Arthur L. Pearce, II, founding member of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife and leading proponent of hunting and fishing in Arizona, provides a rare opportunity for a Payson boy to experience a Coues deer hunt. Pearce purchased a special Commissioner's tag at the Arizona Deer Association Banquet to hunt Coues deer in Arizona. While hunting outside Tucson, an accident resulted in a broken leg, preventing Pearce from finishing his Auction tag hunt.
Pearce, knowing he would not be able to complete his hunt, immediately began to explore options for use of the tag. After speaking with Chris Denham, Board Member of the Arizona Chapter of Hunt of a Lifetime (HLAZ), Pearce knew he had found a good solution to his problem. HLAZ, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides hunting and fishing experiences for young men and women under the age of 21 who are facing life-threatening illnesses.
Justin Richardson, 16, of Payson, was chosen by Hunt of a Lifetime to receive Pearce's tag. Richardson has been through numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments and his cancer is currently in remission. "Chris Denham and I met with Justin and his family in Payson. What an impressive young man. He plans to become a chef and I know with his determination, he will make it," Pearce said.