Straws Milan is a two-time CFR qualifier and the reigning Calgary Stampede Champion. He has a great rodeo name.....Straws. When we go to the rodeo we play this game where we come up with a neat rodeo name for each other. Cam has a good one (Chains), Adam is Ace, Jen as well (Jolene). Mine is flattering...Tough. Straws, well he already has his.
Straws grew up in Cochrane and was focused on hockey, not rodeo. He was right between Cameron and Adam and often he would play on the same hockey teams. He was a good player but it was his smile you noticed on and off the ice. Cameron, Adam and Straws hung around the rink and at school, and although he didn't bowhunt then he was always interested in hearing their bowhunting stories. When I arrived at the rink, Straws would always be getting ready for the game. He would flash that big smile and always say "Mr Foss what are you hunting now?."
Cam is getting his game face on and chiding to Staws to get ready. It was reminiscent of him telling Straws to hurry and get his skates tied as the game was just about to start. They teased him about his choice of camo but told Straws to stay close and hide behind their Sitka camo pattern. Effectively they would be creating a blind to hide him.
Calm as a cucumber, I knew Cam was, but wasn't sure about Straws. I whispered some last minute instructions to him and told him to just follow Cam's lead. After all Cam had put me on so many animals and was a great and calming influence.
We slipped into the grove of trees and Cody started towards the centre with Cam and Straws in tow. The moose responded to his magic and got up and actually left the cow. It took a while but the bull closed and then held up. I was twenty yards behind the trio so I let out a soft grunt and he moved even closer. A whine of a cow in heat had him right on top of the hunters. At an almost uncomfortable distance of only a few yards Straws made the shot. He was shaking like a leaf but managed to pick a spot. The arrow did its magic and I heard high fives all around.
Here Straws shares that great smile as he poses with his first archery bull moose.
Straws gave me that big smile and said he was more nervous than he was when he won the Calgary Stampede. Cam said he was almost as excited as Straws, and we were all so pleased for him. What a great morning for a great guy. Nice job Cody. He has called in moose for many and done a lot of guiding but he said that getting this moose for such a good friend was very very rewarding.
His Stampede Championship is by far his biggest rodeo accomplishment to date. His fastest run is 3.0 seconds. Rodeo runs deep in Straws' family as both his brothers, Baillie and Tanner, are distinguished steer wrestlers as well. I wonder if we can get them bowhunting.