise our two sons to be men,” declares Matkin’s GREAT FAMILY STORIES wife, Teri. Every hunter loves the stories and “Our sons are always observing what their father and I hold dear, and what memories as much as the hunt. The Matkins principles we live by. We’re constantly educating them because education is important. are no different. “We’ve taught them gun safety, to only harvest what will be eaten, and always They recall with amusement when their minimize pain for the animal. Don’t shoot the first deer you see or one that might have son Turner, who now raises and shows Boer antlers. Age them. Use cameras and video to know your deer herd and evaluate which market goats, used the money from last year’s one needs to be shot,” she adds. auctions to purchase a 6.5 Creedmoor at last While both sons share their parents’ love and enthusiasm for hunting, the elder son, year’s Wild Game Dinner. Turner, displays an extreme passion for it. His parents say that if it were up to Turner, The first time he got to shoot the he’d hunt every day. Creedmoor on a deer hunt, he got so excited “He eats, drinks, and breathes hunting and fishing,” says Teri. that the rifle ended up scoping him across “Most children on Saturday mornings when they’re five or six watch cartoons. his nose. Turner at that age was watching hunting and fishing shows, and educational videos “He wasn’t used to how hard it kicks, so talking about aging deer and bow hunting. And he still does today.” he shot it not realizing he had Cord, on the other hand, while enthusiastic scoped himself right between about hunting, approaches it differently than his “We’ve taught them gun safety, to the eyes. It left a small cut older brother. He loves not only the animals, between his eyes. but also the land. only harvest what will be eaten, and But then a pig stepped out and he hit it again, so he took always minimize pain for the animal. THE HONDO RANCH a picture and sent it to us Matkin owns a civil engineering/surveying Don’t shoot the first deer you see and it looked like he had a company in Boerne, and manages other busiball between his eyes. It or one that might have antlers. Age golf ness ventures on the side. Teri, a stay-at-home wasn’t funny at the time, but mom, jokes that she’s also a chauffeur, nurse, them. Use cameras and video to now it’s something we all find and cook. comical,” Matkin recalls. know your deer herd and evaluate Most weekends they spend time at their “But he got the deer and ranch in Hondo where they raise Brahman the pig,” Teri chimes in. which one needs to be shot.” cows and Hereford bulls in an F-1 cow-calf There was also the time operation. Of course, when ranch chores are when Turner at age 4 went done they always find time to hunt. hunting with his dad. They have a video of When the Matkins purchased the ranch, comprised of 20 different tracts of land, his father harvesting a management 8 when conditions were poor due to overgrazing and the lack of wildlife management. the boy, shaking with excitement, proudly “We discovered it was overrun with pigs and the deer herd was absolutely exclaimed, “You did it, Dad. I love you, atrocious. There was only one deer over 140 (Boone & Crockett measurement for man!” antler quality) and a 1-to-9 buck-doe ratio. Obviously, it hadn’t been managed “He was so thrilled for his dad. We correctly,” Matkin confides. still have the video. It almost makes you Immediately, the family went about building up and taking care of the herd. They cry hearing his excitement,” says Teri. put out protein feeders for the herd, installed game cameras to keep an eye on coyotes When Matkin looks back on his when the herd was fawning, and greatly reduced the pig population. own childhood, he notes that his fondest “Using a helicopter, we also killed almost 800 pigs on the ranch,” he adds. memories of his dad are the times they Although the ranch is their primary hunting venue, Matkin occasionally takes hunted and fished together . . . and all the great Turner with him on extended hunting or fishing trips outside the ranch. They’ve hunted stories they shared. aoudad sheep and mule deer in West Texas, mule deer in Senora, Mexico, and fished One day, Matkin’s own sons will honor for tarpon in Florida. his memory too with their own fatherThe Sonora trip was special in that all three Matkin generations were able to son stories that will lift their spirits. And, harvest a mule deer, and were able to hunt together for five days. Turner made the best oh, the stories they will tell . . . stories of shot of all at 350 yards off a high rack with a 270. personal accomplishments and of lessons When they’re hunting on the ranch they normally do so from a deer blind. They’ve learned . . . stories that will make them installed ground blinds, tripod blinds, and box blinds. Which one they use at any given smile, laugh, and, perhaps, even cry. time depends on the type of deer they’re trying to kill. When hunting for some of the mature white-tail deer, stealth is important. 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GRADUATED: Boerne Champion High School, Class of 2017 MAJOR: Wildlife Sciences, Veterinary Medicine UNIVERSITY: Tarlton State University, Class of 2020

