Same Shoot, Different Name

Published: Sep. 12, 2015 at 2:53 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2015 at 3:04 AM CDT
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The Olney One Arm Dove Hunt is no more, now the annual event goes under the name Olney Amputee Dove Hunt. It's a weekend full of the same events only with a slightly different label.

It all started nearly 43 years ago in 1972 when Jack Bishop and Jack Northrup, both missing one arm, decided Olney should host a one armed dove hunt to help fellow amputees.

Tom Murphy came all the way down from Saukville, Wisconsin to take part in what is now his 15th time to attend the event.

"It's like a big family reunion everybody is laughing and horsing around. The whole community is just behind everybody so much that in itself is amazing," said Murphy.

Lee Bowtin is another amputee who came from out of state to take part in the weekend's events. Today like many other amputees Bowtin was seen trap shooting and competing for most accurate shooter.

"It is just something that you know how I feel I know how you feel. I can forget about all my troubles at work forget about all my troubles any trouble I had I can be here and be freed," said Bowtin.

The events will continue into tomorrow at breakfast, horseshoe tournament, dove hunt and awards ceremony. The annual event has not just brought in out of states, but those from out of the country as well. People from countries like England and even Australia have taken part in the previous Olney Dove Hunts.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6