Disabled Hunter & Pathfinder Award
The Disabled Hunter Program was designed to foster and promote opportunities for disabled hunters to experience the hunting tradition and heritage, and to recognize the individualˊs perseverance in hunting activities.
Disabled hunters and shooters across the country are benefiting from the generous gifts of time, goods, and services provided by SCI members. In an effort to make outdoor sports available and accessible to individuals with disabilities, SCI members and entire SCI Chapters work hard to support projects for these sportsmen and women. Since 2005, SCI Chapters have provided 1,009 disabled hunters with hunting opportunities during numerous chapter events for disabled hunters of all ages, including veterans and youth.
Through a network of SCI chapters around the world, members have created partnerships with both public and private organizations, as well as with generous individuals, who support the Disabled Hunter program, always hoping to improve the quality of life for hunters and shooters with disabilities. Need to find a handicap accessible facility?
When an individual is faced with overcoming a physical challenge or disability that is capable of blocking the "routine" way forward through life, (including hunting and shooting), he or she must discover previously unexplored regions of self-esteem, self-worth, courage, persistence, and determination. Through trial and error, success and failure, the pathfinder, with a "never quit" attitude, works hard to discover his or her own way through life. According to Webster's Dictionary, a pathfinder is "one who discovers a way into or through unexplored regions."
Annually, the world's most accomplished hunters recognize this individual as an ambassador for other "pathfinders" seeking leadership and promise when faced with similar challenges. There is no common path; each individual's journey is unique and sacred. 2013 Pathfinder Award Application (PDF)
2012: Doug Bermel
At the age of 27, Doug was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodytrophy (ALD). As the disease progressed, Doug switched to using a crossbow and adapted his hunting style to accommodate the disability. Read more...
2012: Bradley Garfield
Brad graduated from high school and reported to the Marine Corps four days later. His years of service included combat operations in Grenada, Beirut, Somalia, and Iraq. In May 2005, Brad was med-evaced from Iraq when an IED he was attempting to neutralize detonated. Read more...
|Chris Clasby||Chad Waligura||Gregory A. Stube|
|Eric Edmundson||Rick T. Ramsey||Edward Mays|
|Camrom Tribolet||Stanley S. McGowen||Mike Schmitz|
|Louis J. Riccardi||Ronald (Paul) McDowell||Brad Skramstad|
For additional information about the Pathfinder Award, contact: Humanitarian Services Department (520) 620-1220