For as long as she can remember SaraBeth wanted to be a veterinarian. Last fall, she had an experience that put a new twist on her career aspirations. A South Texas ranch owner offered SaraBeth a rare and amazing opportunity to participate in the artificial insemination process for a prized herd of whitetail deer. She was able to witness this day-long event that that enlisted the assistance of two licensed veterinarians who special in wildlife Vet medicine. The lead vet, Dr. Joe Ables, specializes in both domestic and exotic cervids, such as whitetail, antelope and more exotic members of the deer family. While SaraBeth observed their techniques, Dr. Able quizzed her and pointed out different things on the

laparoscopic scope. After watching several rounds of the process, SaraBeth was invited to inject selected does with harvested semen and use the scope to examine the animal’s reproductive tract. In talking to the doctors SaraBeth learned that wildlife medicine isn’t necessarily covered in vet school, so she’s pursuing internships and working student positions with vets like these two mentors in order to expand her knowledge of the needs of hill country wildllfe. This experience helped SaraBeth decide to pursue wildlife medicine. She was awarded the Wild Game Dinner Wildlife Scholarship in 2017. She will pursue her college education at Tarlton State University. scholarships continued on page 42



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Hill Country Photographer Sees the Light Rare Northern Lights Photograph Wins Prestigious Award by Bonnie Westley

Most Americans will never see the Aurora Borealis. The mesmerizing and bright moving lights of the aurora are really collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic pole of the northern hemisphere. Photographers have sought to capture the elusive lights through their lenses for years and years. It is extremely rare for a single picture to capture a full moon rising behind the northern lights, but Jim Heupel did just that in 2014 while positioned on the Hudson Bay in Canada. Heupel’s photo won the Judges Choice Award in the 2016 Showcase Photo Contest organized by the North American Nature Photography Association.



Heupel is a second career, professional photographer specializing in nature and wildlife images. He began taking photographs at the age of eight and continued to pursue his hobby as a tourist with his family before joining the USAF, which also provided photo opportunities in faraway places. He retired in 1997 after 27 years of service and in 2007 became a professional photographer focusing on wildlife. When asked what characteristics he employs as a wildlife photographer he said persistence, patience and CHARGE! preparation. “You have to keep your hopes up,” he says. “Often, you don’t know whether a photo is successful until you scrutinize it on the computer. I live in high anticipation!” He now travels the world: to Africa where

he photographs big cats and zebra; to Antarctica to get shots of penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and whales; to Ecuador to snap hummingbirds; to the Galapagos to photograph marine life and birds; to Alaska to photograph grizzly bears; and to the Arctic ice in search of polar bears. He’s just returning from a trip to Brazil to photograph elusive jaguars. His bucket list only really needs one more expedition - Bengal tigers in India. continued on page 40

THE WILD GAME DINNER SHOWCASES THE WORKS OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS IN 2017 In partnership once again with Boerne Professional Artists we showcase their work at the Wild Game Dinner. In addition to the diverse artistry of featured artist, Jim Heupel, the art show will include the paintings of Texas artists, Bill Eichholtz, Joe Friddle, Bill Scheidt & Harold Teel. EICHHOLTZ | Bill, a native Texan who grew up in San Antonio, now lives with his beautiful wife Janie in Bergheim, making it their home for the past twenty-three years. As a proud member of Boerne Professional Artists, he has a limited selection of his artwork featuring his San Antonio Missions series at Accentric in Boerne, with a more diverse selection of his artwork at 1851 Vineyards in Fredericksburg. His photographic artwork features quite a diverse array of Signed Limited Editions showcasing wildlife, horses, country life, architectural images, landscapes and more. Bill has a selection of images he will be featuring at the Wild Game Dinner from his Wildlife Portrait Series. “American Eye-Con” is one of his selections from this series that will be presented matted and framed in a 24” x 18” Premium Bronze Finished frame for $579. FRIDDLE | Joe was raised in Alabama, transplanted to Texas over 45 years ago, and currently lives in Killeen. He is a member of the “Texas Wild Bunch” of professional artists. Joe is diverse in painting traditional Texas wildlife and landscapes as well as a whimsical and colorful depiction of wildlife. His framed 16 X 20 watercolor titled “Green Horn” will be available for $425.

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Oh, he loves big cats! Currently the President of Boerne Professional Artists, Heupel has opened a new gallery where his work is exhibited and sold, Gallery 195 of Boerne, located at 195. S. Main. He is also exhibiting at the 15th Annual Hill Country Fall Fine Art Show and Sale, October 20 - 22, 2017 in the Cana Ballroom of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Boerne as well as at the Wild Game Dinner Wildlife Art Show and Sale on November 4, 2017, where Heupel is the featured artist. The beauty and thrill of this planet Earth, its people and its wildlife continue to amaze, inspire, and humble Jim. He hopes his images do the same for you.


