Phillip Wolff Story
By Jeff Steiner
On Friday April 29, 2011 I had the opportunity to meet Phillip Wolff and his father. As a board member and greeter for Moment Of Peace Adventures, when the Wolff's arrived I introduced myself and showed them their room. I sat down with them and explained what MOPA is all about, what it means to me, and what they could expect in the morning. We talked for hours about the ordeals and very emotional events that took place in their lives. Phillip is from Hazleton, Pa. and attended Hazleton H.S. He was a star football player until he was diagnosed with Leukemia. We talked about hunting, what hunts he has done in the past, and what the next day's hunt would entail. Phillip told me about his desire to harvest a white ram.
Saturday morning Mike and Michelle Huey arrived at the hotel with the production team. After introductions we headed to a local restaurant for breakfast, then off to meet Steve Mohr at Island Exotics in Bainbridge Pa. All along we were under the impression that we were taking Phillip on a a ram hunt, until Steve Mohr announced to Phillip, "you can shoot anything on the Island that has a tag in it's ear" ! These are the type of people that support our events! Phillip was still set set on a white ram as the boats were packed for the short trip across the river. The hunting party headed off for the Island, arriving about 8:30 a.m and starting hunting. Hours later Phillip saw a white Ram, and was about to pull the trigger when he caught a glimpse of an Angora Goat with 24'' horns and a beautiful coat. After carefully stalking the trophy Angora, Phillip took aim with his 300 mag rifle and downed his trophy.
Phillip was smiling from ear to ear and by the look on his father's face as well, we knew they got to forget about all the worries in their lives. Their moment of peace may have only been a day, but with the trophy on their wall and a video and scrapbook commemorating the adventure, they will get to relive this over and over. Steve Mohr had one more surprise for Phillip as well. When Phillip's was done with his hunt, his return trip from the Island was via an air boat. After additional photos, we loaded Phillip's trophy in the truck and headed to the Taxidermist shop where the Goat was caped out and processed. Just prior to heading home, Phillip and his dad remarked about how great the hunt was and commended MOPA for setting up the hunt and taking care of every aspect of the adventure so that they could enjoy the hunt.
We only ever get a short glimpse into these kids lives, but it never ceases to amaze me that even though they have gone though hell, they all seem to have this " never say never" attitude and are really great kids!
We would like to extend our gratitude to Island Exotics and owner Steve Mohr for donating this hunt for Phillip. Island Exotics is a free range hunting experience and is well known for their boar and exotic animal hunts. Being completely surrounded by water, the only access is by boat with limited hunters allowed at any given time. If you are looking for boar or exotic hunt, give Steve at 717-426-3193 or contact him via the web. His information can be found at the Moment of Peace Adventure website.