Special Turkey Hunt for Parents & Kids

Posted at: 04/26/2013 12:52 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 12:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) - With spring turkey season beginning last week, many people are eager to get out and hunt. This was made possible for a group of kids that often have to miss out on fun activities.

This is Stephanie Vazquez's second turkey hunt. She's just one of the seven kids with disabilities that a group called Special Youth Challenge took hunting this weekend.

     "Dads, hunters they always look forward to that hunt with their kids that they get a deer, a turkey. So this one I was fortunate to experience with Stephanie," said Stephanie's Dad Jorge Vazquez.

Stephanie was born with Cerebral Palsy which makes it hard for her to control her movements. So it means the world to her dad that she's able to have this experience.

     "They have fun, it’s a lot of work but at the end of the day we appreciate what God’s given to everybody,” said Jorge.

     "These children, none of them could do a hunt without the special equipment that we have and without the special people involved,” said Charlie Olson, organizer for Special Youth Challenge.

     "We have a gun here that has an electronically operated trigger mechanism in which Stephanie controls one switch and the guide controls the other,” said Paul Frydenlund.

They also mount an I-scope camera on the gun so kids can focus easier on the target. Which obviously worked well for Stephanie; she shot the one and only turkey out of the group this weekend.

     "I wanted to cry, I wanted to scream, I wanted to look at her face when we shot it because she saw everything happening she was right in front of them and taking the first shot,” said Jorge.

Hunting with his daughter is all Jorge asked for, and bringing home an 18 pound turkey made it that much better.

     "I'm a very proud dad,” said Jorge.

Organizers of the hunt say giving these kids the opportunity to hunt wouldn't have been possible without help from the community. Special Youth Challenge is planning another outing for deer season and hopes to see more kids get involved every year.