Hunting season is in full swing, but hitting the great outdoors does not come easy for everyone. A hunting club from Washington, Indiana teams up with a national organization to give some special needs hunters the chance of a lifetime. The new program kicks off today. The Graveyard Hunt Club, a local group of hunters from Daviess County, team up with the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America Organization, giving some special needs hunters a chance to overcome their challenges while doing what they love. So far it's right on target.
"You take one look at these hunters, these kids, these adults, you can see perseverance, you can see an amazing attitude that's never quit," says Julie Chapman. Chapman of the local Graveyard Hunt Club says hitting the outdoors is something everyone should get the chance to do, despite what challenges they may face. She reached out to the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America to give some special needs hunters a very special experience over the next few days. "I like shooting, and I like hunting, so i'm glad I get to do this." Ten year old, Cauy Sprankle, and his dad Chris share the love of hunting. "There's not a whole bunch of things he can do, so hunting is probably one of the things he likes most to do," says Chris Sprankle. This week Cauy and four other hunters will get the chance to target shoot and hunt in a way that fits their needs. "Just the excitement of the animals coming in, and getting to eat them," says Cauy. They come from Ohio to North Carolina, to here at the Washington Conservation Club.
"This is my chance to get back out and be a hunter, and be normal, and go harvest food for my family, this is meat for us. It's a chance to be normal again," says Nancy Sneyder. She suffered a stroke two years ago and says this experience is the hunt of a lifetime. "This will finish my journey. I learned to do everything again, brush my teeth, brush my hair, this is taking care of myself and taking care of my family. This is the last piece for me. It's awesome." They all face their different challenges, but they all share the same love of the sport. "Anybody that does any kind of archery shooting would be absolutely amazed at how well they can shoot. I think all of our guides are going to take lessons shortly." Overcoming their challenges and teaching others, comes sooner than you would think. The program is already expecting up to twenty hunters for next year. This is all nonprofit. Head to the Graveyard Hunt Club's Facebook page to see how you can be a part of the program.