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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:45 AM

"Bear hunting dreams come true for children with disabilities and illnesses"

(my input: there certainly are far healthier "dreams" than killing something)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hunters-critically-ill-kids-chance-hunt-big-game-article-1.1176262

Bear hunting dreams come true for children with disabilities and illnesses

The United Special Sportsman Alliance asked bear hunters in Wisconsin to donate their hunting permits to help children achieve their dreams.

By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:09 PM

An 11-year-old girl, waiting for a heart and liver transplant, had her dream come true when she killed a 335 pound black bear with a single shot to the heart.

The United Special Sportsman Alliance (USSA) organized hunting trips in Junction City, Wis. for children with disabilities. The non-profit charity is dedicated to helping disabled and critically-ill children experience the "outdoor adventure of their dreams!" In this instance, the dream was bagging a black bear.

Kaitlynn, 11, from Stetsonville, Wisc., was born with tricuspid atresia, a type of heart disease. She expected to return from the hunt empty handed but managed to shoot the 335 pound black bear, which her family intends to mount on the wall.



"When I looked through that scope I didn't see it as a bear, I saw it as like a 300 pound lion that's about to like attack you, so I held the gun as steady as I could, I turned my head and then I shot," Kaitlynn told ABC News affiliate WAOW-TV.

Little Savannah, pictured above, has had trouble feeling “normal” because of her constant battle with illness, her mother explained. On the trip Savannah managed to capture a 121 pound bear.

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Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hunters-critically-ill-kids-chance-hunt-big-game-article-1.1176262#ixzz28oTKHcGr


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Reply "Bear hunting dreams come true for children with disabilities and illnesses" (Original post)
G_j Oct 2012 OP
Tennessee Gal Oct 2012 #1
G_j Oct 2012 #4
Arugula Latte Oct 2012 #10
Tennessee Gal Oct 2012 #15
Arugula Latte Oct 2012 #18
Tennessee Gal Oct 2012 #29
begin_within Oct 2012 #22
cthulu2016 Oct 2012 #2
Tom_x Oct 2012 #3
mzmolly Oct 2012 #5
RebelOne Oct 2012 #6
G_j Oct 2012 #11
LisaL Oct 2012 #16
Brickbat Oct 2012 #7
LisaL Oct 2012 #8
Brickbat Oct 2012 #19
GeorgeGist Oct 2012 #30
Arugula Latte Oct 2012 #9
former-republican Oct 2012 #12
bkkyosemite Oct 2012 #13
former-republican Oct 2012 #17
G_j Oct 2012 #20
ronnie624 Oct 2012 #26
Grave Grumbler Oct 2012 #14
LanternWaste Oct 2012 #21
loli phabay Oct 2012 #23
G_j Oct 2012 #32
Taverner Oct 2012 #24
loli phabay Oct 2012 #25
Taverner Oct 2012 #27
loli phabay Oct 2012 #28
proud2BlibKansan Oct 2012 #31

Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:50 AM

1. Yes, there are healthier dreams. Here is one example.

The local high school held a rodeo last Saturday. In the afternoon they had special needs children come for some fun. My grandson has Down Syndrome. They helped him ride a horse, rope a dummy calf, ride the mechanical bull, and pet a goat. They gave him a shirt and a cowboy had. They had him throwing his hat and yelling "Yee Haw."

That night the real rodeo was held and my grandson was admitted free. They had him ride a horse in the opening procession. He was grinning from ear to ear.

It was an unforgettable experience and it was a reminder that there are some great young people in this country!

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Response to Tennessee Gal (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:53 AM

4. thanks

a more positive experience

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Response to Tennessee Gal (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:08 AM

10. I'm sorry to say this, but

 

rodeos are supremely cruel, too. Have you seen how they yank the calves off their feet and how they torment the horses and bulls to make them buck? I would never attend a rodeo nor a circus that uses animals.

I know your grandson wasn't involved in those activities, but supporting rodeos in general just perpetuates the cruelty.

