We have a few individuals who are interested in hunting with Second Shot this season and we’re excited to try and fit them all in the schedule. Our first hunt is coming up fast in less than two weeks! We have worked with a number of clients who have needed physical accommodations to make the experience successful. Here are our tips to those interested in getting involved or want to lead their own adaptive hunt.
Try the Post up
When we first made our way up the hill to the beautiful food plot and switch grass landscape, we looked for spots to post Chris. A post or posting was optimal for our hunt because the strategy allowed Chris to sit ahead of the hunt at a safe angle and distance. The other hunters walked the grasses to push birds with the dogs towards our post. Many birds flew up our way and Chris was able to knock down four.
Try the UTV Roll-out
Through a long day Chris’ wheelchair pushing assistant worked hard to get him in position through grass and bumpy dirt. JJ was relieved when we used the UTV. We lifted Chris into the bed. JJ was able to brace him from behind and I was able to ensure he would not roll into the sunset. With a great driver we were able to back Chris up over some strong points from Dusty the English Setter.
Speaking of Dusty, he was the show’s star with his consistent nose. A pointing dog shows the hunters where the birds are by literally pointing with their nose while standing still. This allowed us to drive the UTV into an optimal position for Chris to get a shot. Strong willed Dusty was finding the birds for Chris all day and held his points for over a minute. Good Boy.
We closed on a strong note with Chris hitting the final birds. The success was in part to the above keys. By using these keys we are able to create a longer hunt for wheelchair, prosthetic, and low endurance patients. A longer hunt means more time in the field together and a better chance to connect.