Hunt Journals 2013

 

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2013 Wheelchair Hunt at the TS Ranch – Meet the Hunters

100% Success Picture 2013 Wheelchair Hunt Another great season has come and gone for us here at Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs. As I look back over the week I can’t help but think of the lessons we learned about perseverance, patients and the human spirit. I am convinced that with the help of friends, and a little intestinal fortitude we CAN accomplish anything! Thank you Brian Whalen, Tyler Douglass, Kevin Kinnan for providing US with the opportunity of a lifetime!! Held at the Newmont’s TS Ranch annually.

The TS Ranch is home to about 5,000 head of cattle, 2,000 head of sheep and 100 horses. In addition to livestock, Newmont grows dairy grade alfalfa hay that is nurtured by de-watering efforts in our mines along the Carlin Trend.

The TS Ranch also attracts free-range antelope that frequent our hay fields in Boulder Valley. To ensure that the herd size does not grow too large and overrun its food source, each year the Nevada Department of Wildlife issues a limited number of hunting tags, which are required to hunt big game in Nevada. Many Thanks to the Newmont for their kind donations to make this event come together.

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Nevada outdoorsman in wheelchairs in Northern Nevada was featured on Blue Collar Adventures. Host Jay Presti volunteers to help hunters go on a dream hunt.

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A View of the 2013

Hunters

Tyler Douglass

42 years old, married 21 years with one son, Macgregor who is 13.It’s my son’s love for outdoors, hunting and guns that got me back into it about 4 years ago. Together, we have hunted everything from dove, pheasant, to  hogs and deer in that time.I am a general contractor with a small business in contra costa county. T-5 paraplegic, shot in an attempted car jacking about 16 years ago.

Brian Whalen

I’m a fifth generation Nevadan who was born in Reno at Saint  Mary’s Hospital in 1964.  I attended Reno high school where I swam for two state champion swim teams.  I was injured in a diving accident in 1981 that left me a quadriplegic.  After approximately one year of rehab in Los Angeles, I returned to Reno and enrolled at UNR.  I graduated in 1987 and 1991 with degrees in electrical engineering.  I’ve been employed by NV energy since 1988.  I married my wife Shelley in 1994.  We have two daughters and one grandson.  I’m obviously blessed with wonderful family and friends that have made my injury no big deal to me.  My hobbies include hunting, camping, off-roading, and watching Wolf Pack sports.

Kevin Kinnan

 

Born with Cerebral Palsy and confined to wheelchair since the age of 5, Kevin has endeavored to overcome the challenges of living with a disability. Kevin went to college, earning his B.A. and M.A. in Geography. Kevin grew up around hunting culture and developed an interest in it, but was unable to participate due to lack of physical ability. It has only been within the last 5 years that he has been able to pursue hunting as a recreational activity. Through hunting, Kevin has improved his physical abilities and expanded his social circle.

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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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