Albany Rotary Club helps disabled hunters

Albany Rotary Club helps disabled hunters

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some south Georgians with disabilities were able to head out onto some prime hunting land Wednesday afternoon looking for deer, thanks to the Albany Rotary Club.

Disabled hunters said they can do the same things as everyone else, and they're not letting any challenge stop them from one of their favorite activities.

Hunting and fishing is a couple of Ronnie Howell's favorite activities.

"I been in a wheelchair 52 years now, so basically I grew up in a chair," said Ronnie Howell.

But being in a wheelchair hasn't kept him from participating in hunts such as the annual Handicap Sportsman Hunt sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club.

"Just being around them lifts your spirits in the fact they fight to overcome challenges a lot of people don't realize," said Chad Hancock,

"Makes me feel good that people out there that cares and provides this opportunity,'" said Howell.

Since 2001, the club has provided a chance for handicapped sportsman to hunt and enjoy recreational activities on a South Georgia farm. Howell said if he can do it, anyone else with a disability can too.

'We'll figure out a way they can do it, that they can get out in the outdoors and enjoy that,"

In his second year on the hunt, Trip Block raised money for this special wheelchair to help him hunt the deer he's been waiting for.

"I actually missed one last year, I want to kill one this year," said Tripp Block.

"To watch new people or members catch their fist deer it's enjoyable," said Howell.

Hunters say they appreciate programs such as this club sponsored event and they plan to bring in some deer on Yow place farm in Lee County.

"It's really humbling to see how much energy and how well these guys have adapted," said Hancock.

The club also brought special equipment such as this rifle mount for those who need it on their wheelchairs.

The Albany Rotary Club says this hunt is another way to live out their motto of 'Service above self".

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