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Blind teen bags big bird in first turkey hunt
kansascity ^ | Apr. 13, 2010 | BRENT FRAZEE

Posted on 04/14/2010 11:58:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono

ELMO, Mo. | When Charlie Wilks went turkey hunting Saturday, he didn’t get to see the big gobbler that strutted across a field and put on a show in front of him. Wilks, 14, has been blind since age 6, when a brain tumor took away his sight. But that didn’t keep him from shooting a trophy bird on his first turkey hunt. Against all odds — and with a lot of help from a couple of mentors who went to great lengths to organize the special hunt — he accomplished the seemingly impossible. “Even though I’m blind, I don’t let it hold me back,” said Wilks, who lives in Emporia, Kan., and was hunting on his grandfather’s land in northwest Missouri. “I don’t look at myself as any different than anyone else. “Sometimes, I need some help. But I can do a lot of things that people wouldn’t think I can.”

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TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: blind; hunting; jpb

Jack Young (left) helped Charlie Wilks, who is blind, line up his shotgun during practice for a youth turkey hunt


1 posted on 04/14/2010 11:58:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Nice bird. Good shooting kid.


2 posted on 04/14/2010 11:59:12 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks JPB mark for later read..


3 posted on 04/14/2010 12:03:23 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: JoeProBono

He killed Big Bird??

Sesame Street will never be the same


4 posted on 04/14/2010 12:06:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Entitlement Zombies will become real zombies when the money runs out)
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To: Lurker
Noooooooooo!
5 posted on 04/14/2010 12:36:28 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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6 posted on 04/14/2010 12:43:09 PM PDT by Sax
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To: JoeProBono

Not a good idea. Nor is blind kids driving, etc.


7 posted on 04/14/2010 12:45:21 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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8 posted on 04/14/2010 12:57:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: DemonDeac
Not a good idea. Nor is blind kids driving, etc.

Why is it not a good idea, stupid driving comment aside?

9 posted on 04/14/2010 1:17:18 PM PDT by 999replies (Thune/Rubio 2012)
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To: JoeProBono

This is cool. I work with the NWTF’s Wheeling Sportsmen’s program to help handicapped people go hunting - I love hearing stories like this.


10 posted on 04/14/2010 1:23:05 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Without the Constitution, there is no America!)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

;-{)


11 posted on 04/14/2010 2:20:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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