It’s taken Carl Hall more than 40 years to get around to hunting for deer.
The former Wichita State baseball stand-out from the 1990s spent some his most memorable days following bird dogs for quail and calling turkeys for family, friends and himself.
Adding a slight complication to this week of deer hunting is that Hall’s now confined to a wheelchair, following a car accident in 2010.
But a special bracket that attaches to his chair lets Hall aim a .270 with a joystick that’s activated by his chin. Sipping on a straw fires the specially rigged rifle.
Sunday’s hunt in Barber County was one of those memorable times when about everything went right except for a shot being fired as Hall and four others peaked through cracks in a blind of hay bales big enough to feed a big herd cattle for a month.
Bucks were seen, and a nice eight-pointer offered a slam-dunk opportunity while a bigger nine-pointer teased the hunters for a half-hour before simply walking off.
Stay tuned for updates, and probably a complete feature on Sunday’s outdoors page.