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Buckmaster's Hunt Ontario November 13th - 18th, 2005 PDF Print E-mail

In November Accessible Canadian Adventures (www.acadventures.ca) hosted the Buckmasters American Deer Foundation (BADF) 2005 rifle hunt for Whitetails in North Bay.   BADF Southeastern Field Advisor, Mike Schmitz from Tennessee, attended with disabled candidates Jay Bishop from Louisiana, Paul McDowell from Maryland and Mike Little from Wisconsin, USA.

Our special friend and guide Brian Rocheleau, assisted me in getting these brave individuals up into stands, loaded onto ATV trailers and sharing the rugged terrain of the Near North in a dynamic fashion. It is remarkable what the human spirit is capable of and these dedicated men are heroes, in my opinion.  Able-bodied people of all ages should witness the courage of these giants; they are warriors graced in humility and have a passion to live without barriers.

ACA Vice President, Wylie Harvey, also hunted putting his will into motion by enduring the tough conditions of muddy, pot-holed logging roads, beaver dam crossings and frigid temperatures. No one failed in getting the tasks done, other than the odd remark from our brothers in arms who live in the southern USA about how cold it was! They toughed it out and will certainly remember the low numbers on the Fahrenheit scale.

Jay Bishop took a 370 yd. shot at a buck coming off the ridge of a mountain side although wind conditions, trajectory and distance are likely the reasons for not connecting. That is a long shot for anyone to make, especially without a gun rest.

My comment in summary is meant to be proactive; if anyone you know is in a situation of limited mobility, be supportive and help these champions fulfill a dream or adventure. The smile on that someone’s face will be a reflection of their soul.

ACA wants to thank the team from Buckmasters for joining us. We shared our stories of past hunts and talked about hunts planned for the future. It was a time of exploring the kinship of our two nations, developing memorable fellowship and most importantly, building a network for disabled hunters everywhere.

We also want to extend our thanks to Jackie Bushman and David Sullivan of Buckmasters and a special thanks to Mike Schmitz for delivering this special opportunity and allowing us to learn from these magnificent individuals. We look forward to seeing them again in the future.

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