An estimated 1.7 million people with severe physical handicaps enjoy hunting and shooting sports in the U.S. Some of the things that can be taken for granted by the able bodied sportsman are life-changing events for this segment of the population: learning to shoot again, being in the wilderness, or just witnessing animals in the wild. I understand, personally, the importance of outdoor recreation and how it can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life for people with disabilities. Dealing with a severe left hand injury I sustained in 2017 has taught me the true meaning of “adaptive shooting” and “adaptive shooting gear” because I’ve had to keep adapting my strategies and equipment to stay in the hunt as the injury and seven surgeries diminished my left arm & hand strength and flexibility.
Each year there are more people with disabilities enjoying nature. Government; on Federal, State and local levels, is providing easier access to thousands of acres of trails, parks and wilderness areas. There are organizations and clubs with programs for persons with disabilities who want to participate in hunting activities. A number of volunteers donate many thousands of hours each year so that others can enjoy areas that were once thought to be unreachable.
Depending on your injury or handicap, you will need to adapt to your circumstances. Thankfully, there are more and more technologically advanced vehicles, motorised wheelchairs and tools being developed every year to help you get outdoors. If you are someone who has difficulty holding a gun or bow, you are going to need some type of shooting platform that you are comfortable with. If you are going to shoot recreational, this can be a saw-horse or anything like it that will enable you to handle the weapon effectively. If you are going to hunt, you are going to need something that will be small enough for a ground blind. Because weapons are rarely accurate straight out of the box, using anchor points will allow you to discover how your weapon is shooting and make the proper adjustments and zero it in as they say.
Hunting facilities and target-shooting events are becoming more user-friendly for outdoorsmen with special needs
Does Connecticut offer any special considerations for hunters with disabilities?
A person who has permanently lost the use of a limb may be issued a hunting or trapping license free-of-charge (permits are not included).
Verification of disability signed by a licensed physician or an advanced practice registered nurse must be presented.
Paraplegics may also be eligible to hunt from an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle).
Some hunting areas are especially suited for hunters with disabilities and have access improvements to accommodate those hunters.
They are listed in the current Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Public Hunting Areas page on the DEEP’s website.
The Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America (PCBA)
The Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America is a nonprofit organization that was founded to help persons with disabilities who want to participate in bow-hunting training.
The PCBA provides newly injured and inexperienced sports-persons with information and services through its organization and members, demonstrating how to shoot a bow and hunt, regardless of a person’s impairment.
The PCBA also serves as a national clearinghouse on the opportunities, techniques, and adaptive equipment for archers with disabilities. They provide information to individuals, organizations, manufacturers, and archery dealers at no charge upon request. The PCBA promotes fellowship through promoted social events and hunting opportunities. They continuously seek the assistance of manufacturers, hunting and archery organizations, as well as from experienced hunters, so that they can work together in order to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through bow-hunting. The PCBA works with rehabilitation facilities and hospitals and the people who work in these institutions in order to introduce bow-hunting in a positive manner. You can visit the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America website at: https://physicallychallengedbowhuntersofamerica-inc.org
These resources are not intended nor implied to be an endorsement of any company or product.
