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Successful First Hunt for Blind Teen

A first turkey hunt proved successful for a courageous teen who, against all odds, refused to give up on his hunting dreams.


When a brain tumor took away Charlie Wilks’ sight at age six, no one predicted that hunting would—or could—play a big role in his life.  But eight years later, against all odds, he has proved everyone wrong.

This courageous 14-year-old took a trophy bird on his very first turkey hunt Saturday in Missouri.

And he did so with lots of support. In Wilks’ blind was president of the National Youth Hunting Association, Jack Young, as well as, world-champion turkey caller, Chris Parrish. With their gentle guidance and with a steady hand, it wasn’t long before Wilks’ had a beautiful 24-pound gobbler in his hands.

Though tragedy struck early in life, Wilks’ parents insist that their son has refused to give up, and he is determined to live life the fullest.

“Even though I’m blind, I don’t let it hold me back,” Wilks told the Kansas City Star. “I don’t look at myself as any different than anyone else. Sometimes, I need some help. But I can do a lot of things that people wouldn’t think I can.”

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