The all-terrain fishing and hunting wheelchair

Cast your line or take your shot with GRIT, the fishing and hunting wheelchair designed at MIT

Hunting in the GRIT Freedom Chair

Many of the folks we talk to have one goal in mind: To regain or maintain their independence. For some, this means exercise or a stroll with their children. For others, it means finding a fishing or hunting wheelchair that can handle the banks and the trails. Of course, planning a successful trip takes some consideration: Locations and logistics can be tricky—we designed the Freedom Chair with these factors in mind. Spend less time planning and more time outside where you want to be.

Riders around the country use the GRIT Freedom Chair as their primary fishing and hunting wheelchair. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • The levers make the chair easier to push, so you can navigate wooded trails, get to the deer blind, or traverse sandy beaches to reach your favorite fishing spot. You can even roll the whole chair right into the water and fish from there!

  • The rugged, three-wheeled frame provides a safe and secure firing position for sport shooting, bird hunting, casting, and more.

  • The chair disassembles and fits in the trunk of a small car, making it easier than ever before to get to the trailhead!

 

Fishing with the GRIT Freedom Chair

Mark shares his experience around his very first fishing trip with the GRIT Freedom Chair:

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I'm happy to report that fishing in the GRIT Freedom Chair was a success! I was able to both fish from the riverbank and do some fly fishing while in the river. I was more concerned about the latter since [it requires you] to be in the water to be able to cast. Even though the water level is high this year on the Au Sable River in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, we went to a canoe landing, where it was relatively shallow and the current was lighter.

Unfortunately, most canoe landings have a log border with a 1-2 foot drop into the river, but luckily we were able to go around the log barrier and down a grass slope to get into the water. I needed help for this part—not sure if I would have made it on my own—so my dad and brother helped get down and up the river bank.

Once I was in the water, however, it was surprisingly easy to move around. The bottom of the river is a mix of small rocks and sand, which the GRIT Freedom Chair handled nicely. I was able to get out about halfway across the river (max depth of about 1.5 feet) and make it back to shore. Casting wasn't an issue since the chair was stable and I was able to use the handles for balance when needed. It was great to be out in the river again, and I'm sure with a little more planning (and the right bait), I will be more successful next time.

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Hunting with the GRIT Freedom Chair

Ty shares a bit about his relationship with hunting:

My name is Ty Hockett. In 2009, I was in a car accident and I sustained a spinal cord injury leaving me as a C-5 quadriplegic. However, that hasn’t deterred me from continuing to spend every day outdoors. I grew up in Kansas, so my life has always revolved around hunting. Since I was a kid, you could always find me filming or hunting with my dogs and to this day, that still holds true. My wife, Cort, and I hunt nearly every day during the season and in the offseason, you can find us working dogs or hiking. Every day is an adventure. Sometimes you just have to look harder than others to find it.

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