Disabled Outfitters sponsors annual hunt | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 5, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm
Story and photos by JEFFERY MUSGRAVE
Often in life, we limit ourselves on what we feel we can accomplish. Mental or physical limits keep us from enjoying the wonderful things we’d love to do. This is where Julian and his father Jeff Ohmer step in.
Julian formed Disabled Outfitters in 2004 to provide assistance to those who desire to hunt or fish. He teams the hunters with volunteer guides and the fun begins. For the last 12 years, the deer hunt’s headquarters has been the family property of Mark Farish in Willams. This year’s hunt was dedicated in memory of Steven Lee Rourk, “Sugarbell,” as he was known by his friends.”
Originally there were 28 hunters signed up for the hunt, but Hurricane Matthew arrived and that weekend of fun had to be rescheduled.
Last Saturday, 15 hunters finally got their chance to hunt. The weather was perfect for hunting, cool in the mornings and evenings and just enough sun to warm up in the daytime while they ate and visited with fellow hunters and guides.
The event was filmed by Stacy Boland from Pass’N It On Outdoors. Friday night’s hunt harvested three bucks and three does. Of those six, Julian Ohmer shot a six-point buck and a doe. Ohmer said, “It was great, going Friday evening with one of our new guides, Zach Edmond, and being filmed by Boland harvesting a deer on camera. In the excitement when the buck came out, we didn’t get it on film. But we did manage to get the recovery on video.”
Friday’s success continued through Saturday. Five more deer were harvested, three in the morning and two in the evening. Chad Hett and his guide Zach Edmond were able to take down a 159-pound 10-point buck on Larry Rahn’s property.
Christine and Tom Gray from Fayetteville, N.C., have already been on two deer and one turkey hunt with Disabled Outfitters. Christine said, “ I take my hat off to Julian and his family because it is a major ordeal making all these things work together. He always keeps in touch throughout the year and makes us feel like we are not forgotten about. The people are great and down to earth and we all laugh together.”
Bill Whaley, a Marine veteran from Aiken, said this was his first time here but it felt like a family get-together. “I’m here with my friend Chad Hett of Ridge Spring.”
Hett said he has only missed one hunt in the last 12 years. “I started **** hunting with my Grandpa and uncle when I was in kindergarten.” He loves to make turkey calls and one year donated four to this program to be auctioned.
Austin McInville from Greenwood said, “I heard from my cousin how much fun this hunt was, so my father, Jimmy, and I came on down. I got a doe on the first night.”
Scott Winkler and his wife Brandi, came down from Augusta. Winkler, an Army veteran, became disabled while serving his country in Iraq. He attended a Paralympics summer camp in Colorado Springs in 2006 and discovered he did well with the shotput. So well, in fact, that six months later he won a gold medal at the 2007 Paralympics National Championship. He then went on to represent Team USA in 2008 and 2012 at the Paralympics Games.
Leo Warren and Mark Farish slow-cooked 16 Boston butts for the hunters and other volunteers provided all the fixings for the well over 100 people who came to support Disabled Outfitters Saturday night.
After the hunt was over, everyone gathered for food and to visit. An auction followed supper — the winning raffle ticket awarding a new shotgun, rifle, as well as a variety of hunting devices and equipment.
Jeff Ohmer sang a tribute song in honor of Steven Rourk.
“Monies raised from this hunt will help fund our upcoming fishing event in Goose Creek on Nov. 12 and our spring turkey hunt. We run solely on donations and fundraisers,” says Ohmer, who thanks all his friends, family and sponsors who made this hunt a huge success.
To learn more, volunteer, or participate in future events, contact Ohmer on Facebook at Disabled Outfitters.