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Physically Challenged Archery Hunts

NYB also holds an annual physically challenged hunt, where individuals can relax and sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of bowhunting and get first hand experience with the use of modified archery equipment. The idea of a Physically Challenged Hunt came to light and with hard work and perseverance the first hunt was held in the fall of 1997 and has been an annual event ever since.

The hunt is typically held earlier in the season to try and accommodate warmer temperatures for the Physically Challenged hunters. Hunts are typically held on private land with facilities available to accommodate bowhunters of varying physical levels. Hunters are encouraged to harvest female deer (does) in order to assist the hosting land owner in controlling the deer population on their land. Hunter success rates have been varied but they typically seem to fall in line with the success rates of non-Physically Challenged hunters.

NYB, in conjunction with the North American Bowhunting Coalition developed the most comprehensive presentation available on adaptive equipment for the physically challenged and aging bowhunter. The creation of the presentation took well over a year to produce and includes hundreds of hours of research time. The adaptive equipment depicted is currently in use throughout North America.

The Adaptive Equipment CD can be ordered directly from the NABC, free of charge at PO Box 493 • Chatfield, MN 55923. The educational program can also be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the link below.

For more information on available physical challenged equipment, please contact NYB. An informative video tape titled "ARCHERY: THE SPIRIT IS ALIVE" may also be obtained from: The US Archer, 7315 N San Anna Drive, Tucson, AZ 85704. The video highlights many of devices that are available to the physical challenged hunter.

The Physically Challenged Committee decided early on that they would not only assist disabled hunters in getting back into the sport of archery but also show them how. The idea of a Physically Challenged Hunt came to light and with hard work and perseverance. The first Physically Challenged Hunt was held in the fall of 1997. The NYB PC Hunt has been an annual event ever since. The hunt is typically held earlier in the season to try and accommodate warmer temperatures for the Physically Challenged hunters. Physically Challenged bowhunters from across New York State and the country have attended this ground breaking event. Hunts are typically held on private land with facilities available to accommodate bowhunters of any physical level. Hunters are encouraged to harvest female deer (does) in order to assist the hosting land owner in controlling the deer population on their land. Hunter success rates have been varied but they typically seem to fall in line with the success rates of non-Physically Challenged hunters.

George Bolender's Big Buck

"Shot at 22 yrds. Ohio buck........Thought 8 but actually 12 point, chasing doe hard, went by me 3 times, 3rd time I yelled to stop em.......I seen a couple easy 150 12 points at 60 yrds...."

Happy Hunters at one of NYB’s Physically Challenged hunts