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Continued: Disabled hunters get a shot with Twin Cities nonprofit Capable Partners

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 4, 2013 - 12:51 AM

“You need a helper, primarily for safety and to help if you get a deer,’’ Guzzi said. “And it gives you a chance to hunt with a hunting buddy.’’

Allowing the able-bodied helpers to hunt with disabled hunters is only fair, he said. “Otherwise, his only motivation [to help] is guilt,’’ quipped Guzzi.

Able-bodied hunters might take their access to the outdoors for granted. Not so for disabled hunters, Guzzi said.

Last October, he participated in the Governor’s Pheasant Opener at Marshall, Minn., and hunted pheasants from a special mechanized all-terrain chair.

“I shot my first wild pheasant in 17 years,’’ he said. “I started crying.’’









 

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  • Dave Guzzi nocked an arrow in his crossbow as he prepared to hunt deer in a portable blind on a new platform in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Capable Partners has been helping disabled people hunt and fish for years. Dave Guzzi and an able-bodied friend, Jayme Welsh, hunted deer Thursday evening, September 26, 2013 in a new blind area within the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. Dave Guzzi’s blind was on the new platform at the end of a short gravel trail off a road in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. ] JEFF WHEELER ‚Ä¢ jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

  • Capable Partners has been helping disabled people hunt and fish for years. Dave Guzzi and an able-bodied friend, Jayme Welsh, hunted deer Thursday evening, September 26, 2013 in a new blind area within the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. Dave Guzzi and Jayme Welsh headed to the new hunting platform for an evening of deer hunting. Welsh is carrying the case that contains Guzzi's crossbow. ] JEFF WHEELER ‚Ä¢ jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

  • With his gear in his lap, Dave Guzzi wheeled the short distance from his vehicle to a hunting platform installed for disabled hunters in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Guzzi is volunteer outreach coordinator and an active member of Capable Partners, a Twin Cities nonprofit.

  • Capable Partners has been helping disabled people hunt and fish for years. Dave Guzzi and an able-bodied friend, Jayme Welsh, hunted deer Thursday evening, September 26, 2013 in a new blind area within the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. His gear all ready, Dave Guzzi waited for his hunting buddy, Jayme Welsh, to return with his gear to join him for an evening of bow hunting on the new platform. ] JEFF WHEELER ‚Ä¢ jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

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