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GRADUATED: Geneva School, Class of 2017 MAJOR: Fine Arts, Creative Writing UNIVERSITY: University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Class of 2020

It seems that Coggin Galbreath spent his life exploring options and he’s keeping them open. His mom decided she wanted to be a doctor at age four and never wavered. From her, Coggin learned determination. His dad went to med school, practiced law, and now owns a restaurant. From him, Coggin learned about exploration. “I think this environment, the environment where I was raised, had a lot to do with my desire for a career in the fine arts,” shares Coggin. “It taught me to be inventive, and to be honest - honest enough to realize that I’ve never had a desire for any other kind of career. My parents made me wonder about the intersections of life: How does law school prepare you to make the best burgers on the planet? How do writers, performers, artists, electricians, and musicians work together to make theater? That, to me, is the heart and core of fine arts: not solitary endeavor, but community and cross-pollination, where I can act, direct, design, and write all at the same time.” His diverse interests - from creative writing, to performance, to academics, to visual art, to gardening, to soup - have given him an interdisciplinary drive. He doesn’t believe in pursuing passions individually, or at the expense of other interests. He sees it as his job to figure out how all these seemingly unrelated gifts fit together. Coggin’s passions fit together in fine arts. Already this year he has published a short story, performed in an opera for pay, and sold a drawing at auction. This fall, in the shadows of the Royal and Ancient Golf Courses of St. Andrews, Coggin begins his studies at the University of St. Andrews, where for more than 600 years students have been treated to the finest education in Scotland. He was awarded a Wild Game Dinner Fine Arts Scholarship in 2017.




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CRAWFISH JAMBALAYA Serves 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes 4 andouille sausage links or other smoked sausage 1 ½ cups chopped onion ½ cup diced celery ½ cup diced green bell pepper 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons butter, divided 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 1 ½ cups long grain rice 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes 2 cups chicken broth 2 bay leaves ½ teaspoon ground thyme ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon tabasco sauce 1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste 1 pound crawfish tail meat ½ cup chopped green onions



DIRECTIONS 1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil. Add sausage and sauté until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove sausage from Dutch oven and set aside. 2. Add remaining butter and oil to Dutch oven along with onion, celery, and green pepper. Sauté vegetables until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add remaining ingredients, except crawfish, reserved sausage, and green onions, and stir together well. 3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and cover pot. Cook about 15 minutes, until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed. 4. Add in crawfish and sausage and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes to warm the crawfish. Sprinkle green onions on top and serve with additional Tabasco sauce.

GRILLED SEMI-BONELESS QUAIL Serves 4 4 semi-boneless quail, thawed Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme 1 teaspoon honey

DIRECTIONS 1. Season the quail, inside and out, with salt and pepper, then marinate in the olive oil, garlic, thyme and honey for at least one hour and up to one day, refrigerated. 2. Start a very hot fire in a charcoal grill or turn a gas grill to high heat. 3. Brush the grill grates with a little oil, then place the quail, breast side down, on the grill for about 3-4 minutes without moving them. 4. Turn the quail 90 degrees and grill for another 2 minutes. Flip the quail and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. 5. Remove the birds from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes, then serve.

VENISON TACO PIE 2 lbs of ground venison 2 envelopes taco seasoning 1/2 cup water 2 cans crescent rolls 12 oz. sour cream 2 cups shredded sharp cheese DIRECTIONS: 1. Brown and drain 2 lbs of ground venison. 2. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Mix well. 3. Pat the 2 cans of Crescent rolls into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9x13 cake pan. 4. Spread mixed venison on top of Crescent rolls. 5. Spread sour cream over venison. 6. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. 8. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. 9. Top with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, diced onions, black olives more sour cream and any other "taco" toppings you like.

HOMEMADE VENISON JERKY 4 lbs boneless, closely trimmed venison 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoon chili powder 2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon hot paprika, more if you want it hot 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce 3 tablespoons hot sauce (or to taste) DIRECTIONS 1. Trim fat from the meat (if there is any) and slice into 4 inch strips. The meat pieces should be between 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It is easier to slice this meat if it is partially frozen. Pound meat lightly and set aside. 2. Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour this marinade over the strips of meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 3. In the morning, line cookie sheets with foil. Place strips of meat on the sheets - do not overlap the meat. 4. PREHEAT oven to 150-175 degrees; or the lowest temperature it has. 5. Bake for 3 hours; turn the meat over and bake for an additional 3 hours. 6. Jerky is cooked when meat is dried out. Enjoy.

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Don’t miss your chance to own this Kendall County Texas Limited Historical Edition Rifle! This gun has been donated by The Duran Family, Apache Rifleworks and Al Auxier, Kendall County Sheriff and the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department and will be available at this year’s Kendall County Wild Game Dinner live auction. In honor of your county's rich historical legacy, Historical Armory is proud to present the Kendall County Texas Limited Historical Edition Rifle! Produced on the affordable, American-made Henry .22 LR rifle and .30/30, the Kendall County Texas Limited Historical Edition rifle combines meticulous research, original artwork, and finely detailed engraving to celebrate the history of Kendall County. This is one of only 25 Kendall County Texas rifles ever produced by the Historical Armory! Renowned for their durability and solid construction, Henry rifles offer you a welcome shelter from the planned mechanical obsolescence so common in modern products these days. Well-maintained, they will continue to perform



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Join the FUN!! November 4th @ the Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center. Read this year's magazine to learn all about the e...

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