Kids With Disabilities Have a Chance to Go Hunting

Posted at: 10/13/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2013 4:11 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Families traveled from all around the state for a weekend long event in Stewartville that helps handicapped kids and teens go hunting. Using special equipment, those at Special Youth Challenge Ministry help the kids out in the field.

Wyatt Sexton and his family have been coming out to this hunting challenge for years. "I think it's great that SYC does this every year so kids like me can go hunting," said Wyatt.

Wyatt has Muscular Dystrophy, something his mother Karen feared would discourage him, but  she says events like this, give him a fair shot. "Originally when you have a disabled child you assume there's a lot that they cannot do, so it's people like this who allow them, and then they can," said Karen Sexton.

He's a good shot too! Two years in a row he's hit a deer. "The deer was behind the tree so we had to wait and then she looked like she walked away and then she turned broadside," explained Wyatt.

Here's how you shoot the gun… "They have platforms, and then they have the scopes, and then they have iPods on the scopes so they can see the picture of the deer," said organizer Charlie Olson with Special Youth Challenge. After getting the go-ahead by an instructor, the participants press a button and the gun goes off.

Wyatt's mother Karen was crying. She couldn't have been more proud of her son, but not necessary for getting the deer. "You can’t put a price on it, it's great, and it's great that people want to do stuff like this to help kids like this," said Karen.

"It’s great just to see them do something that they thought they could never do," said Olson.

It was a rather emotional experience, knowing all the kids, including Wyatt, aren't letting anything hold them back. "I think it's a great experience for everybody," said Wyatt.

Special Youth Challenge has been putting on this weekend long event for roughly 3 years. They do a turkey hunt in the spring and deer hunting each fall.