Hunting Equipment and Devices
|Access to Recreation||Field Tripod and Quad Mounts (Archery & Gun)|
|Adaptive Outdoorsman||In-Line Draw-Loc, Mounts (Archery & Gun)|
|Battenfeld Technologies||Stands (Gun)|
|Be Adaptive||Mounts (Archery & Gun)|
|Big Sky Imagination||Stands, Binoculars and Rests (Gun)|
|Mouth Tab||Making An Easy Mouthtab Out of Parachute Cord|
|Parker Bows||Self-Cocking Crossbow (Archery)|
|Sidestix||Stabilizing Crutch Poles|
|Sport Aid||Battery Operated Tree Stand|
|TenPoint||Dampeners, Crossbows (Archery)|
|SR 77||Hands free shooting rest (Gun)|
Offroad Chairs, Scooters, & Walkers
|Action Trackchair||Offroad Power Chair|
|All Terrain Medical & Mobility||Extreme 4×4 All Terrain Power Chair|
|Cajun Mobility||Offroad Power Chair|
|Eagle Sports Chairs||Offroad Manual Chairs|
|Freedom Trax||Offroad Power Chair|
|Grit||Offroad Manual Chair|
|Inovation in Motion||Extreme 4×4 All Terrain Power Chair|
|Magic Mobility||Extreme 4×4 Power Chair|
|Magic Mobility LTD||Offroad Power Chair|
|Mobility Technologies||Offroad Walker|
|Motion Concepts||Offroad Manual Chair|
|Mountain Trike||Offroad Manual Chair|
|Outdoor Extreme Mobility||Offroad Power Chairs|
|Outrider USA||Offroad Manual Chairs|
|SportAid||Offroad Manual Chairs|
|Terrain Hopper||Offroad Power Cart|
|Titan Hummer XL||Offroad Power Scooter|
|TopEnd||Offroad Manual Chair|
|Walk’n’Chair||Offroad wheelchair, transport chair|
|Zoom 4×4||Offroad Power Scooter|
Find Disabled Groups In Your Area
- Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America
- UFFDA-United Foundation For Disabled Archers
- Fishing has No Boundaries
- Capable Partners
- North American Squirrel Association
- Outdoors Without Limits
- Outdoor Buddies
- Helluva Hunt
- The Tom Siple Foundation • 1656 Ringgold Timblin Rd • Timblin, PA • (814) 365-5235
- Ct Sportsmen With Disabilities – Steve Kutzo 203-384-8226
- North Georgia Wheelers – 3638 Looper Circle, Gainesville, GA 30506, (770) 536-9256
- Southern Disabled Outdoors -4176 US Hwy. 41 South, Tifton, GA 31794, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kidz Outdoors
- Field and Stream Association for Manitobans with Disabilities, President: Terry Lindell – PO Box 246, Warren, Manitoba ROC 3E0, Phone: (204) 322-5672;fax: (204) 322-5236, Email:email@example.com
- Wheelchair Sports and Rec. Association – Charles Ekizian – 2001 Marina Drive, North Quincy, MA 02171, (617) 773-7251
- Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors – Tom Jones – 734-612-6677
- Capable Partners – PO Box 27664, Golden Valley, MN 55427-0664, (763) 542-8156
- Randy Sorensen – Options Interstate Resouce Center for Independent Living, 318 3 St NW, East Grand Forks MN 56721, (800) 726-3692. Offering an accessible deer hunt for people with disabilities in coordination with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Rydell National Game Refuge). Options Outdoors | Options – Rydell Refuge Deer Hunt
- Minnesota Game and Fish Department
- Minnesota Deer Hunters Association MinnDak Border Chapter
- Special Youth Challenge of SE Minnesota
- Twist of Fate
- NY Outdoors Unlimited – 1126 Ridge Rd – Ontario, NY 14519 – 315-524-3967 or 585-797-5435, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sporting Chance – Ron Yeager, President, 737 N. 34th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 – Phone (701) 258-1865 / Karla I. Engelhart, Secretary, 815 N. 12th, Bismarck, ND 58501 – Phone (701) 222-8516
- Physically Challenged Outdoor Association – Bruce MacCullum – PO Box 642, Madford, Ontario NOH 1Y0, (519) 538-4390
- South Carolina Disabled Sportsmen, Inc – c/o Bobby Harrell, 7449 Hendersonville Highway, Yemasee, SC 2994
- Kidz Outdoors
- South Dakota Disabled Adventures – 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501
- Challenged Outdoorsmen of America
- Rise Adaptive Sports
- One Arm Dove Hunters Association – Jack Northrup, P.O. Box 582, Olney, TX 76374, (940) 546-21
- Texas Adaptive Outdoorsmen
- The Way Outfitters
- Turning Point
- Empowerment Outfitter Network
- Star Prairie Game & Fish Association – Dave Peterson – PO Box 1, U.S. Highway 65, Star Prairie, WI, (715) 248-3767
- Take ‘Em Outdoors
- Woods and Waters Club – Dick Lieble – 3030 Line Kiln Rd., Green Bay, WI 54311, (414) 336-5722
- North American Squirrel Association
- Adaptive Sportsmen, Inc.
- Empowered Dream Hunts, Inc.