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    Does anybody have any experience with taking a disabled person hunting up here? My father-in-law is paralyzed from chest down and wheelchair bound. Kind of limits what I can do to take him. I know it would be a dream of his to hunt a big game animal up here when he comes up. I looked into disabled vet permits but his injury wasn't active duty so don't think he qualifies. I am just racking my brain on what I think I might be able to do for him and thought I would ask what others have done. I have taken him deer and turkey hunting in lower 48 but wanted to see if I could get something figured out up here. Thanks for any in put!

  • #2
    Black bear at a bait staion might be doable.

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    • #3
      Yes. I recalled a thread that pictured a wheelchair bound gentleman who connected with a blackie. I did a search and found it. Here is where I found it within the site: go to Alaska Hunting Forum, Alaska Hunting, 2006-2009 hunting photo galleries, stickie: 2008 Alaska hunting photos, post #109 by Dwhunter on 9/24/08.

      Good luck!
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      • #4
        If he qualifies he can do a black bear from a boat. There used to be disabled hunts for moose up in Fairbanks but I remember it vaguely. Maybe someone else remembers more about them.

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        • #5
          Yes I have thought about bear over bait. I think the main issue will be finding a legal site that is in a place we can get his chair into! I am definately trying to locate such a spot!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Daveinthebush View Post
            If he qualifies he can do a black bear from a boat. There used to be disabled hunts for moose up in Fairbanks but I remember it vaguely. Maybe someone else remembers more about them.
            What does it take to qualify for black bear from a boat?

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            • #7
              If he qualifies for the permit to shoot bears from a boat, I'd look into a spring hunt out in PWS. Keep this updated with the outcome if you don't mind, I'm curious for a few of my own personal reasons.

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              • #8
                This may be a bit of a stretch but I would talk to some folks about Adak and see if they could think of a feasible way for him to hunt caribou out there in January or February when the animals are close to town, possibly from an Argo? Bonus ptarmigan maybe too.


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                • #9
                  I'm wondering if you could hook up a caribou from a riverboat somewhere northeast of Kotzebue when the caribou are migrating. I know some of the locals will wait for caribou at known river crossing points, and when they show up it's not a difficult harvest. Finding a way out there might be a logistical challenge, but I've got to think he could do a hunt like that if you could arrange the transportation.

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                  • #10
                    I believe you must be at least 70% disabled to shoot bear from a boat in PWS. The month of May would be an excellent time to do this hunt.
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                    • #11
                      There are moose hunts for wheel chair bond hunter in the Kenai refuse. This hunt is in the regulations, I have been along for some boat based black bear hunts and would not recommend them. Simply too hard to shoot from a boat pitching around IMHO we gave it up after a few misses. Baiting would be a better choice.
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                      • #12
                        I guess I didn't see the refuge wheelchair hunt in regs, I will have to look and see if I can find it. I imagine it would be draw so he would need to put in before the 15. He would qualify for shooting from a boat he is able to shoot from vehicles in lower 48. An Argo might be a good way to get him into bear baits maybe I need to look I to that more, except I do t have one but would look into getting one if it would allow him to get into areas. My main concern is balance as he has none would have have seat belt type system which he has on his wheelchair. He has a power chair but would get stuck lot up here do to skinny tires and lots of wet areas. Thanks keep them coming and if anybody has done anything like this up here please tell me about it!

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                        • #13
                          Disabled hunts?

                          I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but it seems caribou are shot near the highway in unit 13 often, what about rigging a sidexside or Argo for that hunt? It would be draw for him if he's non-resident but there is at least 2 tags you could put in for that have good road access?

                          It might also be doable for him to shoot a caribou from a jet boat or air boat in unit 13?


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                          • #14
                            How much do you want to spend???
                            Look at: http://actiontrackchair.com/ActionTr...x#.VHerr5bprCS

                            Can do most ATV hunts up here with that.



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                            • #15
                              Page 12 of the regulations....


                              Other
                              disability provisions
                              Those who are at least 70-percent
                              physically disabled qualify for the
                              special provisions outlined below:
                              A person with physical disabilities
                              may take big game from a boat in
                              Units 1-5, and may take black bear
                              from a boat in Unit 6D, if they obtain
                              a disabled hunter permit. A disabled
                              hunter permit holder may only shoot
                              from a boat when the motor is turned
                              completely off and when progress
                              from the motor has ceased.
                              Applications are available at the
                              ADF&G office nearest the hunt area.
                              A person with physical disabilities
                              may shoot game from a motorized
                              vehicle in portions of Units 7 and 15
                              within the Kenai National Wildlife
                              Refuge. This person must require
                              a wheelchair for mobility, obtain
                              a permit from ADF&G and be in
                              compliance with Kenai National
                              Wildlife Refuge regulations. ADF&G
                              may require that the permit holder be
                              accompanied by another hunter with
                              a valid hunting license capable of
                              assisting with the retrieval of game
                              taken by the permit holder. For more
                              information on acquiring a permit
                              to hunt within the Kenai National
                              Wildlife Refuge, contact the ADF&G
                              office in Soldotna at (907) 262-9368.
                              For further information on disability
                              provisions, contact ADF&G by phone
                              at (907) 465-4148 or by email at
                              dfg.dwc.permits@alaska.gov
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