Deer hunt brings camaraderie to disabled hunters

  • Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 11:41 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, November 18, 2012 11:45 p.m.
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SRNS Defense Programs employee Joel Bennett, left, escorts and assists Aiken resident Rex Lutz during this year’s Deer Hunt for Mobility Impaired Hunters at the Savannah River Site. Lutz retired from SRS in 2006 with multiple sclerosis.
Submitted photo SRNS Defense Programs employee Joel Bennett, left, escorts and assists Aiken resident Rex Lutz during this year’s Deer Hunt for Mobility Impaired Hunters at the Savannah River Site. Lutz retired from SRS in 2006 with multiple sclerosis.

SRS sponsored its 12th annual Deer Hunt for Mobility Impaired Hunters Friday and Saturday.

The event is important to the hunters involved, according to SRS spokesperson D.T. Townsend.

“They frequently get emotional about it,” said Townsend. “It’s that important to them.”

This event brought a lot of camaraderie that was important for the hunters.

“The event went extremely well. All the hunters were thrilled with the weather and the camaraderie,” Townsend said.

Over the course of the two days, six of the hunters were successful with hunting one hog and five deer.

This event has many purposes and not solely for those mobility impaired, although that is the main part.

“SRS is a great site to do this, and it helps us with the deer population,” Townsend said.

Townsend stressed how important this event was for the mobility impaired hunters.

“Most have been doing this since childhood, and it’s awesome for them,” Townsend said. “The camaraderie and fellowship are awesome. This event is very special for them.”

With this event, 25 people are invited, and, according to Townsend, they never have problems filling the slots.

There are escorts that are assigned to each hunter, who are there for safety purposes or to to help the hunters with physical mobility aids.

“This could be moving their wheelchairs to the right position,” Townsend said.

The volunteers also helped with the banquet lunch.

“The lunch was free for them and in their honor,” Townsend said. “It was an awesome event.”

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