Fred Bar­ber rec­og­nized for in­creas­ing hand­i­cap ac­cess for duck hunters

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

Fred Bar­ber of Payson has re­ceived spe­cial recog­ni­tion from the Chair­bound Sports­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion for his work as Project Man­ager on a grant from Ca­bela’s for im­prov­ing ac­cess for hand­i­capped duck hunters.

The grant was for $3,700 and a vol­un­teer donated $100 to fin­ish the work. Two large blinds were built to ac­com­mo­date two wheel­chairs each at one time, plus seat­ing for vol­un­teers and room for sup­plies. Four propane heaters were pur­chased. Some­times the heaters are not enough for our par­a­lyzed sports­man and two, over­sized, elec­tric coats large enough to fit over the ex­ist­ing cloths al­low­ing more time in the hunt­ing blind. These im­prove­ments were made at the Long Neck­ers Duck Club in Fayette, Utah. De­coy ducks and clay pid­gins were also pur­chased with the Ca­bela grant funds. Fred Bar­ber spent count­less hours of vol­un­teer time to make the hand­i­cap ac­cess im­prove­ments de­scribed here.

As a re­sult of these im­prove­ments in late 2017, a to­tal of 24 Chair­bound hunters were able to par­tic­i­pate in one-day duck hunts. That is an in­crease from 9 in 2016. The Chair­bound Sports­man Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s motto is Mak­ing the Out­doors Pos­si­ble for the phys­i­cally hand­i­capped. If you would like to make a do­na­tion for the great work that they do they are a 501(c)(3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion for your tax-de­ductible do­na­tion. Their an­nual ban­quet is sched­uled for the Provo Mar­riott Ho­tel, April 7. Call Ken­neth Vaughn at (801) 499-9770.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Fred Bar­ber

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