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44-year-old Wyoming man with cerebral palsy takes first deer in 20 years, with help of Story landowner and Tongue River Outfitters

44-year-old Wyoming man with cerebral palsy takes first deer in 20 years, with help of Story landowner and Tongue River Outfitters

(Story, Wyo.) — Tongue River Outfitters owner Mike Dupuis and Michael R. Cohen of Kaycee took a deer near Story Saturday — Cohen's first in 20 years. Michael Cohen, 44, has cerebral palsy. He and Dupuis hunted on Story resident John Matejov's property. "Mike tells me that Michael hasn’t been able to take a deer in over 20 years," Matejov said, sharing this photo with Dally. "If you look at his face in this picture, you can see the joy he is expressing as he touches his deer’s antlers." Dupuis has been actively involved in supporting hunters who may not be able to go on traditional hunts for the last two years. "Our goal is to make hunting affordable and capable for everyone," TRO's website reads. "After tragedy struck our family and left one of our guides in a wheel chair, we decided that we would do what we could to make sure everyone can hunt. "Finding a place to hunt when disabled is not the easiest. Even harder is finding a guide that understand your situation and needs." Mike Dupuis "has connected into the handicapped community through his own personal experience with his son, and actively seeks willing participants who are able to offer a hunting adventure to those who can no longer walk through the deer/elk habitat," Matejov said. Dupuis' big hurdle, though, is that "finding property with owners willing to donate this experience" can be a challenge. Matejov said that his property worked perfectly for Cohen, who has a specialized wheel-chair mounted rifle and was able to hunt from Matejov's back porch. "It brought joy to my heart to be able to help Mike fill Michael’s tag," Matejov said. Property owners willing to allow hunts on their land can contact Mike Dupuis of Tongue River Outfitters at (307)-751-6771 or Dupuisbuild@aol.com. #shortgo