The North Carolina Handicapped Sportsmen, Inc. (NCHS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Triangle Chapter of SCI, Wake County Wildlife Club, and Armed Forces Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America and other organizations and individuals working around the state who believe in our goal. In addition, our organization will continue to reach out to children’s hospitals, medical, and rehabilitation facilities. We have 1 goal, “helping all handicapped people in the state have access to the great outdoors.”
NCHS has moved to the new social media for almost all of the information that we put out daily. Because we are using Facebook so much I will only be writing a quarterly newsletter in the future NCHS had a great hunt again this year in Pender County. The Pender Possible Hunt has turned out to be an amazing event with a lot of camaraderie and fellowship. Every year the hunt seems to have a very special meaning. Every year we several new hunters that seem to really touch everyone’s heart. I personally look forward to the Pender Possible Hunt every year, I left Pender with a full stomach and a smile on my face, All the sponsors and volunteers who help with the hunt make it a very special event.
I would encourage everyone to look at the NCWRC web site www.ncwildlife.org and find your NCWRC commissioner. Anyone can contact their local NCWRC Commissioner directly about issues or concerns they might have. Access to public land is an important issue for everyone who enjoys the outdoors. The best way disabled sportsmen can help the program is to attend the public meetings this year and voice your opinion. If you are unable to attend these public meetings, please take the time to visit the NCWRC website and email your comments. I will be going back to NCWRC meetings Raleigh in the new year to represent the NC Handicapped Sportsmen. I will also meet with different members of the NC House and Senate to make our concerns heard at the Capital.
We have been very blessed to have sponsors and individuals who believe in our mission. We are going to be adding some new board members this spring. It really is our goal to help as many handicapped sportsmen as possible get the opportunity to go out and enjoy the great outdoors. We have to put together a plan that will help the NCWRC provide more opportunities around the state in the future. Not just hunting or fishing but access to enjoy everything the state has to offer from the mountains to the beach.
It is hard to imagine where NCHS started and the great things we have accomplished with the help of so many different organizations and individuals. Over the past several years we have been able to provide lodging, meals, and financial support many handicapped sportsmen each year. NCHS has been able to help coordinate and host some great events at different locations around the state. We look forward to seeing everyone at the outdoors shows this spring.