Tanner Pfeiffer is a true example of how determination will overcome adversity. At a very early age, Tanner was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which has affected both legs and restricts Tanner from easy mobility. Even after numerous painful surgeries, Tanner is still unable to walk without assistance. Even though it’s tough for Tanner to get around, it doesn’t stop him from pursuing his love for the sport of deer hunting.
Tanner was the recipient of a trophy whitetail deer hunt at the LOL Ranch which is located near Pampa, Texas. The Way Outfitters, a non-profit organization that offers outdoor adventures for disabled youth and disabled veterans, provided Tanner with this awesome opportunity. The Way Outfitters is able to provide these outdoor adventures through generous donations from outfitters, as well as private and corporate donations. However, some costs are not able to be covered and that is where the Northeast Indiana Chapter of Safari Club International stepped in. SCI NEI graciously provided the travel costs to get the Pfeiffer family to Texas so that Tanner could enjoy this once in a lifetime trip.
After several attempts of hunting for that perfect trophy buck, the 3 day hunt was coming to a close quickly. But on that last night, as the sun was quickly setting in that Texas sky, Tanner finally had landed his opportunity. As the buck cautiously approached the stand, Tanner was able to make a perfect 50 yard shot and was then able to hold a monster of an 8 pointer that eventually scored nearly 164”. “I was so shook up,” Tanner said after the shot. “I really didn’t think it was going to happen tonight, but it did”.
Tears of joy filled the stand as grown men hugged and high fived to celebrate what we had thought was not going to happen that night. “The deer were not cooperating and the warm weather wasn’t helping us much either,” stated our guide Rick. “But it somehow always manages to work out when we have a special circumstance”.
That next morning, John Pfeiffer, Tanner’s dad told us, “It was a perfect end to a perfect trip. Just seeing the excitement and emotion from Tanner was better than if I had shot the deer myself. This hunt is something Tanner and I will be able to talk about and remember for the rest of our lives. I can’t thank the LOL Ranch, The Way Outfitters and SCI enough, for everything they did for us to be able to go on this trip”.
For that one instant in Tanner’s life of being disabled, he was just a young guy sitting in a stand overlooking a food plot. There were no crutches, there was no wheelchair, there was no disability, it was just a boy and his dad hunting.
Co-Founder The Way Outfitters