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Due to a motorcycle accident in 2005 most of my dreams for the future came to a screeching halt. Waking up, after 17 days in ICU, I found myself paralyzed from the shoulders, down. Pre-accident, I was an avid, if not, rabid, outdoorsman!! I loved the solitude of being in a tree-stand or stalking through the woods, looking for deer and squirrels. That is all gone now. Well, almost. Through the grace of God, the support from a one-of-a-kind, wife and after 7 years of hard, painful re-hab, I managed to make a very, limited, recovery. I can walk for very short distances on flat, smooth surfaces. I can move my arms and legs but my right ankle/foot and my right hand are totally, paralyzed. My left hand is of some use but very weak. I do deer hunt using a rotating stool that has a rifle support on it. My trouble starts when it comes to getting to and from my stand. My wife, for now, hauls me back to it on a 4-wheeler. This is VERY dangerous though. I have very little core strength and my grip and arm strength is limited as well. Making a 4-wheeler ride an adventure, to say the least. Almost every time, coming and going, we have to stop so I can be pushed back on or risk falling off. I have had several close calls and it's just a matter of time before I DO fall off. I have been wanting one of those all-terrain, battery operated wheel-chairs so I could take myself back there and with the right camo adaptations even hunt from the chair. But, good grief!! Are they exspensive!! And now, I'm starting to find reviews about them that mostly say that due to a lack in battery technology, they are NOT a very good buy, as the batteries lose power VERY quickly. Could someone, PLEASE, help? Has anyone had experiences with what I'm talking about? I'm particularly referring to the Viking 4x4, the ActionTrackChair and the Terrain Hopper. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Wish I could help, but know nothing about them. I did have a disabled hunter come here once, he complained about the battery in his chair but said it could get him a lot of places you would not expect it to go. He did not use it here. Sure Norm sauceman would know more about those you mentioned.

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Thanks to all. @Zizzer59 A back-rest would, definitely, be an improvement but I would still have the problems of getting on and off the 4-wheeler, which can be an adventure unto iself. I DO tend to fall backwards at times but mostly I want to fall off the crazy thing from the side! Not sure how useful a back-rest would be. Plus there's the fact that my wife would STILL have to get up, get dressed and take me. I would love the freedom of coming and going whenever it suited me. Not to mention the solitude, I long for, that comes from squirrel hunting or just trekking through the woods, alone.

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check this out..there are organizations out there that will help..a little searching on the internet.

http://www.independencefund.org/#!track-chairs/c1qsz

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2510719114001/how-track-chairs-are-helping-wounded-warriors/

also check in with Buckmasters, they relentlessly hound everybody to join them and want our money all the time..perhaps you can get them to give some back to a needy fellow

Edited by Mathews XT Man

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