The heavily populated deer woods surrounding Northeast Georgia will be filled with over 100 disabled hunters Dec. 7-8.
They’ll participate in the first-annual Northeast GA “Ultimate Adventure Deer Hunt” run by Outdoors Without Limits (OWL).
The event is supported by Mayor Jody Blackmon, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and other community members. The Madison County Fairgrounds/Lions Club will serve as the events base of operations.
“Mayor Jody Blackmon and his team rolled out the red carpet for our organization and those we serve,” said Kirk Thomas, Founder and President of OWL. “We’re extremely excited about this event and are blessed to have the Madison County Fairgrounds/Lions Club and the city of Comer as partners. We are still seeking landowners, volunteers and participants with disabilities with a goal of accommodating everyone.”
Thomas, who was paralyzed in a hunting accident in 1992, created Outdoors Without Limits in 2008.
Each participant pairs with at least one able-bodied guide for every hunt.
“Guides and volunteers interact with participants forming a team,” said Thomas. “They’ll work together to overcome any challenges. They might get wet and muddy but they’ll make it happen. Disabled participants want the opportunity to get out there and the guides want to make it happen. It doesn’t take long to realize and understand the blessings that these opportunities present.”
Blackmon foresees a very promising hunt. “As mayor and on behalf of the city of Comer we are honored to host this event,” he said. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner with OWL and look forward to having everyone here for what is sure to be an ‘Ultimate Adventure.’”
The schedule of events includes a “Kickoff Dinner and Benefit” Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. There will bee a BB Gun and Crossbow range between hunts Dec. 8 from 11 to 3 p.m. and a blacksmith demonstration by Ron Cathron, a blacksmith who uses a wheelchair.
OWL is a 501c (3) non-profit dedicated to promoting education, awareness, and opportunity for those with disabilities. Its goal is to educate the community about the possibilities of outdoor recreational activities while providing them the necessary resources needed to participate.