Disabled Hunting Thoughts & Tips

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)
Bow-Ster Bow Holsters
Draw-Loc Crossbows (Archery)
Mouth Tab Making An Easy Mouthtab Out of Parachute Cord
NOS360 Wheelchair Platform
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
TRiONiC Offroad Walker
Walk’n’Chair Offroad Walker
Walk’n’Chair Offroad wheelchair, transport chair
Zoom 4×4 Offroad Power Scooter

Offroad Chair Add-Ons

disABILITY Work Tools Powerhorse Wheelchair Driver
Freewheel Offroad Third Wheel
Quickie Offroad Third Wheel
Rio Mobility Offroad Power Third Wheel
Spokes’n’Motion Offroad Third Wheel
Rough Roller Offroad Third Chair

Find Disabled Groups In Your Area

National Groups

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Connecticut

  • Ct Sportsmen With Disabilities – Steve Kutzo 203-384-8226

Florida

Georgia

  • 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:rollingwild@friendlycity.net
  • Kidz Outdoors

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Manitoba

  • 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:tlindell@man.net

Massachusetts

  • Wheelchair Sports and Rec. Association – Charles Ekizian – 2001 Marina Drive, North Quincy, MA 02171, (617) 773-7251

Michigan

  • Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors – Tom Jones – 734-612-6677

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

  • 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

Ontario

  • Physically Challenged Outdoor Association – Bruce MacCullum – PO Box 642, Madford, Ontario NOH 1Y0, (519) 538-4390

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

  • South Carolina Disabled Sportsmen, Inc – c/o Bobby Harrell, 7449 Hendersonville Highway, Yemasee, SC 2994
  • Cimarron
  • Kidz Outdoors

South Dakota

  • South Dakota Disabled Adventures – 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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