This one will do

This one will do

AFarCry
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Jan 9 2012, 05:34 PM #1

As many of you know, I’ve been working with hunters and anglers with disabilities ever since becoming disabled. One terrific organization I work with periodically is The Way Outfitters. They provide hunting and fishing adventures for disabled kids and veterans. I really like working with these guys because they are one of a few organizations that are totally volunteer from the top down. They do what they do because it’s the right thing to do, which is always the way I’ve approached my own work. They have a television show on the Sportsman’s Channel so if you get a chance, check it out.

Anyway, when I was asked if I would like to go on a hunt in front of the camera, I was apprehensive but excited. One thing led to another and soon I found myself about six hours from home enjoying a delicious supper with the friendliest and most helpful bunch of folks that you could ever imagine. We were getting ready for a trophy Whitetail hunt over the next few days! I was prepared for bitter January weather but I was pleasantly surprised with almost 40°!

Saturday morning involved interviews for the show. After that we went out to where we were hunting for the afternoon.

One last stand up before the sit.



Here is one of Riley and I getting a mic before the hunt.




Late morning found us looking up about 8 feet toward an elevated blind. Between an awesome lift and some big equipment, up went me in my chair. Getting me in the blind was the most intriguing part of the trip. I backed into a small blind that was hydraulically powered to lift me to the right height. Then Bob pulled up a payloader and got the bucket in position. We placed a couple pieces of heavy steel for ramps so I could drive into the bucket and turn toward the big blind. Then I drove over another piece of steel into the big blind.







Here's Brach with the ever present camera.





I haven’t been that high above the ground since a wheelchair came into my life so it was a real treat!

We got comfortable and let the woods settle down for a couple hours before the deer started moving.



It was fun watching a couple young bucks sparring across the field, showing off for a couple does with fawns. The excitement rose when we spotted a monster buck ghosting along the distant tree line! Looked like an elk when he lifted his head and the sun shone off 185 inches of antler! He was by far biggest Whitetail I’ve ever watched.

Eventually we were almost out of light for filming when a very respectable nine point
showed up. Good looking buck but not much mass. He needed to grow another year. I figured we had about five minutes left when a high, wide 10 point stepped onto the field. That one was definitely a shooter! It’s tough to make sure the camera’s ready once the light is going fast and you make the decision to drop the hammer. I don’t know how these guys do it with a regular shooting set up! I’m aiming with a joystick and waiting to bite my trigger and of course that buck kept walking. Finally all was set and he turned just enough. I laid the crosshairs right where they needed to go and bit down lightly on my bite trigger. CRACK!!! And down he went! The 100 grain Hornadays out of my 243 performed perfectly!

Here’s one of me with my buck along with my guide, Bob Singler with Outdoor Wish



My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who made this trip possible! Everything was first class all the way from our initial supper at the Machine Shed and our motel Comfort Suites in Appleton to our wild game feed at Bob’s place. Riley really guarded the Jambalaya on the drive home. Special thanks to the guys from the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of SCI and of course my guide, Bob Singler at Wolf River Preserve who made it all possible. It wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t had all the equipment needed to get me 8 feet off the ground in position for that terrific buck. It is really a great place you have down there. Thank you Riley and Deb for bringing me down there and helping me every step of the way. My thanks to the Wolf River tannery and especially Walt's Taxidermy for mounting my buck. I hope it has only two ears and eyes in the right place lol! There’s so many more of you folks who touched my heart on this trip… Finally, Roger, my friend, you and all the other guys from The Way Outfitters did an amazing job setting everything up and getting me involved in this adventure. I can’t thank you enough. I met so many great people on this trip who made me feel like a part of your family. There will always be a place at my campfire if you make it up to northwestern Wisconsin. God bless you all!

Don
Hunt with your kids not for them

Don Christensen
disabilities coordinator for Babe Winkelman Productions
creator of disabled sports persons information at http://afarcry.info
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Jan 9 2012, 05:51 PM #2

Holy Cow!

That thing is huge.


Can't wait to here the story.

Is he at the taxidermist?

Holy Cow!
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Jan 9 2012, 07:29 PM #3

Wow,, Don, that smile says it all..Congratulations sir..

I knew our fearless leader would come through.. :D ... :ThumbsUp: .....


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Jan 9 2012, 09:27 PM #4

He'll be hanging in my office eventually, Chuck :) Some terrific memories went with this trip. Deb got some great pictures of loading me in the blind and stuff as well so once I get the story complete, I'll share.
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Jan 9 2012, 10:57 PM #5

Congratulations Don!!! What a beautiful Deer!

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Jan 9 2012, 11:43 PM #6

WOW!!! What a buck! Way ta go, buddy. :ThumbsUp: He appears to be over 20'' wide. I'm really tickled that you had a great hunt. Can't wait for the story. :Congrats: :yahoo:
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Jan 10 2012, 12:58 AM #7

DON ROGER IS A GOOD PERSON , I HAVE MET HIM IN PERSON HE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN , A JOB WELL DONE DON .
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Jan 10 2012, 05:24 AM #8

Congratulations Don, that is one fine buck! And from a tree, that is amazing. Those are some pictures I don't want to miss. Well done. :ThumbsUp:
I lift up my eyes to the hills. . .He watches over your life. . .now and forever. Psalm 121

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Jan 10 2012, 01:46 PM #9

Thanks guys! Not a tree though, Dennis. It was basically a six by eight platform about 8 feet off the ground. It was covered with some kind of heavy roofing felt. Really worked good to cut the breeze and I absolutely loved being higher. I was looking over a field of grass that was about 6 feet tall. Luckily, they had a foot of snow the week before so much of the grass was bent over.
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creator of disabled sports persons information at http://afarcry.info
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Jan 11 2012, 05:21 AM #10

That sounds great! A few years ago I hunted over an area like that. It was great to be able to hunt that type of geography. I can no longer get there because of the terrain but those are good memories. You had a great hunt and deserve the well dones. We are all proud of your accomplishment!
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Jan 11 2012, 12:53 PM #11

Great story, Don.
Sounds like you had a fantastic time with a bunch of fine folks.
Hair and makeup look good...on that buck.
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Jan 11 2012, 02:20 PM #12

Looks like ya'll had a great time out there, Don. I can't wait to see you on t.v. Have you any idea on when it will air? Glad to here the, .243 did it's job. :ThumbsUp:
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Jan 11 2012, 03:25 PM #13

Excellent buck and story Don... :Congrats:
Hunt Safe
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Jan 11 2012, 06:12 PM #14

Great story Don!

One shot. No tracking job...Way to go!

Pictures are coming...Right?

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Jan 11 2012, 11:11 PM #15

:ThumbsUp: Wonderful story Don! Sounds like you had a great adventure all around. i hope I get to see the show!

Mark
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true,to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. In Memory of Frodo

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