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The "American Heroes" Program
The mission of the American Heroes program at Outdoors Without Limits is to provide a way for wounded and disabled U.S. Veterans, Veteran's families to transition from the military into civilian life. We understand the obstacles that they face and we strongly believe that assisting them with their transition through their love of the outdoors is beneficial. The goal of the American Heroes program at OWL is to keep all wounded/disabled Veterans active by taking them on hunting and fishing trips and other outdoor activities across North America. Veterans and veteran's families go through so much in protecting our freedoms, many giving the ultimate sacrifice and we feel it is our duty to show our gratitude for what they have done for our country.
OWL Conservation Program
Wildlife conservation is a practice in which hunters and land owners attempt to protect endangered plant and animal species, along with their habitats. The goal of wildlife conservation is to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy and to recognize the importance of wildlife and wilderness lands to us as a nation. Many nations have government agencies dedicated to wildlife conservation which help to implement policies designed to protect wildlife. In addition there are numerous independent nonprofit organizations that also promote various wildlife conservation causes. Outdoors Without Limits is such an organization.
In order to practice wildlife conservation, organizations use biology and other sciences to identify species which are over populated or at risk, and to study those populations to learn more about their needs. Wildlife conservation also relies heavily on education, using outreach programs to teach the public about wildlife and to show these individuals why conserving natural habitat is important.
Outdoors Without Limits understands the importance of conservation and strives to help land owners with their conservation efforts. Many land owners need help with harvesting an excessive number of does so their property has a better buck to doe ratio. Another property owner might need help in harvesting a cull buck. In all cases OWL participants are expected to adhere to the land owners request, requirements and needs. An abled body guide is paired up with a disabled hunter, and it is ultimately the guide's decision to make sure that the hunter harvests the correct deer from the property. Many land owners allow a disabled participant to harvest one or more bucks. It is Outdoor Without Limit’s belief and practice to allow only ONE buck (per hunter) to be harvested on a particular hunt, so as not to deprive other land owner guest from having the opportunity to harvest a buck.
Ultimately and most importantly, OWL promotes taking care of the land owner’s property. With our partnerships we strive to leave the property in better condition than when we arrived. Conservation is not an individual responsibility; It takes a group effort from all who are participating.
"Opportunity for All" Program
OWL understands the importance of community awareness and the necessity to include community involvement. This inclusivity approach carries over within this program. After a chapter has met their required goal of hosting Two (2) opportunity events, they are eligible to host an “Opportunityfor All” outreach event/events for kids or women within their community.
When we engage a disabled person in an experience that engages ability, their spirit changes. Outdoors Without Limits events change non-disabled participants, too. They begin to see that wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, scars, and white canes don't define who people are and what they can do. Local Chapters plan events for those disabled participants in their area. You can help by joining a chapter or sponsoring an event.
Recreational Events: By providing guided, safe, hands-on recreational experiences, our local chapters give friends, family, and entire communities a way to participate
OWL "Disabled Outdoorsman" Program
The OWL “Disabled Outdoorsmen” program allows Chapters the opportunity to host an assortment of outdoor related events. These events are designed to be totally inclusive in that they welcome participation regardless of a person’s age or disability. Chapter logistics dictate the type of the event as well as the quantity of participant’s.
Approximately 62 million people in the United States live with a disability. In 2001, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a national survey. Findings showed just over seven million disabled people participated in wildlife associated recreation.
As the U. S. population ages and lives longer, age-related disabilities will become more prevalent. Research shows we live longer, happier, healthier lives when we remain active and involved.
The "Kids Without Limits" Program
The Kids Without Limits program is built on the belief that, through the eyes and hearts of children, anything is possible. Our program is designed to not only teach our children what the wonderful world of the outdoors is all about, but to encourage them to be positive members of their communities by instilling the values, respect, understanding, and loyalty we hope for all our children to posses. Children who are enrolled in Camo Kids will enjoy year-round activities ranging from hunting and fishing to camping and hiking, all while enjoying the outdoors with other children and their families.
The "Senior Outdoorsmen" Program
Ask yourself this, who introduced you to the outdoors? Was it a parent, sibling, family member or friend? 90% of all outdoorsmen and women were introduced to hunting and fishing by a parent, most likely their father. How would you like to return the love of the outdoors back to those that provided the privilege to you ?
As time move's on, unforgettable outdoor memories and the excitement to participate fade's but never disappears. While age might bring on body aches, assorted ailments and possibly even a disability, the love of the outdoors stay's imbedded within senior outdoorsman all across the US.
Outdoors Without Limits “OWL” realizes that many of our senior outdoorsman are un-able to participate in outdoor related activities due to the lack of available opportunities.