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When you picture an angel, you probably don’t envision the angel wearing camouflage, but angels in camo brought hunting to those who otherwise would not be able to participate.
The Richmond News-Leader reported on the heartwarming efforts of the Augusta County chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The hunting group made deer hunting accessible for those who would not normally be able to participate.
The article tells the story of Kevin O’Connor whose dad took him turkey hunting when he was 9-years old. Unfortunately, he caught pneumonia and missed out on the hunting excursion since he had to spend the whole weekend in bed in their rented cabin. Eight years ago, around Christmas, O’Connor was shot in the back and in the side for the $40 in his pocket. The robbers left O’Connor paralyzed from the waist down. O’Connor had never gotten the chance to try hunting again with his dad until last weekend.
A hunting blind provides cover for hunters, helping to reduce the chance of the hunter being detected by the huntee. In some places hunters hide in deer stands, but climbing a tree is unlikely for a hunter who uses a wheelchair. A National Wild Turkey Federation sponsored the fifth annual all-day deer hunt for hunters of all abilities by setting up blinds with plywood floors to support wheelchairs. The group also used SUVs and trailers pulled by four-wheelers to help get hunters in wheelchairs to and from the blinds and to haul the downed deer.
This past weekend, on the last day in deer-hunting season, O’Connor and 12 other men in wheelchairs, as well as 30 volunteers, spent New Year’s Ever hunting on the 300 acres around Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center.
“Even if I don’t shoot anything I’m out having a good time,” O’Connor said. He added if he did manage to get a deer, then he would give the meat to someone in need.
A total of four deer were brought down Friday morning.