Montana teen granted 'dream hunt' through local nonprofit

Posted at 9:32 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 05:52:41-04
Raymond Antonsen is just 13 years old, but he has already gone through more hardship in his young age than most of us will ever see in a lifetime.
"I have muscular dystrophy. It's a really rare type called microfibrillar myopathy," said Antonsen. "It makes my muscles really tired and my muscles disappear and stuff."
But this week, the hope is that he will forget all about his illness and just focus on one thing, making his dream come true; going hunting in Idaho's rugged backcountry. 
"I am most excited about going to shoot an elk," said Antonsen.
Antonsen's wish is being granted at no cost to him or his family, all thanks to a local area non-profit Scooter's Youth Hunting Camp.
For the past 16 years, Scooter has put on a day long, free of charge hunting camp, but after seeing a need for a 'dream hunt,' he decided to step up.
"There are several organizations that do dream trips for kids with life-threatening illness, but those other organizations are all anti-hunting and so if a kid really wanted to go hunting he wouldn't get the chance to go," explained Scott 'Scooter' McGann."But now we have been blessed with an awesome opportunity to be able to do an elk hunting trip every year for a child with a life-threatening illness."
Antonsen's first stop before heading out for the week is Cabela's for a shopping spree for him to get everything he needs for the week. 
"Our goal for the week is to make these kids forget all about their illness, forget about any treatments they have had," said Scooter.
"It makes me feel really happy that someone is willing to do that for me. It's surprising," said Antonson.
Scooter spends 365 days getting things ready for the trip, and doesn't get paid for any of it, but he said it's all worth it in the end. 
"When the bull tips over, when those kids get that emotion, seeing these kids get their dream hunt completed, that's it for me," said Scooter.