SUPPORTING YOUR HABIT
Every good rifleman finds a way to support his habit, and disabled hunters should be no different. I’m talking about using a sturdy rest for your firearm.
Many permanent ground blinds –ready made or custom built—feature shooting rails or window frames that can steady a rifle. Hunting in the open or from pop-up blinds poses a greater challenge when it’s time to aim. Before needing a wheelchair, I used a four-legged walker to reach the blind. Once settled in a folding stool, I’d position the walker in front of me to serve as a gun rest. Here’s a pic of me using the setup on a deer hunt in
As my condition worsened, I depended on a wheelchair, and my arms became too weak to hold a rifle. I bought a model LM100 wheelchair-mounted bracket from BE-Adaptive (www.beadaptive.com) that supports the rifle’s weight yet allows full range of movement for aiming. BE-Adaptive also makes a motorized gun bracket for quadriplegics. Controlled via joystick or chin movement, it draws power from a 12-volt battery. This photo shows the results of a
Collapsible shooting sticks rate as the best option for disabled hunters who have use of their arms. The sticks adjust to hold a rifle steady whether you’re standing, sitting or kneeling, and they offer maneuverability when you need to change shooting angles quickly. Keith Jordan, of
Alabama, demonstrates how he uses shooting
Each shooter must find what works best for him, and then spend time practicing at the rifle range. How do you hold your crosshairs steady in hunting situations?