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Old 05-01-2012, 12:10 AM
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Disabled shooters/hunting

I'm severely disabled, wounded in Iraq, and I know that there are others here,some better some worse.

I would like to hear your stories, things done to overcome, and problems needing solutions, equipment used.

For a while I stopped shooting "big guns" but found ways to overcome.

I use a 4x4 wheelchair because I can't use a 4 wheeler...

One of my biggest problems is finding people who will let me hunt, they don't always say it but they are worried about the liability. ( I'm in hunters heaven, TX Hill Country)

Can't even find varment hunting areas.

Also I always have to have someone travel with me if I'm gone more than a few hours, that increases expense, plus many outfitters don't understand .

I have 28 years in the military, and been hunting from early childhood.

I think there is a Market for disability gear/solutions.....Chime in!
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:51 AM
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Re: Disabled shooters/hunting

I'm not disabled myself but just read an article that cited the following sources:
Disabled hunter services
www.buckmasters.com/resources/badf/disabled-hunters.aspx
Adaptive equipment resources
www.buckmasters.com/resources/badf/adaptive-equipment.aspx
Kids hunting for a Cure
www.kidshuntingforacure.org
Veterean hunting services
www.huntforvets.com
Disabled Archers
www.uffdaclub.com

Hope this helps and thank you for your service! If you find your way to PA theres always somewhere and something to hunt around these parts..
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:11 AM
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Re: Disabled shooters/hunting

I am not disabled either. I have followed a story of a local gentleman who lost both his arms, to some degree. He posts videos on You tube. Calls himself the "No handed Bandit". His videos show how he does all kinds of things, from brushing his teeth to climbing trees. He does the videos to help other folks, and because it's meaningful to him. Watching his videos is humbling.

He displays enormous heart, courage, and determination, along with a sense of humor.

If you need a specialty product to help you hunt, it'd be my pleasure to help you build what you need.

Here, in Utah, we have abundant public land for hunting. It's difficult for me to imagine not being able to find a place to hunt.

Regards.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:28 AM
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Re: Disabled shooters/hunting

Thanks for the replies, and offers to help

Not meant to be a bitch/feel sorry thread......

I have problems traveling alone and with time / amount of time I can hunt--not all do, but some even have more issuesh

Public lands can be a help, but not always a solution depending on the state, type of hunt

I'm lucky that I have a family that lets me hunt, but it's 3 hours south....

Finding a place to varment hunt or practice long range shooting has been unsuccessful so far in my area ( in the land of 12' wire and African game )

I use a voice activated computer to read and write for me but research is difficult

I have come up with a few things:

Custom 4x4 wheelchair, tires like an ATV (took 3 years to get the VA to approve)

Custom muzzle brakes

A combo of tinted glasses and high power/high end scopes have allowed me to continue to shoot--with vision problems it's easy to tell the difference in glass, esp in certain conditions, another very expensive solution

High resolution, high intensity red lights have been a great help to me at night (green does not work for me)

Stock inserted recoil devices (expensive, only have one so far)

Form-fitting shirt with recoil insert

Thumb hole stocks are great for me, but I have been unable to find a maker for my BAR--I have other rifles but that was my first, and a gift

I joined a local preditor hunting club, allows me a couple more hunts per year


Love to quail hunt, but can't throw up the gun any more, wondering if someone has come up with a system to mount to an ATV or wheelchair? I can't use an ATV but others can, and it could be adapted

I have been told there is great Elk hunting on public lands in some states. Would be nice to know the where, when ect.... From hunters with know how in the area

Also if there are other big game options

This thread is about finding solutions/over coming problems, other great ideas

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:29 PM
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Re: Disabled shooters/hunting

Congrats on the full steam ahead mindset. I cannot say I'm disabled, at least yet. I have tried to shoot off a 4 wheeler and the biggest issue I have found is with the pneumatic tires at such a low pressure (4psi) and the suspension. Both make for an unstable platform, but perhaps do-able with reasonable distances.
For getting a setup to shoot rifles, it would help to know what abilities you have, range of motions etc.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:05 PM
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Re: Disabled shooters/hunting

My Dad is Disabled (Quadruapledgic), He had a horse accident 24 years ago, So we Customized his ar-15 so he could shoot. Three years ago we had our FIRST Father/Son Hunting trip to west river SD to shoot some Prairie Dogs, That was the best day of my life . Here are some pics of what we made. Fisrt pic is my Dad (and our Shooting Range in the back ground). Second pic is the post we made to support his rifle it's a 12 volt actuator to raise and lower the rifle.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:05 AM
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Re: Disabled shooters/hunting

First thing, thank you for your service. Second each disablity is so complex, that i need info on range of limbs.Length of pull is critical to the shooter.Recoilpads an lead weigths can tame alot of weapons.If you can make it to vermont i know ican get you close to abear moose deer yote fish whatever,,be stong SLOAN
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