American Electric Power and National Hunting Organizations Manage Another Successful Hunt for Disabled Sportsmen and Women
MCCONNELSVILLE, OH – Outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities recently benefited from the opportunity to hunt deer, participate in various field activities, and create lasting memories and friendships this fall during a special deer hunting event, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The “Ultimate Team-Up” is a program developed by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The event is open to applicants with any type of physically challenging disability and participants do not have to be confined to wheelchairs. An experienced guide offers whatever assistance may be needed in the field. Sponsored by American Electric Power, NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen, NWTF Wolf Creek Chapter, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, this award-winning event hosted 38 sportsmen and women on October 28th and 29th. The participants hunted on land known as the AEP ReCreation Land.
A total of 20 deer were taken during the two-day event. Several hunters were presented with Mirror Image trophies in recognition of their success. Carl Umstead, with guide Rob Evener, checked in the first deer on Friday. Danny White, with guides Todd Cox and John Bechtel, checked in the first deer on Saturday. Steven Dean, with guide Alan Hall, checked in the biggest buck of the event with 8 points. Brad Barr, with guide Bob Birkimer, checked in the biggest doe.
Over 100 volunteers donated their time and expertise to ensure a quality and successful experience for the participants. This special hunting event is designed to promote education, good health, character, sportsmanship, recreation, self-esteem, and disability awareness.
For information or event schedule contact:
Dave Dingey, American Electric Power
Brian Cox, American Electric Power