|Wheelin’ sportsman gets his turkey|
|Written by Janet Rohde|
|Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:09 PM|
This was his third year turkey hunting, but his first successful kill. Robbie was outfitted with specialized equipment and a handicap accessible hunting blind to accommodate his needs. A couple of wild turkeys were called into shooting range by Dave Painter of Crystal Falls and Robbie’s step-dad, Brad Kaiser. With one shot to the neck, Robbie downed the tom. He said that there was also a jake that came to the decoys.
The hunt took place on the property of Dave Grondin in Crystal Falls. Many organizations and individuals provided the wild turkey season hunt for the young sportsman. Robbie, who has muscular dystrophy, was set up with a specially equipped hunting blind that was borrowed from the Bay De Noc Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation through the Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF program for disabled hunters. The shooting equipment in the blind was designed by Be Adaptive Equipment out of Indiana. Robbie made his shot with this innovative hunting equipment to harvest a 22-pound tom with an eight-inch beard. He was using a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun with a scope. Assisting with the hunt was Dave Painter of Crystal Falls and Robbie’s step-dad, Brad Kaiser. Wildlife Unlimited of iron County is initiating the building of similar blind for disabled hunters. (Painter photo)