Man did I get a wake up call the other day. A guy from work told me that a friend of his killed a deer and wanted to get it mounted. He told me the story behind it and it is amazing. His friend is paralyzed and in a wheel chair from a auto accident. He was givin a special gun mount for his wheelchair from a guy who makes them in Churabusco, Indiana. It allows him to move and fire his gun with the limited use of his hands that he has. The guy at work made him a ground blind and went with him on the opening day of gun season in IN. He shot the deer first thing in the morning. At first it was not that big of deal to me, until I started thinking about the guy. I have taken so much for granted in my life that it makes me feel sick to my stomach. I get upset when I don't see the buck I want to shoot or I don't kill any ducks after hauling all my gear to the blind, But you know what? I am able to walk to my tree stand and to my duck blind. This guy is in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. He cannot walk anywhere! I bet we all have taken things for granted in our lives. When you start to do it again, just think of people like Jim Ray. I will remember this guy for the rest of my life. I have never met him personally yet, but I can"t wait till I do. The fellow making the mounts is making them for Buckmasters now from what I was told. They found out about the mounts and contacted him to make them for them.
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I have been there for some time now , makes you wonder what else you have to learn doesn't it ? My son and I deliver Thanksgiving dinners to people that cannot get out of thier houses and you realize even more what gifts God has given you . Use them.
we all need a story like this from time to time to put things in their proper prospective.
A fellow from Jackson, Tennessee, taught me that lesson thirty years ago. I will let him remain nameless here. As a youngster, he rolled his trike out in front of an oncoming car. The resulting accident left him without the use of his legs for the remainder of his life.
This gentleman went on to become a college professor, but above that, a consummate sportsman. He excelled at trap shooting, among other things. He duck hunted from atop a four wheeler, used tree stands that he reached by climbing with arm strength alone. He obtained a pilot's license and flew single engine, private aircraft. He even took at least one African Safari that I remember.
Most people with physical limitations are capable of many things if they have the courage to venture forth. Sadly, it takes more than courage, it requires oportunity, and that often means the sacrifice of time and effort on the part of others in order that dreams may be realized by those less fortunate.
Years ago, Camp A.P.Hill in Virgina hosted a special deer hunt for disabled veterans and others in similar predicament. Hundreds of volunteer soldiers drove deer to the stands and ground blinds occupied by those vets, I was fortunate to have participated on two occassions.
And let us not forget those older sportsmen who, for one reason or another, no longer hunt and fish, sometimes because no one is willing to take the time to escort them to, from and in the field. We have all witnessed the decline of our mentors over the years. Most of them would like to do a lot more than talk about past outdoor adventures. They, like the disabled, just need a chance. Let us all try to give them that opportunity.
Good post, Tom
One of my customers called me and said he was bringing me a duck to mount. He said "things have changed since you saw me last..." He showed up in a wheel chair and explained that he was in a construction accident where an electric line fell on him. He lost both arms and one of his legs and almost didn't live through it. But now, he has artificial arms/hands and a leg and still loves to hunt ducks. I've since taken him a few times and it's amazing what he can do and at the same time makes me wonder what I would have done in the same situation. His wife also deserves credit for her strength and ability to work with him through the tough times. He's able to joke about his "bionic" arms now and I can "stick" him in the mud while I put out decoys, but it really makes you count your blessings at the end of the day.
Thanks for the post Tom.
I just finished a mount for a disabled gent, Deaf and cannot speak. Killed a monster whitetail in Ga. I cannot imaging how it must be for someone who is disabled to acomplish some of the things they do,especially when it comes to hunting. Being 58 years old myself and hunting and fishing all my life, I only can hope that if I live another 20 years, someone will wheel me out to the river or woods once in awhile.
is in a wheelchair has been for 9 yrs now. He was on his way to church and had a wreck in the pasture next to ours. His wife who didnt get up in time to go to church that morning. We were walking out the door on our way to the same church when we saw a police car go by then she calls to tell me to get up there.
Well now he hunts with my husband as they always have and we do mounts for him and the other "wheeling buddies" (as they put it) that hunt together on his fathers land. I mean there are six guys in this "hunting club" that are all in wheelchairs. Everyone that hunts around here checks in and makes sure if they need any help hauling deer or anything else. They are a great brunch of guys and really show us all that life isnt so bad.