Area hunt clubs help disabled men and women participate in hunting season

WAVERLY, Va. (WRIC) — Four area hunt clubs and hundreds of hunters all came together today to put on a deer hunt, but this was no normal hunting trip.


It’s a day here many won’t soon forget as the group ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen’ invited dozens of men and women who are disabled or paraplegic to come and deer hunt. Many for the first time since their injury.


“This is nice, this is nice stuff,” Travis Felt of Wheelin’ Sportsmen said.


Nearly 200 hunters, thousands of acres of land  and plenty of blaze orange all had one goal—to help these Wheelin’ Sportsmen do something they thought they would never do again.


“It gives you a chance to get out in the open and not be sitting around the house,” Felt said.


Nearly 50 disabled or paraplegic men and women were invited. Many are wounded veterans. Others injured in a variety of accidents.

“I served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield and the Gulf War,” Jim Lynch said.


These folks say they are thankful for Waverly Hunt Club, Sussex Newville Hunt Club, Colonial Hunt Club and Bendall Hunt Club. They say the hunt clubs made them a priority.

“It’s amazing. I mean, for these guys to take their time from their families,” Lynch said.


And for the group that made it all happen, today wasn’t about hunting, it was about good friends and fellowship.

“It’s a great opportunity for everybody. It’s a good opportunity for us to understand their world and how lucky we are to come out all the time and be able to do this,” Kathy Moore of Waverly Hunt Club said.


Many of the deer that were harvested were donated to the nonprofit Hunters for the Hungry to feed needy families during the holiday season.

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