Each year we editors at OutdoorHub discover inspiring stories of hunters who have overcome huge hurdles in pursuing their outdoor passions, and this one ranks at the top of our list.
On a recent hunt hosted by Hope Outdoors, Dana Sanders was in the field near Grenada, Mississippi, with his 11-year-old son, Jason. Thanks to the hard work by the Hope Outdoors crew, Jason shot three deer during three trips into the woods.
Jason has Cerebral Palsy, but that doesn’t stop him from hunting whitetails and loving the outdoors. As the video above shows, Dana helps Jason blood-trail his first buck.
Wrote Dana on his Facebook page: “In a hunting world where big deer are the highest prize . . . this young spike is the biggest trophy of them all! Best of all, a half-million people see the excitement of a handicap child hunting. Kids with disabilities dream and have the same aspirations as everybody else. They just need the opportunity!”
Dana continued: “That means a lot of people have seen that even kids with disabilities can enjoy the outdoors, and that kids with disabilities have the same desires and aspirations as those without. It shows what can be achieved through s little planning and effort.”
“Never, never, never take anything for granted, and thank God every day for your blessings,” Dana wrote. “Jason is our blessing, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity he had this weekend. It made a big impression on him!”
P.S. And in case you’re wondering, yes, Dana’s wife is also an avid hunter!