Hunt Journals 2015

Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs ™ is please to announce this year’s participants.

Meet the team…

Becky’s story:

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Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Minnesota taught me many things, but most importantly courage, confidence, and passion. I spent 17 years as a “normal” active kid learning how to live life with no barriers. My parents inspired confidence in me every day by encouraging me to try new things and to get involved with life. May 25, 1996 my world ricocheted out of control when I was involved in a one car accident leaving me paralyzed from the waist down.

My brothers were volunteer firemen at the time of this accident and the first to respond to the scene. When they saw my friends by the car they knew I was in trouble because my friends and I were inseparable at this point in our lives. They arrived at the vehicle and I greeted them with a smile that read, “I am alive, but please get me out this car.” I was rescued quickly, transported to the local hospital, and then flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN where I learned about my burst fracture of the T12/L1 vertebras. After eight hours of surgery, 5 days in ICU, and 35 days in rehab I finally made it home to the family farm.

The overwhelming support and encouragement I received motivated me to overcome the obstacles that had been put “under” me. Nothing was going to get in my way of finishing school, going to college, and finding a career. I completed my high school years and moved on to Rochester Community and Technical College, and after four years I graduated from Winona State University with a bachelors in Social Work.

While searching for the perfect Social Work position, I found Rochester Area Disabled Athletics and Recreation (R.A.D.A.R). It was a small non-profit that catered to people with a variety of disabilities who wanted to be active. I worked as a program coordinator for this organization until I found my current position with Cabela’s Inc. Cabela’s is the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear. I am in heaven every day I go to work because the family I work with shows me passion, the company shows confidence in its outfitters’ abilities, not their disability, and provides me daily courage to overcome any obstacle in my way.

As for my outdoor recreational activities, I travel to Minnesota every November to participate in the annual deer hunt at the Noble farm. I have shot in a trap league for the last few years and finally became a registered trap shooter this past year. I work on shooting skills every week at the Rapid City Trap Club. Lastly, I always enjoy camping, fishing, and turkey hunting any chance I get.

This is how I roll!!

 

Christopher Chapman’s Story:

 

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My name is Christopher Chapman; I currently reside in Reno, NV. I have lived in Northern Nevada for almost 30 years. I was injured in a sporting event on May 8, 2010, leaving me a C5 incomplete quadriplegic. I’ve worked extremely hard after my accident to fully regain my independence. Recently, I started a non-profit organization to help fellow wheelers in Northern Nevada live a more active and enjoyable lifestyle. I spend a lot of time working out and playing the fabulous sport of wheelchair rugby (we took 3rd in the nation last year in DII). Other than that you can try and find me enjoying the outdoors with my family and friends!

 

Tim Hall’s Story:

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Timothy Hall was born July 31, 1989 in Reno NV, and moved to Hawthorne, NV when he was 2 years old.  Hawthorne is where he was raised, fell in love with the outdoors and developed a passion for fishing and Motocross. Tim graduated from High School 2007 and joined the Army in March 2009.  Tim was involved in the Army’s basic training until June and then moved into specialized training as a signal support specialist until October 2009.  Tim was attached to the 173 Airborne out of Germany in October, arrived in Afghanistan Christmas Day 2009.

In April 2010, Tim came home for a 2 week leave and bought himself his dream motorcycle, a Honda CRF 450. He spent the next few days enjoying the open spaces around Nevada on his new wheels, knowing that he would be back at work in Afghanistan.

Tim was in line at the PX located at FOB Shank getting supplies when a mortar detonated next to him, blowing him back over 20 feet.  June 10, 2010 is when his Mom, Tammy got the call that Tim had been injured during active duty. While speaking with the Doctor in Afghanistan he explained to Tammy that he had to amputate both of Tim’s legs due to the trauma he experienced during the incident.   Tammy rushed to be with Tim in Germany. When Tammy arrived by her son’s side on June 14th, Tim was in critical condition.

Two days later, on June 16th Tim opened his eyes and said “Hi Mom”, all the doctors and nurses were amazed, the Medical staff didn’t feel Tim had a very good chance of waking up due to the impact he sustained.  Over the next couple days Tim began to stabilize and along with his mother was flown back to the states, for more surgeries and rehab at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Tim has experienced over 60 surgeries and well over 325 units of blood.  Tim will always have health issues but that has not diminished his lust for life and willingness for adventure, as well as continuing to hunt Tim also competes in off road racing and is currently training for the Vorra Off Road Race, Hawthorne 250 in May 2015.

