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  • I did a hunting interview for CBS 19 today.

    I appeared before the Board of Supervisors in Fluvanna Co. yesterday to support the County Attorney's and Sheriff's Dept. recommendation for us to help with their deer population problem at a local park. This morning at 11 I got a call from a local TV reporter asking to do an interview ASAP in a hunting situation. I improvised, called a friend and got permission to go to a county park to hold the interview. the last thing I wanted was to get arrested for having a rifle in the park, and I didn't want to drive 30 minutes to my hunting spot to do it. Anyway, here's the story and link to the video.

    http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlin...08lJ0.facebook

    December 6, 2012

    Robin Clark shoots and hunts like any other sportsmen, except for one thing. He does it in a wheelchair.

    "As a youth, I was an avid outdoors man," Clark said. "I had a diving accident when I was 16 years old, which obviously hindered my ability to get out and successfully hunt.

    Clark's accident didn't sideline him for long. In 2002 he joined Wheelin' Sportsmen; an organization helping people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. Wheelin' Sportsmen has ties to the National Wild Turkey Federation, with chapters in several states across the U.S.

    "Virginia, I"m proud to say, has the largest wheelchair sportsmen program of any state in the nation," Clark said. Virginia's chapter has over 350 members and holds over 30 events throughout the state each year.

    Clark and the Wheelin' Sportsmen have been called in by the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office to help out with a deer over-population problem at Pleasant Grove Park.

    "There is a tremendous deer population problem surrounding the park," Clark said.

    The Fluvanna County board of supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday in support of an organized hunt to cut down on the growing deer population. Seven hunters with Wheelin' Sportsmen will participate in the hunt scheduled for January 4th.

    "It's an efficient way to do it, but it also gives people with disabilities an opportunity they would never have otherwise," Clark said.

    The hunt will begin at 6:00am and the sheriff's office will seal the perimeter of the hunt to ensure public safety.
    "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

  • #2
    whats the deer population like need it to be worth the drive?

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    • #3
      Good job Robin

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      • #4
        Originally posted by deel90 View Post
        whats the deer population like need it to be worth the drive?
        It definitely would be but they want me to try to use local peeps. It's not hard to find 7 wheelchair hunters around here. The place is loaded with deer. A girl was killed in a deer/car accident last year right outside the park, and one did $6K damage to a police cruiser 2 weeks ago. That's when they called me. Unfortunately, we have to use our own tags so the most we can take out is 14 which won't put a dent on it. But it means we'll be back next year
        "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Great job. You are a natural in front of the camera.

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          • #6
            well maybe next year I can be a local for a few days

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            • #7
              Good job Robin, like someone else said you're a natural in front of the camera. Cool gig too, keep up the good work!
              get busy living or get busy dying

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              • #8
                Awesome job Robin, keep up the good work!

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                • #9
                  Very nice....!!! You are a natural....

                  I was out in the woods hunting this morning and I could have done with that Rachel Ryan interviewing me too.....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MarkB701 View Post
                    Very nice....!!! You are a natural....

                    I was out in the woods hunting this morning and I could have done with that Rachel Ryan interviewing me too.....

                    I invited her to come to the hunt on Jan. 4th and spend a couple hours in the blind with me
                    "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                    • #11
                      Very cool, though being a gun guy I kept trying to guess the parts on your rifle ;-)

                      Actually I've never seen anyone shoot a rifle from a chair. I've done it but it was in a lightweight manual and I was shooting a .270 someone at the range lent me, so I don't know what the load was. I guess my point is that since I'm almost always the only person around with a chair, I don't get to see other folks in chairs doing stuff. It would be nice to be in a hunt with some other chair users. I was wondering how you stalk anything in a chair though. Besides all the crunching and cracking all powerchair have had dynamic brakes for about the last 20 years so click click everytime you let off the joystick. I guess a manual might be quieter but that's a tough push unless I guess you had a FreeWheel (just saving Pat some time here ;-) )

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                      • #12
                        Good job man, and, it certainly sounds like you got your foot in the door. We need somebody like you up here to take advantage of similar situations. Most of the time here they hire sharp shooters or AB bow hunters. You have an exceptionally strong organization going on, keep it up!

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                        • #13
                          Glad they kept the focus on hunting and did not turn it into a "sympathy" story. You performed like a TV regular. Well done.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                            Glad they kept the focus on hunting and did not turn it into a "sympathy" story. You performed like a TV regular. Well done.
                            Exactly ... wouldn't have expected anything less from Deadeye though! Good stuff (but I still dislike deer meat ... blech! lol)
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                            • #15
                              What a Hunk that DeadEye is!

                              You're the man.

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