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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Getting old and maybe wiser…


It sucks when you realize that you cannot do what you used to do in the past. I have been in a chair for 20 years and it is starting to catch up with me. Now don't get me wrong I still do a lot, probably more than most do in my situation but I am beginning to slow down. I used to get in the chair every day for at least eight hours. And I did that for quite a few years. Especially through college and about 10 years afterwards. I would get in the chair around 10 AM, get to class around 11 AM, come home around 4 PM and stay up till at least 10 PM. Now if I am in the chair over six hours a day I am not going to be able to be in the chair the next day. Unless it is something very important. This last year I have rarely been in the chair in back-to-back days. It takes a lot more planning now, knowing when and where and how long I will be up in the chair. Now when I get in the chair it is for a purpose and not just to be up. The six surgeries over the last seven months probably haven't helped anything. But what can you do. Shit happens. All you can do is improvise, adapt and overcome… Speaking of that motto, hopefully getting some new padding/supports for my electric wheelchair in the next couple weeks. Hopefully this will alleviate some pain and let me get back to what I used to be able to do.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Paralyzed North Dakota Man Takes Mountain Lion


From left to right, Beau Wisness, Dusty Hausauer, Chase Wisness, Rusty Christophersen, Chaston Lee and Hailey Schaper pose with the mountain lion that Chase Wisness, who is paralyzed from the waist down, killed on Monday. It was the last mountain lion allowed to be hunted in western North Dakota this year. (Submitted Photo)


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The easiest and safest way to let down crossbow after a hunt


Usually I just shoot an arrow into the ground after my hunt to release the crossbow. But when the ground is frozen this is the only safe way to de-cock the bow. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Still at it

About three more weeks to go until the end of the North Dakota bow season and I still have not slayed  a whitetail. It isn't for lack of trying. I have been sitting in my stands 16 times so far. They just seem to be there when I ain't. But that is why they call it hunting and not killing. Here are some pics from my latest hunts. Plus a couple pictures from trail cameras. Good luck to all who are still hunting.






Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Slow hunting season so far

I haven't sat as many times this year as I usually do. My next hunt will be my 12th day in the field chasing Mr. Whitetail. It has been pretty slow compared to past years. I believe I have only seen three bucks, no shooters and I had another buck within ear range but he would not come in. I played with him for a while with my grunt tube but to no avail. We are right in the middle of the rut here in North Dakota so it should pick up. Hopefully you are having better luck than I. Aim small, miss small…


#mossyoakprostaff

Good stuff.

My happy place.

A view deer do not want to see.

Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Twist of Fate Banquet & Hunt

Another successful year for the  Twist of Fate hunters and guides. They were able to fill eight of the 12 tags on some pretty nice whitetails. No matter how many are killed it is always a success. Here is a link for some pictures from this year with all of the hunters/guides with their whitetails.
Twist of Fate pictures 2015

Here are some pictures that I took during their fundraiser/banquet/meal on Saturday night. The silent and live auctions did well as usual. It is a great time for everyone involved. And you cannot beat the setting in the beautiful sandhills of North Dakota.


Here is a picture of the big tent during meal and live auction.


Dave, one of the guides that has been there since the beginning in 1998 when I first met him and myself after the banquet. #mossyoakprostaff


Took a picture as we were leaving the camp. That right there says it all…

Friday, September 25, 2015

2015 Hunt #1

I got out hunting for the first time this year earlier this week. A little later than normal. Had some complications from a surgery that sidelined me for a bit. But it felt good to get out. Good luck this Fall everybody…


Going down the green mile to one of my hunting spots. #mossyoakprostaff


Not a bad view.



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Block Targets


Well I learned one thing yesterday while shooting Slick Trick broadheads at my new "Crossbow Block Target." It blows right through. Well almost all the way through. The broadhead just sticks out the other side. The "Crossbow Block" is rated for crossbows shooting up to 400 ft./s. My crossbow is shooting 365 ft./s. I imagine if I tried shooting my bullet points they would fly right through. I forgot to take picture while shooting. But here is an after shot. First pic is front side. Second picture you can see where broadhead went through.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crossbow Friendly States.


