Adaptive hunting is fun, it could also serve as therapy to a person with disabilities.
Greg Traynor is a C4-5 quadriplegic, he created the popular Facebook Page: Accessible Hunter. Greg has been sharing his hunting experience, new skills and lessons with his over 5,000 page followers since 2010. He also shares information on how to acquire licence as a hunter and the adaptive tools needed to be a successful hunter. Recently, Greg started the Accessible Hunter podcast to reach more audience.
"When you start hunting with experienced hunters, you will acquire experience and become comfortable with hunting in a short time. I use to hunt with other hunters with different abilities and we just don’t think about our disability anymore. We have learnt how adaptive hunting works best, and how to get out there and hunt games."
Greg learnt about hunting from his father, he was taught how to bow hunt in Pennsylvania’s bountiful game lands when he was 15. He hunted games until 1999 when he had a spinal cord injury. Greg had thought he would not be able to hunt anymore, but workers at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where he was receiving treatment came to his rescue when they found out that he was a big bow hunter, they took him down to the recreational therapy department's gymnasium and introduced him to shooting again with adaptive equipment. Greg was trained with a BMF trigger activator — a lever that makes depressing the trigger easier — on a .22 rifle.
When Greg left the Shepherd Center, he moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to his family. He was able to spend time hunting with his brother and nephew, as well as other long-time hunting friends. 10 years after Greg's return into hunting, he began the original Accessible Hunter website.
Now, whenever Greg is going for hunting, he moves with his 30-inch-wide outdoor wheelchair, the tilt and recline chair fits perfectly into his full-sized van lift. He carries his adapted mount, adaptive rifle, shotgun and bow along. Greg still utilizes the BMF on his shotgun, he also uses a sip-and-puff trigger with his scoped rifle.
Greg prefers to hunt with friends and family. "Hunting is fun. I love to spend time in nature. Therapy happens outdoors, on the hunting field," he said.
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