Neymar Marango, a young 15 year old boy from Panama has the right to feel sorry for himself. Born with a defect in his right leg that eventually required that the leg be amputated, Neymar wasn’t feeling sorry for himself last weekend. He was hopping around on his left leg and shouting for joy in his native tongue when he stood over the fallen doe he had shot. Neymar was hunting as a guest of the Dream Hunt Foundation with details of the hunt provided by his guide, Hunter Brown.
“Neymar and his father are here from Panama staying at Shriner’s Hospital where he awaits to get fitted for a prosthesis,” said Brown. “Dream Hunt Foundation has a special arrangement with Shriner’s where we are introduced to kids in that facility who show an interest in the outdoors. In fact, we took Neymar fishing a few weeks ago and in the process learned he had an interest in hunting as well. That’s what sealed the deal for us to put him in a deer stand with us last weekend.”
Nemar was settled in his stand with a group including Brown who served as camera operator, guide Micah Arbuckle, and Kenny Gallion, a native of Colombia who served as translator since Nemar speaks no English.
“The day before, we took him out to where we would be hunting in Red River Parish, taught him firearm safety and gave him the chance to shoot. He was ready for the hunt the next morning,” said Brown.
Settling into the stand before daylight, the hunting party begin seeing several deer moving out onto the food plot. Nemar settled the crosshairs on a big doe, hit the trigger and watched as the deer took off.
“We knew his shot was true and that he had hit the deer, which didn’t run far but ran into a thick area. Nemar joined us on his crutches as we followed the blood trail to where the deer had fallen. It was an emotional experience to see this young boy jumping around on crutches, grinning and yelling in his own language. It’s an experience I’m so thankful I was there to
witness,” said Brown.
Dream Hunt Foundation is a Louisiana-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help kids with special needs or the underprivileged to fulfill dreams of getting to experience a hunt of a lifetime. Founded in 2013, the Foundation’s reason for being has to do with the belief that kids between the ages of 8 and 18 whose lives have been otherwise focused on their disability, illness
or limited resources, could have the opportunity to love the outdoors in an organized hunting or fishing experience. The organization is partnered with Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport and it is that partnership that resulting in Nemar having an experience he won’t soon forget.
“I am a bow hunter myself and it’s something I dearly love,” said Brown who has already taken a 12 point buck with his bow this season. “However as much enjoyment as I get from getting to deer hunt with my bow, getting to share this experience through Dream Hunt Foundation with youngsters with special needs is more rewarding to me than when I’m settling
the sight pin of my bow on a good buck.”
For more information about this worthwhile organization, log on to www.dreamhunt.tv.com.
CANEY LAKE – Bass have been schooling and when they’re up top, some can be caught on shad imitation lures. Some are being caught on the deeper points on crank baits and soft plastics. Crappie continue to be fair with best catches made around the deeper tops on shiners or jigs. Bream are slow to fair on worms and crickets. No report on catfish. For information contact
Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323- 8707.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass are best in the mouth of run outs on shad imitations and in river lakes around stumps on jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are around the deep tops in the river and in river lakes on jigs 15-20 feet deep in 25 foot water. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass have been fair fishing soft plastics and crank baits around the boat docks early and late. Some are also being caught in deep holes in the channel. Crappie fishing has been best fishing the deep holes out on the flats fishing shiners or jigs 10-15 feet deep in 18-20 foot deep water. Bream fishing has slowed while catfish are still biting cold worms fished off
the banks.. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing is slow to fair on crickets and worms. Stripers have been schooling and hitting topwater lures with white bucktails taking some beneath the surface. Bass fishing has been best fishing topwaters in the shallows or at night fishing around the lights with plastic worms. Crappie fishing is best fishing 10 feet deep in 14-17 foot water on shiners. Catfish
are fair on blood bait. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass have been fair around the grass and trees on crank baits and Rat-L- Traps. Crappie are scattered and fair; bream fishing is fair on worms and crickets. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream fishing has been fair on crickets and worms. Bass are fair on spinners, jigs and soft plastics. Crappie are scattered and slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been good with mostly smaller fish being caught with the exception of a 30 pounder brought in. Crappie are fair with best catches for some real slabs early mornings around the boat slips. No report on bream or bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The lake is being lowered and fishing is slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is on a slow rise and fishing is quite good. Lots of big crappie are being caught along with some good catches of bass. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.
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