Hunting Trail Opens For Wounded Veterans
Features Handicap Accessible Trail & Blind
Eric Hanson, KCCI.com
POSTED: 5:21 pm CDT October 20, 2008
UPDATED: 5:28 pm CDT October 20, 20
LIVERMORE, Iowa -- Ask anyone with a physical disability and they'll tell you outdoor activities can be a big challenge. But a new, handicapped accessible hunting trail in Humboldt County is bringing a little normalcy back to the lives of Iowa�s wounded war veterans.
The Enabled Veterans Nature Trail is carved out of 35 acres of wooded land along the East Fork of the Des Moines River near Humboldt. Trent Wright and a handful of friends spent the summer carving level trails out of the rolling land.
�It's a real special spot for special people,� said Wright after a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.
Minutes later, four wounded veterans used canes, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs to access the ground they wouldn�t have been able to cross before. At the end of a 275 yard trail sits an enclosed 8� by 10� heated and raised blind for hunting deer and turkey.
�The path and the trail and this building and how all the windows are lower so it's perfectly in tune with someone who's in a wheelchair,� said Bondurant veteran Donnie Daughenbaugh, who was injured in Iraq in 2004.
Veteran BJ Jackson said, �It means a lot to us. Being a double amputee, walking through the hills (is difficult). With these trails, it's going to be pretty hard to fall in these.�
If funds become available, the trail could include duck ponds, food plots and other additions that could make the property usable by pheasant, quail, duck and coyote hunters.
Wounded veterans interested in hunting on the handicap accessible land can request permission by e-mailing Trent Wright at asparagusguy@...
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