(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
"It brought joy to my heart to be able to help Mike fill Michael’s tag,"
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.