Turkey Hunt Boosts Spirits of Disabled Kids and Vets

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

Kai France is a 13-year old with a passion for turkey hunting. But due to a disability, he can't hunt on his own. That's where his mentor Brad Trelka comes into the picture.

France and Trelka are only one of 24 teams in the 5th Annual Junction City Turkey Hunt put on by the United Special Sportsman Alliance, or USSA. USSA specializes in sending critically ill and disabled children and veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams. The best part is families don't pay a dime. The operation is completely funded by donations.

"Now they have the opportunity to do it. No matter what limitations that they have, we can accommodate almost anything," Trelka told NewsChannel 7.

For France, that dream was to shoot a turkey. A wish that came true on Saturday.

"I was kind of excited," France said smiling.

"His heart was pumping a mile a minute when we were out there getting that turkey," Trelka added.

Eight other hunters also got lucky, bringing in turkeys of their own. But for France, this is a day he'll never forget.

This was France's second year at the Turkey Hunt. Last year he attended the USSA's "Learn To Hunt" program. This year, he and his sister came back as youth hunters.


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