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Jordan Schroeder’s final hunts

October 08, 2010

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I’ve been thinking about way to honor the life of my close friend Jordan Schroeder. Jordan was an avid PSO reader and I know he would have taken the time to write his “Big Buck Story.” In his stead, I’d like to share Jordan’s last two incredible years in the deer woods.

Jordan and I had been friends our whole life. We grew up together, lived at each other’s houses. We were college roommates. We shared many of the same passions in life, bow hunting being one of them.  Until three years ago, Jordan was never interested in hunting until is dad Duane bought a small piece of property in rural Woodford county near Eureka. That year Jordan asked me to take him with me into the deer stand for a hunt. The evening was great and we saw a few deer. I could tell that Jordan was getting that craving for bow hunting like so many of us know about.

In the fall of 2008, Jordan was ready to hunt, so I told him to sign up for the hunter’s safety course to get his hunting license. Being late October, I told him early November is right around the corner…..right when the action starts. The day after his safety class was over, Jordan was up in a tree. We found a spot on his property, which is only about 40 acres (30 of which is CRP). He understood how to get in the stand with the wind direction and which wind to hunt it. On November 4th, the wind was perfect. There was a ENE wind that morning and Jordan was in that tree. A half hour into it, Jordan spotted a couple does walking his way. They filtered away from his shooting lane. He waited only a short time to see another deer coming….a huge buck. Approaching him quickly Jordan got his bow, hoping this deer followed into his perfect shooting lane. Soon the deer was dead. Jordan had laid the smack down on a brute the 2nd day after getting his hunting license! Your browser may not support display of this image.  He called me right after the kill in disbelief. Such a small farm and such a big old deer. I met him at the Eureka locker to congratulate him. I couldn’t have been more pumped for him. I rough scored the brute at 146” and he had a double throat patch. 

The fever that all bow hunters know too much had now taken hold of him. This passion to be in the outdoors with God and His creation hunting whitetails was an awesome thing and Jordan couldn’t get enough of it. By 2009, Jordan had learned a lot more about hunting. He incorporated food plots at his small farm, putting beans and brassicas in one corner his farm. 

That same summer he learned he had a bad cancer. Jordan went away for treatment for a while. He could barely walk or move for a good part of a few months. By September, Jordan was doing better, the cancer had been taken away from his lungs by chemo and the tumor in his pelvis was shrinking. Jordan was still very optimistic about deer season. He knew his condition was serious, but also knew he could recover from this vicious disease. By October 1st, he was miraculously hunting. Jordan killed four does, but was unable to get a big buck on the ground until one cold night in December. The soybeans Jordan planted were paying off. These beans were the only food source in the area and the deer were hitting them big time in the cold weather. On December 28th Jordan finally got another chance at a big buck. Just before dark, a beautiful ten pointer walked out into the field. The rest was history.

What an end to an awesome season! Jordan’s patience and hark work had paid off. 

Jordan took five deer during the 2009 season. He easily became a better deer hunter than I’ll ever be in only two short years. He studied maps and began understanding how to build food plots for properties. He’d started his own side business being a food plot specialist with his good friend Jared (huntplots.com). During the early summer Jordan’s cancer was back but only worse.  The cancer took his life July 24, 2010.

Jordan was looking forward to this season of hunting, but was also looking forward to his great reward in heaven. To read more about his faith and battle with cancer you can see it at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jordanschroeder/journal/1 . You can read about his wife and two children and his love for the Lord. I write this knowing that I’ll see him again where we can share many hunting memories.

Ryan Luginbuhl

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Thanks for sharing those thoughts and memories Ryan!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/11 at 11:47 PM

Thank you for sharing such a touching and great story. It truly was one worth reading !

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Thank you for sharing this story…that’s very touching and emotional!!!! I’m only 19 years old and it put tears down my face!!! God Bless!!

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