Adaptive equipment allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors

Adaptive equipment gives those with medical or physical challenges the opportunity to continue hunting and shooting sports.

Adaptive equipment gives those with medical or physical challenges the opportunity to continue hunting and shooting sports.

— Hunting and enjoying the shooting sports is something many of us take for granted. For some, though, its a challenge that is insurmountable without a little help from friends or adaptive equipment.

To continue its education of the public and outdoor organizations and groups, the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resource and Environment and its Accessibility Advisory Council invites the public to two demo days to showcase advances in adaptive equipment.

Session one will take place at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Wednesday, Sept. 15, followed by session two at Michigan State University’s Demmer Center on Thursday, Oct. 21.

The AAC says that the goal of the demo day is to provide the public, state and local recreation departments, law enforcement, legislators and other guests opportunities to experience first-hand the latest advances in adaptive equipment. Key will be the many manufacturers and leaders in their respective fields, who will have the latest equipment on-hand for participants to look at and test. Both sessions will take place, rain or shine.

During the Grand Rapids session, a fishing derby will help highlight the day at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe NE in Grand Rapids. The demo day runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will focus on waterrelated recreation, motility devices for use on dry land and water, and hunting equipment for display only. There will be no live shooting. Details or to sponsor the demo day, call Vicki Brown at 517-373-1234 or e-mail

The MSU session takes place at 3365 E. Jolly Rd. in Lansing, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and also will focus on all areas of recreation and accessibility equipment. To register or sponsor this session, call Vicki Brown at 517- 373-1234 or e-mail brownv@michigan.

Vendor registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 7, and all vendors are required to pay the $35 vendor fee to the Demmer Center and complete the Demmer Center vendor application.

Types of adaptive equipment on display could include:

• Mobility assistive devices • Biking

• Shooting technology

• Crossbows, modified bows and compound bows All bows must comply with DNRE regulations.

• Adaptive fishing equipment • Kayaking and canoeing • Accessible hunting blinds • Skiing – water and snow

• RV and pop-ups

The DNRE has long promoted access to the outdoors for all citizens. Details:

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