Episode 53 – Missing Hunter – The Tom Leonard Story with Tammy Leonard

Sep 1, 2021Podcast

Episode 53 – Missing Hunter the Tom Leonard Story with Tammy Leonard

Brought to you by Community Minded Alpine Toyota in Cranbrook, BC

Sheep hunter Tom Leonard signed in at the Eaglenest Trail Head on September 11, 2005 before hiking into Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Provincial Park in Northern British Columbia for a hunt of a lifetime. Tom never returned from this hunt. 16 years later no trace of Tom has been confirmed despite the searches. In this episode Mark and Curtis are joined by Tom’s wife Tammy. Tammy talks about Tom and his love of hunting and fishing, his love of his family and his excitement at being awarded a special hunting permit for Stone’s Sheep in the Spatsizi. Tom trained and prepared for months leading up to his hunt as any backcountry wilderness hunter will appreciate. Tammy takes you through the chronology of events of all the searches for her husband. She discusses her gratitude for everyone, including strangers that have helped her family. Tammy also discusses what frustrated her with the authority-led searches and how it feels to be alone to carry on organizing searches herself. Tammy imparts some amazing thoughts on how other hunters can prepare to help prevent this happening to your family. The crew passes on some ideas and tips on how a missing hunter can be located quickly. This is a must listen episode as you will likely change how you hunt.

Show Notes

Family video https://youtu.be/vOXqx51w9N0

Tammy’s Go Fund Me account to help pay for future family-organized searches

https://www.gofundme.com/f/Help-Search-Rescue-end-16-year-search-for-Tom

 

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