Meridian Star


January 14, 2010

Outdoors Without Limits

The Booker Hunting Club in southeast Lauderdale County hosted the annual Outdoors Without Limits (OWL) deer hunt Friday and Saturday, January 8th and 9th. Temperatures in the teens and twenties did little to squelch the enthusiasm of this event as more than 20 hunters with disabilities and their guides took to the woods in search of whitetail deer. The hunt was followed by the fellowship of a roaring campfire, great food and story telling.

Booker Hunting Club families take vacation days from their jobs to make this event very special for everyone, especially for the hunters and families of persons with disabilities that attend the event. Special accommodations must be prepared for wheelchair bound hunters, lots of wood cut for an 18 hour daily campfire and food prepared for meals and snacks.

Local businesses donate items for a silent auction. All proceeds go to conduct similar events around the Southeast. Next week the OWL event will be held in Troy, Alabama with 139 hunters scheduled to participate and 86 landowners volunteering their properties for the hunt.

Kirk Thomas started the Outdoors Without Limits organization several years ago. A native Meridianite, Kirk was injured in 1992 in a freak accident while hunting. A tree fell on him, breaking his back and paralyzing him from the waist down. An avid outdoorsman, Kirk awakened one day following his accident to realize “I’m not going to be able to go over to that next ridge to chase the gobbler any more, but I don’t have to give up the outdoors that I love.” Since that time he has dedicated his life to helping people with disabilities to experience the camaraderie of hunting and fishing.

Consider the stories of these guys and think about the times when you and I were very close to being injured. We can all identify with the “no promise of good health tomorrow” philosophy:

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