Here are a couple websites that explain the different laws and regulations in each state concerning the use of crossbows during hunting and non-hunting seasons. Remember when you read these sites they should never be considered to be the equivalent of legal advise. Laws and regulations concerning weapons change frequently in each state and this information could be inaccurate or outdated by the time it is published. Your best source of information is to contact the state in which you want to hunt to verify the crossbow regulations. These websites are for reference only. 




Saturday, August 15, 2015

Opportunities for the Disabled Outdoorsman.

North Dakota along with many other states have expanded the opportunities for the disabled to enjoy the outdoors, whether that be fishing, hunting or just getting out there. You do not have to look hard to find a place, events or opportunity, all you need to do is go to your state's game and fish page and there will be a page dedicated solely for this purpose. The following are opportunities in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

The North Dakota Game & Fish (NDGF) has a great page for all of this information. The NDGF has a track wheelchair that is available at no charge for use at department sponsored field events. The tracked wheelchair is also available for offsite use up to 72 hours.

NDGF also provides special permits for shooting out of stationary vehicles and shooting crossbows. For both of these permits there are applications that need to be filled out by your physician, you and the Game & Fish.

There are also many opportunities in North Dakota provided by the Game & Fish Department for the disabled to fish many different waters in North Dakota. On their website they have a map that shows all of the handicap accessible fishing facilities. These fishing facilities have accessible fishing piers and accessible restrooms.

The NDGF page also has links to nonprofit organizations in North Dakota that are catered towards people with disabilities. These nonprofit organizations include Injured Military Wildlife Project of North Dakota, Wounded Warriors Guide Service, Twist of Fate and Sporting Chance.

North Dakota Game & Fish:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a great page that has many outdoor opportunities for people with disabilities. The DNR accessible outdoor page has three categories starting with accessible "Places to go" including state forests, parks, trails and wildlife management areas. The second category are accessible "Things to do" including assessable state park trails, assessable camping, hunting and fishing. The third category is "What to know."

Here is a great page that shows all of the accessible campsites, lodging and trails in Minnesota state parks.

Here is a link to the special permits that are available in Minnesota for fishing, hunting and state park use.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Accessible Outdoors page:

The South Dakota Game Fish & Parks (SDGFP) has quite a bit of opportunities for disabled people with outdoor interests. On their ADA/Accessible page they have permits to use crossbows and permits to shoot out of stationary vehicles. The SDGFP has a Designated Shooter Permit. This permit allows a designated shooter to legally hunt or take game on a disabled person's behalf. They have reduced fees for disabled South Dakota residents who qualify. There are Game Production Areas and State Parks that are enhanced for accessibility.

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks ADA/Accessible page:

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department has quite a few permits and licenses available to disabled individuals. Wyoming is a crossbow friendly state so that is one less thing you have to worry about. Their   Game & Fish has a great link that explains everything that is available to residents and nonresidents. Here is the link: 
https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Permits/Forms-Applications/WGFD_DISABLEDPERMITS

Wyoming Game & Fish Disabled Forms and Applications page:

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have quite a few opportunities no matter what you want to do outdoors. If you are a disabled resident of Montana you receive a 50% discount on camping fees. If you are a Montana resident you can also apply for a Disability Conservation license. Another license for residents is a Lifetime Fishing License for the blind. Nonresident and resident have to apply for shooting out of a stationary vehicle permit and to modify archery equipment permit. This information can be found here:

Montana also has a Crossing the Barriers Implementation Plan that has worked to remove outdoor barriers for the disabled since 1989.

Many hunting opportunities exist in Montana for hunters with disabilities. For the most up-to-date lands that are available for hunting contact the Regional Fish, Wildlife & Parks office where you want to hunt and they will be happy to let you know what is available.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Outdoor Recreation Opportunities page:

I have been lucky enough to take part in some of these organizations, events and have used some of the permits. I have in my possession right now crossbow permits in North Dakota and Minnesota plus shooting from a stationary vehicle permit in Wyoming and North Dakota. These permits are there to make life easier. And they are easily obtained with the correct information. All I have to say is that the opportunities are great and hopefully if you or you know someone that might be interested, get involved or let them know.

