By Buckmasters Online
-- Hunters woke to cold, rainy conditions on the final day of the 2008 Buckmasters Classic Life Hunt held at Sedgefields Plantation. While the bone-chilling cold was unwelcome, the smiles on the faces of the participants didn't show it.
Photo: Joe Dunning of Monroeville, Ala., received the 2008 Streamlight Challenged Hunter of the Year Award at the Buckmasters Classic Life Hunt held at Sedgefields Plantation in Dallas County, Ala.
Brian McSorley from Tuscaloosa, Ala., was one of the hunters who sat through the rain and realized his dream of taking a central Alabama buck.
"When the buck walked out, I forgot that there was a cameraman filming the hunt," McSorley said. "I wasn't nervous at all and just thought about making a good shot."
McSorley, a freshman at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, had his trip sponsored by the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Office Association. While his battle with lymphoma cancer is in remission he is still following a treatment program.
Photo: Brian McSorley of Tuscaloosa, Ala., harvested his first buck during the 2008 Buckmasters Classic Life Hunt at Sedgefields Plantation in Dallas County, Ala. McSorley is attending Sheldon State Community College in Tuscaloosa and has plans to pursue an engineering degree at the University of Alabama.
"The Life Hunt is one of the things we live for," said Jimmy Hinton, Sedgefields Plantation owner. "It's a real privilege for us to be part of this."
Joe Dunning of Monroeville, Ala., received the 2008 Streamlight Challenged Hunter of the Year Award. Dunning has hosted disabled hunters at his hunting club for the past seven years.
"This is a fun thing for us to come down here and be part of," said Brad Penny, Streamlight president. "Four years ago, we knew we needed to recognize one of the hunters at the Life Hunt. Joe certainly deserves the honor."
Streamlight is the lead sponsor of the Life Hunt.
Photo: Richard Millender Jr., of Bristol, Fla., harvested his first buck during the 2008 Buckmasters Classic Life Hunt at Sedgefields Plantation in Dallas County, Ala.
"In 1988, we aired our first show about disabled hunters," said Jackie Bushman, Buckmasters founder and CEO. "It was the highest rated show we'd ever had. Since that first show, we've been producing this event for almost 20 years.
"For hunters who think they couldn't get into the woods, let me say that we have not met a hunter with a disability we cannot get into the woods."
A total of 16 deer were harvested during the 3-day hunt.