On another note: If your grandson liked the horseback ride, I wonder if there is a riding therapy place nearby? They do great work and tend to treat their animals very well.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:17 AM

15. Good grief.......

I don't support cruelty to animals.

It was just a fun day for my grandson.

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Response to Tennessee Gal (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:21 AM

18. The bottom line, though, is rodeos are cruel.

 

You presented rodeo like it was an alternative to a cruel event. What I'm saying is that people who go to rodeos help perpetuate that sick form of "entertainment" and the brutality inherent in them, even if that is not their intention.

There are alternatives to attending them, and other ways for your grandson to have fun.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #18)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:51 AM

29. Well, excuse me. I can do without your lecture.

I am happy for my grandson.

And I am happy that there are young adults who spend time with children like my grandson.

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Response to Tennessee Gal (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:30 AM

22. Which is more cruel, killing an animal or what they do to them in rodeos?

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:51 AM

2. That reads so much like the Onion

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:52 AM

3. Don't dream of killing an animal.

There are much less violent dreams than that

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:58 AM

5. It is almost satirical.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:01 AM

6. Make A Wish Foundation has been doing this for a long time. n/t

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:10 AM

11. what if a kid wished to fight in a real war?

I liked to "play war" when I was a little child. I might have even wished I could fight in a "real war".

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:18 AM

16. No. Not hunting trips.

"But there are some wishes the foundation won’t grant. For the past year, Make-A-Wish has refused to arrange hunting trips."


http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=94686&page=1#.UHQxwK7wGSo

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:02 AM

7. Works for me.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:04 AM

8. Well it doesn't work for me.

That animal wants to live too.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:22 AM

19. Is your objection to hunting in general, or kids hunting, or kids with disabilities hunting?

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:16 PM

30. Killing for fun is stupid.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:05 AM

9. Disgusting. nt

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:12 AM

12. Went on a lion hunt once

 

couldn't pull the trigger.

I feel the same way about bears.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:14 AM

13. Their last wish is to kill a defenseless animal

bet it's the parents who gave them that outlook on life or I mean death.

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Response to bkkyosemite (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:19 AM

17. well a bear is not exactly a defenseless animal

 


But the way black bear hunts are set up by guide services , very little can go wrong.

Most of them are stand hunts over bait.

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Response to former-republican (Reply #17)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:23 AM

20. against a gun they are defenseless

unless they stay out of sight..

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Response to former-republican (Reply #17)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:39 AM

26. Canned hunting.

Ugh, nasty. My first thought is of that filthy Ted Nugent.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:15 AM

14. Wonderful, heartwarming story.

 

Good for them!

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:28 AM

21. to each their own heart-warming and inspiring message-of-life-through-killing

I'm not too terribly impressed by anyone whose dream in life it is to kill.

But... I suppose to each their own heart-warming and inspiring message-of-life-through-killing-- or however they want to rationalize it.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:31 AM

23. different dreams for different people. same as we all have different bucket lists as well

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:36 PM

32. sure, and not every item on those lists

is necessarily good or appropriate.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:31 AM

24. ????? Dying and their bucket list includes killing a bear????

 

WTF???

I guess I just don't understand flyover America

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Response to Taverner (Reply #24)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:39 AM

25. yup you probuably dont. hunting is a large part of rural america

 

My daughters bucket list would include some extreme hunts and fishing if she was in the same situation.

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #25)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:43 AM

27. Thing is I'm not against hunting

 

I just see no reason to do it. Bear never bothered me, so why bother him or her?

However, if it's a fish - it's coming up and getting a nice whack on the head Granted, I am too impatient to fish a lot, but I love taking the kids down to the fish pond (with guaranteed catches) and grabbing a few trouts

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Response to Taverner (Reply #27)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:47 AM

28. its all about management. most dnr realise that its a balancing act of populations

 

Also the permits pay for all sorts of other conservation. Hunting feeds a lot of people and ensures managable populations so we dony have thousands of deer wandering through the suburbs starving in the winter.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:17 PM

31. Yuck.

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