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I am not really sure what I want to say to you all. Right now I am as proud as anyone has ever been, and you all know why. The Austin Jones Sportsmanship Award. I guess I should tell you a little more about the man you have chosen to name this award after. Austin Jones, my youngest son. Austin has Muscular Dystrophy, which he was born with in 1996, though he wasn't diagnosed with until he was almost a year old. He started walking with some crazy braces when he was 13 months old. Life went along pretty well for a few years, Austin was all boy. Catching snakes, playing with his brother and sister and jumping off of everything even though he never one time landed on his feet. He still has thick scars on both knees to this day. Austin was a fixture at his brother Jason's baseball and football games, you could always find him in the dugout or on the sidelines. He knows more about sports than anyone I know. Maybe that's where he first learned about sportsmanship. On February 17th, 2003,By the grace of God we had just pulled into Detroit Children's Hospital for an appointment to see if Austin could have a spinal fusion. Austin had been have a lot of trouble in the preceding weeks and was on O2 to help him breath. We were running late and for the first time ever used valet parking. We went inside and got our passes, a gentleman asked where we were going and gave us directions, to the wrong place. We got to the window and I started to speak with the lady at the window when my wife Stephanie said "Oh my God his fingers are blue!" I turned him around and she said "His lips are blue too!" The lady grabbed him out of my hands and took him to a crash cart and called a code blue. It's a blur what happened next because I lost it. My wife never left his side, I on the other hand found myself locked in a small room. They saved my babies life. ( if we had been sent to the right place they didn't have a crash cart, if we hadn't used valet we would have been later. Austin was seconds from leaving this earth. You better believe in miracles.) Forty three days later we left the hospital. Austin would never breath on his own or walk again. Almost fifteen years later I have never heard him complain, not once. Life changed a lot, we adapted the best we could. Fought to keep him in regular school. Fought to overcome our fears. Fought to let him live a good life. I was scared to death, if it wasn't for my wife pushing the limits I would have never left the house with him. I met them at the lake on day and asked Stephanie where Austin was, she pointed to him and his nurse, seventy yards from shore on a jet ski. No one in their right mind would ever put someone on a ventilator on a jet ski. It's sorta dangerous. Thank God she isn't in her right mind. Austin continued to be awesome in everything he did, a great student and citizen. Hunting and archery have always been apart of our lives. I grew up without a dad but was lucky enough to read all the great magazines growing up. I don't know if it's hereditary or what but my kids were born ready to hunt. Austin is no different. It was really hard though, barely got him out ten or fifteen hours a year. Then we met Ray Brown and Wheelin' Team 457, got his trackchair and haven't stopped since. He literally spends hundreds of hours in the outdoors each year now. It was about that time we moved and Austin had to change school districts, Austin was getting ready to start his sophomore year. It was also about that time that I realized how incredibly compassionate Austin is. It was February when came home and asked if I had the money I owed him, I said sure and asked why. Austin told me they were having a penny drive for a fourth grade student with Leukemia. Austin was saving to buy a new gun and was really close, he gave every penny. Another time I was in the woods hunting when I got a text from Austin. It said " hurry up we got a boy that wants to hunt and we have to send my crossbow to him. It shipped that day. He had me stop at a benefit that we were driving by, it was for a six year old boy with juvenile RA. We didn't have his wheelchair so he had me get someone. When the boys dad came to the car I grabbed Austin's wallet and asked him how much? He simply said " all of it." I could go in for hours. He has organized wheelchair basketball games as fundraisers for people he has never met. He is always willing to help anyone he can. Since graduating from high school ( with a 3.78 GPA) he has given 8 complete archery set ups to people. They had a story that touched his heart and he knows how much archery has done for him. Helping people is the only thing he loves more than hunting and shooting. He lives his life the same way he competes. With an unmatched passion, an incredible desire to win, the utmost integrity and a great respect those that have paved the way before him and a hope to inspire everyone he can along his path. When he received some really bad news recently he said "Come on dad we have work to do, we have people to inspire and we don't have time to waste." At the end of the day the greatest thing about all of it is Austin gives all the glory to God. He knows without Him none of this is possible, but with Him all things are. I hope whoever you choose for this award posses some of those same qualities. I wish I had more of them, because there is no one I look up to more than Austin. Thank you for giving him this great honor and I promise it will be always be one you can be proud to give out. Austin exemplifies sportsmanship.

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What a great week its turning out to be! We had an awesome opening day in 068 with our teams! We had some new help this year that are hooked, we are positive they will be back next year! Have a look at our 2017 success!!#nevadaoutdoors #speedygoats #wheelchairhunters ... See MoreSee Less

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