Video: Quadriplegic Hunter Kills Big Bull Elk in Mountains of New Mexico

Lynette Jones, who is paralyzed from the chest down, pursues big bull elk in the famed Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

Video: Quadriplegic Hunter Kills Big Bull Elk in Mountains of New Mexico

Chad Waligura, co-host of Able Outdoors, describes unit 16D in the Gila National Forest as “the promised land” for Rocky Mountain elk. He’s correct. A quick check online revealed that during the past handful of years nonresidents have about .5 percent chance (1 in 200) of drawing a rifle tag for bull elk in this unit.

In the YouTube video below, which is titled “Lynette’s Moment in New Mexico,” you’ll meet Lynette Jones. She’s a mom and a wife, and also a quad (quadriplegic) hunter who is paralyzed from the chest down due to an automobile accident many years ago.

Lynette is fortunate to draw a bull elk tag for New Mexico’s unit 16D, and in this 15-minute video you’ll see how a team of supporters help in her pursuit during a mobility impaired season. It’s no slam dunk. Jerry Corliss and Brett Hooper of Corliss Outfitting work hard to put her in position for a killing shot.

A few comments about the gear used on this inspiring adventure: An Outrider Coyote 4WD compact electric ATV serves as Lynette’s backcountry wheel chair. It’s a spectacular system that allows her to travel through areas that would otherwise be impossible to see in her standard wheel chair. She’s shooting a .300 Win. Mag. Savage 110 High Country bolt-action matched with a SilencerCo Harvester 300 suppressor, Rudolph Optics scope, and Remington Ammo. The guides help Lynette get settled behind a BOG DeathGrip Aluminum Tripod, which supports her rifle. As you’ll see, however, even the finest gear doesn’t guarantee a killing shot.

This hunt is a rollercoaster of emotional lows and highs. Congrats to Lynette and the entire team of her helpers for not giving up. Enjoy the video, and remember her advice, “You have to make each day a moment.”


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