Originally Posted by adnick
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!
First off: thank you for your service.
Oddly enough I have been tasked by the owner of my company to find a disabled Colorado Vet for an elk hunt this year. He owns a large ranch and a guide service.
We (the company) sponsor a large country music festival here every year and Friday is always Military Day. I was asked to find a non-profit that specializes in taking disabled vets hunting.
In my research I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of some guys from The Fregoso Foundation (www.fregosofoundation.org
) and Field of Dreams (www.fieldofdreamshuntprogram.org
). These are some great guys, and they specialize in taking disabled vets hunting.
As it turns out we will be taking a disabled vet on an elk hunt this fall, this has been an overwhelmingly good experience for me, I cannot even express how grateful I am to these vets and how thrilled I am at the thought of taking one up to fill his tag. In addition we will be supplying the vet with a rifle and scope and all of the other gear so that he may continue to hunt in the future.
I also have been corresponding with the regional VA which is here in town, they took a blind vet hunting last year and he filled his tag.
I highly suggest you contact both of the organizations linked above and tell them a little about yourself and what you hope to do. Even if they cannot help you directly they should be able to put you in contact with someone more local.
For what it's worth, I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and have hunted there and the Hill Country quite a bit. If you are unsuccessful in finding someone that does this work, please feel free to PM me. I still go hunting down there (going in November in fact) and may be able to help you out.