Hunter launches all-inclusive event

Clint Robinson with his rifle
Clint Robinson with his rifle Image credit:

Hunting game usually requires standing upright behind a rifle to ensure an accurate aim and a painless death for the poor unexpected bird in target range.

In other words, sitting down isn’t the most practical way of dropping a feathery creature out of the sky, but what if you are in a wheelchair?

Clint Robinson was thrown off a horse in 1987 leaving him with a broken neck and ‘hunting’ down a suitable wheelchair.

Despite his injury the hunter was adamant he was going to continue enjoying the great outdoors and carry out his controversial pastime.

Robinson launched Wheelchairs in the Wild which teams up disabled and non-disabled hunters in an all-inclusive event which takes place in Utah.

He told Sky News: “What we're trying to do is get new injured, handicapped people back out into the field, trying to get them back out, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife that's out there and show them that there's other things that they can do besides sitting in the house doing nothing."

The group’s youngest shooter is 13-year-old Missy Cowley who has spina bifida.

Her mom Cindy Cowley said: "We always told her when she was little, you can do everything you want to do... but we just got to figure out a way.

"(But) we really did not know how we were going to get her up there to (hunt)."

Missy added: "I was like, this is awesome. I can actually do it... It was really fun. And I love being outdoors."

Law enforcement officer for Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, Jerry Schlappi, has the upmost respect for Robinson.

Schlappi said: "He's never let his disability or whatever slow him down. I think his whole thing is just giving people an opportunity and showing them that they can still do it."

The pheasant shooting season in the UK runs from October 1 – February 1