ACROSS THE NATION Jack Northrup, co-founder of the One Arm Dove Hunt, talks to Tom Murphy of Saukville, Wisc. (below left), about some of the plans for the 42nd annual One Arm Dove Hunt. Murphy said more than a few tall tales were also told during the conversation. The OADH is planned for Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, and is set to draw upper extremity amputees from all around the country to Olney for a weekend of fun, entertainment and camaraderie. (Mindi Kimbro)
For the past 42 years, the One Arm Dove Hunt has been a source of inspiration and assistance to upper extremity amputees from all around the world, and the 2013 event will be no different, according to event co-founder Jack Northrup. The 42nd annual OADH will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, in Olney, and should draw quite a crowd.
"It is the state's most unusual event, and the only one of its kind in the world, until someone challenges," Northrup said with a smile.
Each year, men, women and children come from everywhere to experience the competition and fellowship afforded by the One Arm Dove Hunt Association in Olney, a town that has always welcomed every attendee warmly.
(Courtesy Ann Murphy)
One of the best parts of the event, according to Northrup, is seeing old friends and meeting new ones who are looking for some help and a place where they belong.
"We'll probably have a few new ones this year," Northrup said. "They can talk to other amputees - that's what it's all about. We can talk to each other about a better way of life and better ways to do things."
This year's events kick off with a one-armed golf tournament at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Olney Country Club. Registration will be held all day at the Civic Center, where attendees are invited to a lunch around noon. The annual trap shoot will be held at the metal building just west of town at 2 p.m., and a hamburger supper starts around 6 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the hamburger meal, with citizens asked to give a donation in exchange for a plate.
Northrup said there will be a few items offered up in a live auction, but he hopes the silent auction will be an even bigger draw on Friday night.
On Saturday, activities start with the "10 Cents a Finger" breakfast from 6-8 a.m. The horseshoe tournament and washer pitching contests begin at 8 a.m. Attendees can eat lunch at the Civic Center at noon, and a group photo will be taken at 2 p.m. before the hunters head out for the live dove hunt.
As for whether he thinks the actual hunt will be a success this year, Northrup said he is not really concerned.
"I don't worry about the doves," he said. "That's secondary, as long as we have a good time."
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