Students Build Handicap Accessible Shooting House For Disabled Hunters

Posted on: 8:00 pm, May 3, 2013, by , updated on: 07:02am, May 4, 2013

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Avid hunters often use a deer stand or duck blind to help make their shot.  However, those tools can be difficult to use for people with disabilities.

Some Colbert County students are working on a project to make hunting a handicap accessible sport.

Friday, carpentry students at the Muscle Shoals Center for Technology put the final touches on a shooting house.

“It`s a great thing for them to do because it`s an opportunity for them to give back to the community and do something good for someone else.  They also learn a lot about carpentry while we`re doing it,” said instructor Joel Retherford.

An extra wide door on the shooting house is catered toward handicap hunters.  The windows are set low enough for a person in a wheelchair to reach.

“I think they`ll be very appreciative of it and I think it will be a great thing for them,” said freshman student, Mitchell Mason.

Retherford says this shooting house provides protection in order to allow hunters to forget about their disability and focus on just one thing; hitting their target.

“I`m kind of an outdoors person,” said Retherford.  “I like to get out and do things.  So, if something would happen to me and I couldn`t do that, I would have a hard time accepting that.  This really gives people who have had that experience the opportunity to get out and do things they love to do.”

This shooting house, along with two others constructed by students in Colbert County, will be set up in Cherokee in the coming weeks.

The Colbert County Community Development Commission supplied the materials and the students supplied the labor.