Hawkeye Hunters Help Fulfill a Dream

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“My Uncle Steve brought my brother and me our first guns when we were young. After that, we did a lot of target practicing, but I never went hunting until after my accident,” Chase said.

He had been in an automobile accident, causing paralysis from the chest down, making it impossible to hold a firearm. So Chase and his friend Garrett devised a plan to develop a device that could hold his gun for him. It was fastened to his motorized wheelchair, making it easy for him to swing the rifle around. Chase said, “It was cool when we got it done, and I looked forward to trying it out.”

On Saturday afternoon, Chase, his father, and mentors Scott and Bailey quietly entered the blind. Then, as the sun set, a nice buck came in from the hardwoods to the open field in front of them at 120 yards.

“It would have been a clear shot, but then another little buck came out and scared it off. Finally, we ran out of shooting time and headed home,” Chase said.
The following Friday afternoon, Chase, his friend Tyler, and mentors Scott and Bailey tried hunting in a different location. Not long after they got situated in the hunting blind, Chase said, “Tyler was sitting on a 5-gallon bucket next to me, and being a bigger guy, he broke the bucket, and we were all laughing.” “It was definitely a fun time,” he added.

They sat and waited patiently, hoping the buck they saw on Friday would show itself. Then, a little past 6 pm, two does come out into the field and walk back into the woods. Then shortly afterward, another two does come out and were grazing, then moving toward the blind.

“We talked about waiting longer for the buck or taking a doe. But I could not hunt the next day, so we decided to try for a big doe.”

Then the big doe they spotted came a little closer and looked directly at them. Chase looked through the Vortex scope of his 350 Legend rifle and placed the shot directly behind its right shoulder.

Everyone was happy for Chase and patted him on the back. They sat in the blind for twenty minutes, then the mentors trailed the deer and found it by a ravine. “I was excited when they brought my deer back.”

“I want to pass on the hunting tradition to my 5-year-old daughter Braelynn someday.”

Congratulations to Chase on getting his deer and the fantastic memories he shared in the blind with Tyler and his mentors. God bless!

If you know of a deserving child or veteran who might want to attend a free hunting trip, don’t hesitate to contact United Special Sportsman Alliance.