By Clint Lindemann

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Helluva Hunt: An Antelope Hunt For Disabled Hunters.


Helluva Hunt is an annual antelope hunt that is designed for disabled hunters that is based out of Douglas Wyoming. I was lucky enough to take part in this hunt in 2013. It was a blast. Here is a story I wrote about the organization and the hunt for a website.

http://www.fishingbuddy.com/helluva-hunt-antelope-hunt-disabled-hunters-0

Here is a story I wrote about my own individual hunt that took place in 2013.

http://www.fishingbuddy.com/helluva_antelope_hunt



Friday, July 17, 2015

Bow season can't come soon enough…


Have never had him on camera before. In fact I have never seen him before. Giggity.


Here is a close-up. He has a lot of junk. Split G3. Hope to see him on the hoof.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Helluva Hunt video. Antelope hunt in Douglas,Wyoming for disabled hunters.

Here is a video that explains a little bit about the Helluva antelope hunt. I was lucky enough to be a hunter at this event in 2013. This video shows a little bit about how and why the organization is such a success and still going strong after 30 years.


If you are interested or know of anyone who would like to take part in this event I would highly recommend it. Follow this link for information to apply.
http://www.wildlifestudio.com/helluva-hunt/index.html

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I am a new member of the Mossy Oak ProStaff.


1000 members strong, the Mossy Oak ProStaff is a group of dedicated men and women who are passionate about the outdoors and obsessed with getting closer to critters. Members of the ProStaff share and promote the ideals of the Mossy Oak brand in all they do. There is not an outdoor event in America where a local Mossy Oak ProStaff member will not lend a helping hand. Whether it be a retail store promotion, a conservation group banquet, a deer or turkey classic, a kids event, whatever it may be, the Mossy Oak ProStaff are full-fledged ambassadors of the Great Outdoors and the Mossy Oak brand. They love to share their own insights and experiences.



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Set up trail cameras.


One of my favorite times of the year is the time for setting up trail cameras. It is like Christmas morning every time I go and retrieve a memory card. You never know what you are going to find. Of course I am looking for Mr. Big Whitetail but I enjoy any critter that gets captured on a card.

I have only used one brand of camera and that is Moultrie. I have a Moultrie M 80 and D 55, and have had good luck with them so I have had no need to change. I try to set them up sometime in June and hopefully don't take him down until January. I only take them down earlier if the snow gets too deep to retrieve the cards. With our cold temperatures battery life usually isn't very good. Especially when it consistently is below 0°F. But even with those temps, these cameras work great.


I might try some other brands in the future. What brands do you like?


Friday, May 29, 2015

Twist of Fate: More than a hunt…



Twist of Fate is an archery hunt based in North Dakota designed for disabled archers no matter what their disability. The four-day hunt takes place south of Leonard in the beautiful sandhills. The hunt is scheduled every year during the last full week of September for 12 hunters that come from all over the nation. This year's hunt is September 24-27. The Twist of Fate organization was formed in 1999 by a group of sportsmen who wanted to make archery more accessible for everyone who wants to participate.

Follow the link to continue the story:

http://www.fishingbuddy.com/articles/twist_of_fate_more_than_a_hunt

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

We are our own worst enemies.

Please take the time to read this article. He hits the nail on the head. Below is an excerpt, follow the link for the entirety:

"As hunters we face a brave new world each and every year as we ward off various threats to our lifestyle and the wildlife we love to pursue. Habitat loss due to urban sprawl and the ever increasing demands on our natural resources, environmentalists and anti-hunters lobbying against us at the local, regional and National level and the near viral expansion of technology and its effect on our youth and their interest in the natural world around them all pose a significant threat to the future of hunting.

