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2015 Turkey Hunting Videos

On Good Friday, my wife, one of my good buddies, and I went Turkey hunting. Hunting is something that I did not do before my accident, but thanks to my good buddy Kurt, it has become one of the few sports that I can participate in. I still have to have someone drag me out of bed early, drive me to the farm, and help me get positioned inside the hunting blind, but with the adaptive equipment Kurt and some of his friends purchased I can aim and fire the gun.

If you have a few minutes, watch the video below. If you know someone who is disabled, but would like to go hunting, I know of some people in Parsons who have equipment available to loan out. They don’t charge a dime. I also know of a wonderful ministry called, Peterson Outdoor Ministries, just across the border of Kansas near Joplin.

2015 Turkey Hunt & Speaking Engagements

On Good Friday, my wife, one of my good buddies, and I went Turkey hunting. Hunting is something that I did not do before my accident, but thanks to my good buddy Kurt, it has become one of the few sports that I can participate in. I still have to have someone drag me out of bed early, drive me to the farm, and help me get positioned inside the hunting blind, but with the adaptive equipment Kurt and some of his friends purchased I can aim and fire the gun.

If you have a few minutes, visit my website and click the link to the right that says, “2015 Turkey Hunting Videos” to watch the video. If you know someone who is disabled, but would like to go hunting, I know of some people in Parsons who have equipment available to loan out. They don’t charge a dime. I also know of a wonderful ministry called, Peterson Outdoor Ministries, just across the border of Kansas near Joplin.

On another note, next weekend (April 24-26) my wife and I will be traveling to Cimmaron, Kansas. I will be speaking at the high school on Friday, the library on Saturday, and the First United Methodist Church on Sunday morning. If you happen to know of anyone in the area, please let them know.

I have a couple other speaking engagements lined up for the summer, but I do have room for a couple more if anyone is interested.

Sunday, June 14: Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons, Kansas (both Sunday morning services)
Sunday, July 12: Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida (Saturday night service, plus all three Sunday morning services)

As we look forward to these opportunities to share what God has done for us, my wife and I would appreciate your prayers and support. Thank you and God bless!

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Kansas Health Institute Article

Making use of technological advances

Sept. 2013

At 19, Kevin Olson of Chanute was an All-State basketball player who lived an active life. On July 15, 1991, Olson dove off a dock into a lake he’d long swam in. This time he hit something underwater, paralyzing him from the neck down.

Now, 22 years later, technology is enabling Olson to work and play in ways he couldn’t imagine soon after the accident. (View a photo of Kevin shortly before the accident.)

kevin-olson-learning-to-live-with-it_t600At the expo, he demonstrated a rig for his wheelchair that allows him to hunt with his friends. By operating a joystick with his chin, he can aim a gun or crossbow using a scope outfitted with a mini-LCD screen. Then, by sucking on a tube, he can fire. So far, he’s shot three deer and a turkey.

“Before, I was always just a spectator off on the side. Now I’m participating in a sport for the first time since high school,” Olson said.

Assistive technology also allows Olson to work. He uses voice-activated software and a device that allows him to type to design websites from home.

Just last week, Olson published an autobiography, “Learning to Live With It.” As he writes, “my 3-year-old brother’s response to a bird pooping on my shoulder challenged me to not only accept my paralysis, but really learn to ‘live with it.'”

Olson also travels around the state as a motivational speaker.

“If it wasn’t for equipment and technology, people out there who are trying to figure out ways that we can do things, our quality of life would be way different,” Olson said. “Some of the things just allow us to have fun, and some of them allow us to be gainfully employed. These things open windows, and that gives a person a sense of self worth.”

View entire article

Deer Season 2012

Kevin Olson shot his first buck with a crossbow at Paradise Adventures in Altoona, Kansas. At the first of the video it is rifle season and 3 really nice bucks walk by, but they were too far to our right to get a decent shot. Towards the end of the video a 195 pound, 8 pointer walks out and gives us the perfect shot. The arrow pierced through both lungs and the buck runs down a hill into an adjacent field before collapsing. Thanks Steve for your help and thanks again Kurt for a fun hunt, you are the man.