Physically Challenged Hunter
Randy Benear knows what he's talking about. He's arguably the most prolific physically challenged hunter in the state. A motorcycle accident broke his neck, but not his spirit, not his determination to find a way to do what he loves more than anything, hunt. After ten years of trying different ways of bow hunting from his wheel chair, last year Randy brought home a trophy buck.
"That trophy buck, it was really, really gratifying. When my cousin came down, I was just jabbering like a monkey, he kind of laughed at me, he was probably just as happy as I was." says Benear.
A big buck for Randy, a big accomplishment for physically challenged hunters all over the state. Looking at the targets Randy peppers shot after shot, you'd never know there was anything out of the ordinary. It takes a little more effort, a lot more patience, but the end result is sweet.
"When I first started bow hunting, this had one speed, you couldn't just ease it up. I bought a motor controller which I can vary the speed up and down. When I needed to raise it just a little bit, you're trying to just bump it, well a deer is going to hear it, they always have." says Benear.
For ten years, Randy watched them bolt when he adjusted his bow, but he finally got his trophy buck. Maybe not like you or I would, but he did it.
"I bow hunt, but it's not exactly the way you bow hunt. You climb a tree, but I'm doing it, there's no reason why I can't do it, and there's no reason someone else can't do it. Don't think you can't do it. Don't give up." says Benear.
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