It all started at last year’s SCI Convention when a special hunt for six women was auctioned off at the Beretta Gala.
As dignitaries and others enjoyed the annual Beretta event, Keith Busking, a perennial Patron at the Convention, and friend Angie Knight were far away in Oklahoma. Keith was in the hospital and Angie was with him.
But that didn’t get in Keith’s way. He looked through the auction offerings and thought the Legends hunt looked interesting.
“I called Tom (Zenahlik of Hayden, ID – his wife is Carol) and he checked it out,” Busking explained, noting that Zenahlik then enlisted Jim and Colleen Denning of Hayden Lake, ID. It was their first SCI Convention.
Keith then called Gunilla Eagleton and daughter Kate Partrick of Sonoita, AZ, and they joined the effort. Between then and the hunt, a sixth woman tentatively agreed, but later could not schedule the hunt – so it ended up being five women on the unique hunt at Legends Ranch.
As it turned out, none of the women on the hunt were first timers when it came to hunting, although it was their first time at Legends Ranch.
“I grew up deer hunting,” said Carol Zenahlik of Hayden, Idaho, noting that when she was younger, her life included hunting, horses and motorcycles. “I started hunting when I was nine years old.”
Carol explained that previously she hunted frequently in the Ruby Mountains of Northern Nevada and that she and husband Tom also fish a lot – places like Costa Rica, Brazil, as well as annual fishing trips to Alaska. They also hunt quail and pheasant and go to the SCI Convention every year.
Carol said her hunt was “outstanding! You’re doing it right. Thank you!”
Angie Knight of Yukon, Oklahoma said she was impressed with Legends Ranch, especially when she was in the woods on the hunt itself.
“It is so rewarding to see all the animals in so much natural habitat,” Angie explained. She said it was a “phenomenal hunt….cannot wait to see you all again. Charmed beyond belief.”
Bonnie Babcock, a non-hunter guest of Angie, said: “Words cannot express my thankfulness to all of you here at Legends Ranch. God Bless.”
Colleen Denning explained that she grew up hunting deer in Washington State, and that when it came time to shoot a deer at Legends Ranch, “I had a hard time deciding. It was pretty exciting. I think this is fabulous. I didn’t know what to expect.”
She said her hunt was fantastic! A wonderful experience. Enjoyed every minute!”
Colleen said that last year was the first time she and husband Jim had been to the SCI Convention and that they plan to fish for peacock bass in South America this coming year.
Gunilla Eagleton and daughter Kate Partrick of Sonoita, Arizona who “usually hunt out of state or out of the country,” said they really enjoyed their experiences at Legends Ranch.
“We knew Keith,” they said. “When Keith called, we decided we would do this one this year.”
Gunilla explained that her boyfriend was a serious international hunter who introduced her to the sport.
“We’re just getting into it,” Kate said, explaining that her mother has been hunting for three to four years and that she has been hunting for two years – with both bow and rifle.
Last year they hunted in Minnesota, and they also have hunted in New Zealand where Kate took a turkey and Gunilla took a red stag.
Gunilla described her expedition at Legends to be a “beautiful and awesome experience!”
Husbands Tom and Jim accompanied their wives on the hunt, although the husbands were there as non-hunters.
“Keith and I have both hunted some pretty nice lodges,” Tom said. “The way Robert runs Legends is first class.” He said he particularly liked the way they “have everybody eat together – hunters, guests and staff.”
Legends Ranch Director Robert Sergi, Jr. said that the ranch has a significant focus on the female experience, which was one of the driving factors in offering the all-woman hunt at the Beretta Gala in the first place. Sergi was introduced to the hunting world by his grandfather – world-renowned international hunter Arthur Gutierrez. Over the years, they traveled the globe together, harvesting trophies and making memories. Now Robert looks to share the same memorable experiences he has had worldwide with each client who comes through the gates.
“Legends Ranch often has females hunt for their first time with us,” he said. “We think we have the accommodations and staff to make the first experience start off in a positive way. It’s a great experience.”
Sergi has been Ranch Director for three years and takes pride in the operation there.
“We’re one of the finest hunting lodges in North America,” he explained, noting that because of attention to detail and a staff that is inviting, “hunters come back year after year. We’re a professional family.”
In addition to world-class whitetail deer hunting, Legends Ranch offers a wide array of other activities, including corporate retreats and family reunions, and church outings from January through August.
And if relaxing on the patio or inside the lodge isn’t enough of get-away, Massage Therapist Sarah Eguez Suarez can help relieve stress while pampering guests at the ranch.
Hunting at Legends Ranch is conducted from August until Christmas each year.
To learn more about Legends Ranch, located at 2022 West 14 Mile Road, Bitely, MI 49309, visit www.legendsranch.com or call 231 745 8000.–Steve Comus