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Hunting


Why Hunting Is so Important and What It Means to Me

Ever since I can remember, my family has been hunting. When I was younger, I could not wait until I was old enough to go too. When I was finally was old enough, my dad would teach us about the outdoors, hunting, fishing, respecting and preserving the outdoors for the future, etc., and I will always value what he taught me.

When I was finally old enough to apply for a deer tag, I was so excited. During the deer season I shot a small spike buck. I was instantly hooked. Over the years of hunting with my brother, sister, and father it became more than just a hobby. When I was in high school, hunting became more of an obsession. Over the years of hunting deer, waterfowl, pheasants, raccoons, etc. and fishing, there are many great times and memories. It was something that I will always value greatly and would never give up.

When I became paralyzed from the shoulders down, I thought that something I cherished was suddenly gone.  At Craig Hospital in Denver (which is a spinal and brain rehabilitative hospital), I was shown a gun that could be operated by someone without arms or by a quadriplegic. I was instantly overwhelmed with hope. I also had my doubts about whether it could be done or not.

After a few months passed, I was released from the hospital. I was very depressed and had no idea how to begin life again. As the fall came around so did deer season. It was a lot of work to get me out there, but it was all worth it when I actually shot a deer (a buck in fact) with the gun system that I was shown at Craig hospital. I realized that life was not over. It was different, but not over and more was possible than what I thought.

I also realized that, no matter how bad things get, if you crawl your way through, fight for what you want, hope, and pray you can accomplish anything. At that moment instantly my outlook on life changed. However, the gun that I used that cold 2004 November morning was definitely not cheap. It was very expensive. Most things that can help and assist handicapped people are outrageously priced. 

Getting me ready for hunting opening morning.

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