The Minnesota Broken Wing Connection is a non-profit organization that gives people with physical disabilities the chance to participate in outdoor activities that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
The organization was founded in 1992 by two cousins living with Adrenoleukodystrophy, a disease of the nervous system that affects mobility. Each year, the organization sponsors a hunt for upland game birds near Pine River, Minnesota, with a range of outdoor activities, including trap shooting and archery.
To qualify, applicants must establish proof of a physical disability that limits their ability to hunt upland birds or get into the outdoors. The event is free to 12 individuals and their companions, with donations and fundraisers covering the costs of meals, lodging, birds, shells, skeet and the general operations of the event. Participants are provided with rigs specially designed to carry them into the field, reducing the work and dangers of crossing rough terrain. Field guides are provided for each hunter as a safety measure.
The Minnesota Broken Wing Connection is unique in its ability to create a small place in time each year where people, regardless of their situation in life, can spend time together, share experiences, and build camaraderie.