Disabled Hunters Gather in Makanda
MAKANDA -- The gloomy weather wasn't going to stop disabled hunters from hunting this weekend. They gathered at SIU's Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Makanda. The center normally has a no hunting policy, but organizers lifted the rule for the disabled hunters.
They were able to enjoy a weekend filled with friends from all over the country. Several SIU students volunteered to help the hunters harvest and set up their blinds.
John Brod drove from Indiana to participate in the hunt and got his first deer within the first five minutes.
"Well I was very lucky that I had an able-bodied assistant that was the coordinator for the volunteers. He came back and asked me if I would like
a chance to harvest a deer that he had found bedded. He put me right on it and I was able to make a very fortunate shot," he says.
This was the second time Touch of Nature hosted the event. Volunteers and participants say they hope to see the event grow every year.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 73 %