Gun club hosts disabled hunters
With just a couple of days remaining in this years hunting season, the Tyler Rod and Gun Club took advantage of the time and held their annual “disabled hunt” for hunters who are in someway disabled but still wish to take part in the sport.
The Tyler Rod and Gun Club hosted five hunters this year: Chris Bates, Stanley McIntyre Jr., Louie Haynes, William Mills and Larry Barnhart, with three harvesting deer by noon.
“This is really something special,” said Mills of Wayne County. “This is my first time here, but I’ll definitely be back. These guys were so good to us, treated us very well. I just can’t say how much I appreciate this opportunity.”
The event began with a dinner held on Thursday night, prepared by club members and their wives. Early the next morning, following a big breakfast, the hunters were assisted afield by club members and volunteers. Lunch was served when all returned from the days hunt.
Preparing food for the activity were Yvonne Starkey, Holly Chambers, Alice Beaver, Mary Lou Schoolcraft and Ruth Phillips.
The Tyler Rod and Gun Club has been holding the hunt for six years with local landowners giving permission each year for the group to hunt on private property. The disabled hunt held in Tyler County is the only program of it’s kind in West Virginia held 100 percent on private property. With the Conservation Officer on hand, harvested deer can be checked in throughout the day.
“It was a good day,” said Haynes of Calhoun County. “I didn’t get one this morning, and I sure would have liked to, but that doesn’t take away from the day. These are good people, and we had a great time.”