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Hunters With Disabilities Roundup Roosters

October 22, 2011, 10:20 PM by Jon Berg

Hunters With Disabilities Roundup Roosters
FEDORA, SD - It looks like your usual gathering before a pheasant hunt in South Dakota.

But at the Twin Creek Farm just north of Fedora, hunters with disabilities got their chance to shoot some birds, taking part in the eighth annual rooster roundup. 

"Just wanted to know if we wanted to host it, they sponsor it and they pretty well do all the work, all a guy's got to do is provide the land for them," landowner Chuck Blain said.

The event was started eight years ago when someone from the National Wild Turkey Federation requested the company put on a wheelin' sportsman pheasant hunt on his property in Blunt, South Dakota. 

"We hunted there for three years, and we moved over here for two years and last year we were in Brookings and we're back here this year at this site," Coordinator John Thompson said. 

And Thompson says that it's the thrill and excitement on all of the hunters faces that encourages him to continue to do this year after year.

"You see these individuals do something that I, myself and the normal person can go out and do anytime they want to, and these individuals get the chance to do it once or twice a year," Thompson said.

But for some hunters in the fields Saturday, it's not just about trying to catch their limit, it's more about enjoying the experience and meeting people with similar disabilities.

"You're able to participate in the camaraderie, that's to me that's what makes it a really enjoyable hunt," hunter Greg Brandner said.

And despite all the hard work it takes organizers to put the annual event together, the final product is well worth it. 

"Kind of a chore but then when it's all done and sit down and relax it puts a smile on your face and gives you a good feeling," Thompson said.

Making this weekend one these hunters will look forward to once again next year.

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