Justin Ristine is a fifth grader at Sunnycrest Elementary School and has always wanted to go deer hunting and shoot a buck. Ristine was able to make his dream come true last month with the help of Youth Outdoors Unlimited or Y.O.U.
Y.O.U. is a Central Washington based 501(c)3 non profit corporation organized to take youth who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness or physical disability and who have a Dream Wish to hunt or fish on their own outdoors adventure.
Ristine, who is missing one of his arms, has been working all year to pass his Hunter’s Education course so he would be able to participate in this big adventure. He has also been honing his skills in rifle shooting to ensure that when the shot came he was able to hit his mark.
“He was awesome. Justin has worked hard all year passing hunters education and working on his rifle skills in order for him to be safe and accurate and to become a lifelong lover of the outdoors,” Cindy Carpenter, Founder and President of Youth Outdoors Unlimited said.
The directors of Y.O.U. are avid outdoors lovers and want youth with extraordinary medical conditions to also enjoy hunting and fishing and if there is a disability or illness to show that with a little modification you can do anything you want.
They completely fund the entire trip through donations so that these families do not incur any expenses related to their trip.
“Our hope is that all youth accepted into our program are able to have a great experience even if they don’t get to harvest an animal but learn the skills needed to become lifelong hunters and anglers and lifetime memories for these youth and their family,” Carpenter said.
To find out more about Y.O.U. visit http://www.youthoutdoorsu.org or call 509-431-1604.