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October 25, 2011

11-Year-Old Born With One Arm Tags First Buck

By Chad Love

An 11-year-old Washington state boy who was born with only one arm refused to let that stop him from bagging his first deer.

From this story on heraldnet.com:
Justin Ristine, 11, might be the best one-armed hunter around. If ability is judged by percentage of shots fired compared to deer taken, he's as good a hunter as there is, one arm or two. On his first hunting trip earlier this month, he fired one shot and bagged one deer. The buck died instantly. The Marysville boy was born with only one arm, his left.

He fired the shot from a rifle set on a tripod. Justin went on his hunting trip near Colfax in Eastern Washington Oct. 16 courtesy of Youth Outdoors Unlimited , a Moses Lake-based organization. The fledgling non-profit group's mission is to help children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses, who have an interest in outdoor sports, go on a hunting or fishing trip. The rest of the story is a great read, and inspiring. Congratulations, Justin.

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from Yvonne Pegoraro wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Way to go little one. Nice buck

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from shadillac wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Congrats Justin! We should all help out more with excellent programs like Youth Outdoors Unlimited.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great story. We all need to be more thankful every day and every time we enter the woods. I would say that this is truly a trophy of a lifetime for that young man, but by judging from the smile on his face I feel sure his hunting days are long from over.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Yes, Congrats!

I can only imagine how much that experience might boost someone's confidence.

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from Tim Koth wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Congrats Justin....nice one! I am sure this will be the first of many for you!

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from jbird wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Way to go! That's awesome!

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Tell this kid he's got a disability, you'll never make him believe it.
I'm very proud for him!!!

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from Jesse Minckler wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great job young man!

I am so proud to see young men and women being introduced to the great outdoors. Disability or not, this young man sets a standard for all stewards of natures priviledges.

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

THAT is a true trophy.

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from FOX wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Nice deer man, i hope you many more keep hunting.

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from Big Country wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Congrats to this young man. I was just talking to my wife the other day and telling her we needed a program like this around this neck of the woods.... well more like a desert right now. These are great programs and I would love to see more of them.

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from Todd Boudreau wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I don't know what is bigger, the deer or the smile on his face. Way to go Justin!

My 10 year old boy hunts too. they are the future of our sport. Well done Justin!

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from pittrehab wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great job, what a trophy

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

The Best of the Best.

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

When hunting attracts sportsmen like Justin the outdoors community wins and knowing there are more youngsters out there waiting for their opportunity to smile like that is the reason to find them and get them in the field.
The Ristine's have raised a fine young man any parents could be proud of and I am sure Justin will be finding his way back to these pages to show us more of his skills & will. Congratulations Justin ! Mr. & Mrs. Ristine & Y.O.U., the hunting community thanks you.

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from fishrmn100 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Ahhhhh, another hunter born. You work with what you have.

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

nice buck and with only on shot. thats the best way to bag a animal your hunting.

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from YouthOutdoorsU wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

The directors of Youth Outdoors Unlimited is so incredibly proud of Justin Ristine. Justin worked very hard this year perfecting his shooting skills and preparing for his hunt.

We had some initial challenges with Justin's physical challenges and the confidence needed for him to overcome. Justin is a hard worker, a great listener and we are proud to be a part of his first hunting experience. Thank you to the Ristine family and Justin for allowing Youth Outdoors Unlimited to guide his first deer hunt. You Rock Justin!! And in an added note: Justin plays guitar hero on expert, left hand and right foot! Beat that folks.

There are many more youth like Justin that it is our mission to introduce to the outdoors. We are excited and expect Justin to remain a leader in this organization for future youth who may be facing similar physical challenges.

For more information about our youth, if you know a youth or would be interested in helping us financially to provide extraordinary outdoor adventures to some very extraordinary youth, please visit our website at www.youthoutdoorsu.org.

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from Neil Mcmillan wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

WAY TO GO LITTLE DUDE!!!
One FINE DEER by ANYONES standards.
Never let life get you down.
Neil

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from dtownley wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

When hunting attracts sportsmen like Justin the outdoors community wins and knowing there are more youngsters out there waiting for their opportunity to smile like that is the reason to find them and get them in the field.
The Ristine's have raised a fine young man any parents could be proud of and I am sure Justin will be finding his way back to these pages to show us more of his skills & will. Congratulations Justin ! Mr. & Mrs. Ristine & Y.O.U., the hunting community thanks you.

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from YouthOutdoorsU wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

The directors of Youth Outdoors Unlimited is so incredibly proud of Justin Ristine. Justin worked very hard this year perfecting his shooting skills and preparing for his hunt.

We had some initial challenges with Justin's physical challenges and the confidence needed for him to overcome. Justin is a hard worker, a great listener and we are proud to be a part of his first hunting experience. Thank you to the Ristine family and Justin for allowing Youth Outdoors Unlimited to guide his first deer hunt. You Rock Justin!! And in an added note: Justin plays guitar hero on expert, left hand and right foot! Beat that folks.

There are many more youth like Justin that it is our mission to introduce to the outdoors. We are excited and expect Justin to remain a leader in this organization for future youth who may be facing similar physical challenges.

For more information about our youth, if you know a youth or would be interested in helping us financially to provide extraordinary outdoor adventures to some very extraordinary youth, please visit our website at www.youthoutdoorsu.org.

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from Yvonne Pegoraro wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Way to go little one. Nice buck

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from shadillac wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Congrats Justin! We should all help out more with excellent programs like Youth Outdoors Unlimited.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great story. We all need to be more thankful every day and every time we enter the woods. I would say that this is truly a trophy of a lifetime for that young man, but by judging from the smile on his face I feel sure his hunting days are long from over.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Steward wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Yes, Congrats!

I can only imagine how much that experience might boost someone's confidence.

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from Tim Koth wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Congrats Justin....nice one! I am sure this will be the first of many for you!

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from jbird wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Way to go! That's awesome!

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Tell this kid he's got a disability, you'll never make him believe it.
I'm very proud for him!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jesse Minckler wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great job young man!

I am so proud to see young men and women being introduced to the great outdoors. Disability or not, this young man sets a standard for all stewards of natures priviledges.

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from Roderick K. Purcell wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

THAT is a true trophy.

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from FOX wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Nice deer man, i hope you many more keep hunting.

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from Big Country wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Congrats to this young man. I was just talking to my wife the other day and telling her we needed a program like this around this neck of the woods.... well more like a desert right now. These are great programs and I would love to see more of them.

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from Todd Boudreau wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I don't know what is bigger, the deer or the smile on his face. Way to go Justin!

My 10 year old boy hunts too. they are the future of our sport. Well done Justin!

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from pittrehab wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Great job, what a trophy

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

The Best of the Best.

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from fishrmn100 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Ahhhhh, another hunter born. You work with what you have.

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

nice buck and with only on shot. thats the best way to bag a animal your hunting.

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from Neil Mcmillan wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

WAY TO GO LITTLE DUDE!!!
One FINE DEER by ANYONES standards.
Never let life get you down.
Neil

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