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Young hunter overcomes odds, bags buck


Lindsay Muench isn't your average hunter. Although she wears blaze orange, and has her own gun, the fifteen year old is bound to a wheelchair.

"This chair isn't 4-wheel drive so it makes it a little difficult," Lindsay says.

Lindsay suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. It's a disease that weakens her muscles.

"Right now she has the strength of a 6 month old," Lindsay's Dad, Steve said.

But, she hasn't let her disability stop her from participating in the sport she loves.

This weekend Lindsay took part in the Disabled Deer Hunt. The program allows people with disabilities to hunt on private property. And, she did pretty well.

"It wandered away and then we lost sight of it so we were like, oh boy, what happened," Lindsay explained. "But it was cool when I saw I got it."

Lindsay has been hunting for three years. But, she admits it hasn't been easy.

"My parents thought I was crazy because they thought it be hard, but we made it work," she explained.

And her Dad agreed, "we wanted to give her every opportunity that was out there."

So, the family did their research and found a wheelchair adaptive hunting rifle.

"I have a joy stick and two buttons and it is connected to my wheelchair and runs through the battery," Lindsay explains as she shows exactly how it's done.

Now, hunting is an annual tradition.

"A family that hunts together, stays together," Steve said.

And as Lindsay looks forward to next season, and her next big buck, her family will be there by her side supporting one another and continuing to beat the odds.

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