Yet I would argue these threats are not our primary concern. No, it is the “cannibalism” within our own ranks that will be our ruin. The infighting between hunters around the world over topics such as “trophy” hunting, long range hunting, and high fence hunting to name a few and their ethical and conservation implications will be the demise of hunting and hunting opportunities if we do not take action on a personal level first. It is our personal responsibility to educate ourselves on the facts and science behind some of these contentious topics and apply reason and logic to the discussion before forming strong opinions. Emotions have no place at the table, and it is only emotions that will allow us to be divided and conquered."

Monday, May 4, 2015

Turkey call that works with no finger dexterity.

This Primos® Bombshell Push-Style Hen Turkey Call works great for people with no finger movement. I have no dexterity in my fingers and I can work this call with no problems. I attach the call with the velcro strap that comes with the call to my crossbow mount. Then I hook my fingers into the string that is attached on the other end of the turkey call and give it a tug to make sound. There are many different ways to attach this to your shotgun or crossbow. There are also a wide range of calls you can produce depending on how you pull or push on the call. It produces realistic yelps, cutts and purrs. Below is a picture of it mounted to my crossbow mount and a video showing how the call works.


Not a very good picture but you can see it is attached to my crossbow mount.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Hands-free, easy to use grunt call.


One of the most useful and easy-to-use products I have found that works is this grunt call. It is totally hands-free once it is hooked up. It is not only for disabled hunters but able-bodied hunters would also find it useful. I have it mounted on both of my crossbows so that the tube is within reach of my mouth. Another good thing about it is does not freeze. I have hunted in 0°F temperatures with no problems of it freezing up. I have had it hooked up to my clothing, which worked. But I really like it hooked up to my weapon of choice. It is designed to attach to your sleeve and the tube is long enough that it will reach your mouth. It attaches using a safety pin thingamajig. It is easily attached and unattached. There are four different sounds you can use fawn, doe, buck and dominant buck. The tube also has a flexible extender if you need to make a call louder. I have called in numerous deer with his call through the years. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pictures of rifle mount.


Here's a picture of the mount attached to my wheelchair. It is not attached like it is supposed to be because my electric wheelchair would not allow it. Had to do some modifications. Every wheelchair is different, so you will have to find what works for you. This rifle is my Remington .243 Model 7400.


This is another picture close-up. This is before I had the trigger that I use now. This was first time shooting rifle after my accident and first time using this rifle mount. This is just an old .22.




Saturday, March 14, 2015

My electric fishing reel, rod and mount.


 I believe this is where I bought the electric reel.
http://www.accesstr.com/Electric_Reels_for_Fresh_Light_Salt_Water_Fishing_s/1828.htm
The rod holder is homemade.

My first crossbow, a Barnett Wildcat.


The butt stock, trigger guard and the forearm have been taken off the crossbow to make it lighter. The trigger has been elongated. Just stuffed an old aluminum arrow onto the trigger. Put some plastic inside the arrow shaft and heated it on to the trigger. Also made a handle on where the butt stock went. In the picture right below my chin. This is how I aim up and down, left and right. The crossbow is mounted on a window scope mount. The scope mount is mounted onto a homemade frame that is attached to my wheelchair. The tube that you see is a hands-free grunt tube.

My new crossbow, a Carbon Express Intercept.

This is the crossbow I purchased in 2013. I chose this crossbow after a year of researching hundreds of crossbows. I chose this one because it is the most adaptable. It was modeled after an AR. Everything is removable and can be upgraded. I took off the butt stock, the forearm grip and the pistol grip. There was also a quiver that was taken off. This crossbow is a slick shooting machine. The scope that came with it is also top-notch. It shoots around 365 ft./s. Last summer I was shooting at 75 yards very easily. I believe there were four more crosshairs below in the reticle at the one I was shooting with at 75 yards. I think I can shoot to 100 yards easily. Only at 3-D targets or paper though. I am also impressed with the Maxima Blue Streak arrows by Carbon Express. Below is a link for further information.