The Fellowship Adventures story is as much about the people as it is about the places. It’s more about who was together, than what we shot or caught. But, as we enter our fourteenth year, I have to say, we’ve done a lot of both and made some great friends along the way.
Many of you may have heard the story. In the early 90s I was touring with my band “The Distance” through the Dakotas and I had a chance to pheasant hunt with the chaplain of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. That began a love affair, not only with pheasant hunting, but with the prairies & people of the Midwest. After several years of hunting with my friends and family on the Arhart family farm in Alpena, South Dakota we began Dakota Fellowship Lodge. For thirteen seasons men from all walks of life from all over the world have descended on the autumn fields to chase roosters and spend some unforgettable days of fellowship together. Though I had dreamed of hosting trips that would be a retreat and a time of restoration for people, I never imagined how significant the impact could be on people’s lives when they simply got away and slowed down for a time.
As the years passed many people began to ask us to host other trips in other places where we might be able to export some of the culture from our pheasant hunts into other adventures.
So that’s exactly what we have done. Though I still regularly travel and play music, I have slowed my touring schedule to be able to dedicate more time to the work of Fellowship Adventures. Today we host Canadian wilderness fishing trips, Western fly fishing trips, Trophy Whitetail archery hunts, Merriam turkey hunts, world class Pheasant hunts, and custom experiences for groups, ministries and individuals of all kinds.
The last couple of years have see a good bit of change and growth in our work. 2014 marked the end of our wonderful partnership with Arhart family farms and the beginning of our partnership with Platte Creek Lodge. Our dear friends, the Arharts, will always have a special place in our hearts. Their family and their ground gave birth to Fellowship Adventures. Our new hosts at Platte Creek, Tom & Nova Steinhauser, have been a great blessing to us. We had some amazing hunting there last fall and going forward, Platte Creek Lodge will be the home of all Fellowship Adventures pheasant hunting.
2014 also marked the launch of our non profit Fellowship Adventures Opportunities whose mission is to fund and provide outdoor adventures for people in ministry and serving-based vocations. You can follow this link if you’d like to know more about FAO.
The last couple of years have also brought two new partners into our work that have been a huge blessing to me personally. Phil Frasier, from Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Some of you have had a chance to hunt and fish with Phil and know what an amazing guide and guy he is and Scott Bass, from Franklin, North Carolina who helps run the day-to-day business of Fellowship Adventures and brings valuable leadership to FA & FAO.
Going forward our prayer is the same as it was when the first five guests came hunting with us almost 15 years ago – to provide world-class, turnkey, unforgettable adventures in the outdoors, where people can enjoy rich fellowship and be reminded of this amazing, wild world our God has given us, given us to enjoy, to encourage and refresh us.
I can’t wait to see where the trail leads , I hope you can join us.
On behalf of Scott , Phil and the entire FA team,
Thanks for your interest