Blind Hunter Shoots 4 Deer! [VIDEO]

“Disability does not define ability.” Michael Edmonds

Michael Edmonds started hunting at the age of 5 until September 10, 2013. While mixing chemicals at work, a horrific accident burned over 40% of his body, and sent him into a medically induced coma for seven weeks. Doctors told his wife to call the family because he would not live past the weekend. She responded, “God aint done with him yet!”

Four years later, God still is not done with him. He is now completely blind, and now inspiring others with disabilities to go after their dreams. He is doing this with the help of friends and some really cool organizations. Adventures of the Blind and Crazy is a group on Facebook where anyone can join, ask questions, and follow Michael’s story. He is also starting a YouTube channel in the near future called Hunting Blind.

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There were many challenges with Michael being able to shoot a deer without being able to see. He had to get a scope designed by a company called Be Adaptive. The scope sends an image from the scope to a tablet being held by his hunting partner. His hunting partner will tap him on the knee when a deer is in range so he can raise his gun. A series of taps on his back gets Michael’s crosshairs lined up for a shot. A double tap on his back lets him know it’s time to squeeze the trigger. Twenty-four hunts into the season, Michael got his first deer as a blind hunter with his friend Ray Downy.

There are many organizations that are available to help the disabled. Outdoors Without Limits organized a hunt for Michael along with over 2,400 other disabled hunters! He went to Georgia and shot two does and a really nice 8-point buck that weighed 190 pounds! These organizations are the best part of the hunting community, and what we should be promoting on social media. With all the negativity and bickering we do on Facebook, it is nice to have a great story like this one.

When ending my hour long conversation with Michael, he had this to say, ” Don’t be afraid to ask someone with a disability to go hunting or fishing.”