In an effort to honor our presenting sponsor Streamlight, BADF takes applications each year for the Streamlight Challenged Hunter of the Year Award. The recipient is recognized for his or her return from disability or illness, and what they have done to help improve the lives of others through hunting and the outdoors. The winner is selected by Streamlight’s president, Brad Penney.
Dave Townsend, a 58 year-old Hammond, Louisiana resident was the recipient of the 2008 award. Dave, who suffered a stroke at the age of 45, was initially concerned that he would have to give up his life in the outdoors after becoming paralyzed on his left side. “I was really starting to get down about it”, Dave told me as we shared coffee one morning. “Then I found out about BADF and what they were doing for disabled hunters. It was like someone turned the light back on! I knew that I could overcome whatever, to get back out there!”
Full of spirit and determination, Dave developed a ‘never say quit’ attitude. “Quit is a four letter word I have excluded from my vocabulary”, Dave chuckled. “Where there is a will there is a way! You have to know that when you are facing severe challenges in life. I can do everything I used to, I just have to do a lot of things differently now”.
After participating in BADF events Dave took it upon himself to do what he could to help others in his home state. He began to work with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to provide access to good hunting opportunities in the state. He formed his own BADF chapter and served as the president for several years, raising money and conducting events for people with challenges. Eventually Dave felt lead to start a statewide effort to aid children and adults who need help through a newly formed organization called Outdoorsmen Helping Others.
Part of Dave’s award was an all expense paid journey to 2009 Buckmasters Life Hunt Classic at Sedgefield Plantation in central Alabama. Dave took his best buck yet and hunted with Jackie Bushman and the folks from Streamlight. Congratulations Dave, you are a true inspiration to us all!
Submit Nominations for the 2010 Streamlight Award
If you know a person with disability deserving of the 2010 Streamlight Challenged Hunter of the Year Award, you are welcomed to nominate them for this year’s slate of candidates. Streamlight Challenged Hunters of the Year are selected based on a combination of they way they overcame their own obstacles in life, and what they have achieved afterward in helping others accomplish the same.
The winning candidate receives an invitation the annual Buckmasters Life Hunt Classic at Sedgefield Plantation in Alabama. All expenses related to the hunt will be covered, as well as taxidermy. The winner will hunt with Buckmasters’ own Jackie Bushman and ten other challenged hunters from across the country. The entire event will be filmed for a special Buckmasters show to be aired on the Outdoor Channel in 2011!
Submit your candidate by writing a descriptive letter of 1000 words or less and sending in a quality photograph of the nominee. Up to three different letters of nomination can be submitted, and are encouraged. Copies of newspaper clippings and other articles may be submitted, but no material will be returned. Include all of the contact information on yourself, and the nominee. Nominations should be mailed to: Streamlight Award, 10540 Daystar Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35405.