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18th Annual Joel Niemeyer Memorial Gone Fishing Ev

18th Annual Joel Niemeyer Memorial Gone Fishing Ev

The PVA North Central Chapter/Firefighters is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Joel Niemeyer Memorial "Gone Fishing" Walleye Event in Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD on May 27-28 2021. The Tournament will be limited to the first 40 disabled anglers who respond. Please find below the agenda and registratio

"On the water" PVA / Firefighter Fishing Event

The weather forecast for this two-day event was going to be a scorcher, but that did not seem to bother the attendees who showed up for this Memorial event, some were in wheel chairs, others walked with walkers, canes or assistance from family and friends, another great event allowing those with disabilities to be involved in. Pulling into the staging area, the sound of the lift assisting those in wheelchairs, echoed across the Arrowwood Cedar Shore boat launch parking lot. To some, it may have sounded rather loud and rough, but to those attending the sixteenth annual Firefighters/Paralyzed Veterans of America Joel Niemeyer Memorial “Gone Fishing “event, it was music to their ears. With the help of the lift and assisted by several area students, the anglers wheelchairs were tethered to by a special lift system that gently lifted them into the boats that would soon take them out onto the Missouri River, giving many of the attendees their only opportunity to get on the water and do some fishing. Co-host Josh Anderson and I made the trip up to Chamberlain May 23 2018 to film this 16th annual memorial two-day fishing event.
The event, a memorial to Joel Niemeyer, who served as the executive director of the North Central P.V.A. for fifteen years, a strong advocate for veterans and one who truly cared about those who served and the P.V.A. members. According to Bill Curry, one of the many organizers and volunteers of the event, the first event had sixteen participants and this year there were fifty individuals from several states as far away as Texas invited along with fifty boat captains and their first mates. The boat captains, one of the numerous volunteers helping with this event furnished their boats and their time all in support of those veterans and others invited to participate in this event. We would be the official videographers, capturing footage of the disabled P.V.A. members: disabled anglers, firefighters’ and volunteers on the water, fishing and enjoying this wonderful event.
Once the invitees arrived, their only cost incurred would be their South Dakota fishing license, as the P.V.A. would take care of Thursday night’s lodging at Arrowhead Cedar Shore Resort. With the volunteers and sponsors providing sack lunches, water and drinks in the boats for those on the water Thursday and Friday. Sponsors along with local volunteers that included the North Central P.V.A., Firefighters from several states, and Veteran’s organizations would be there to provide the Thursday night group dinner held at the Oacoma’s Community Center. As the boats started launching, we made our way north, with some boats heading for their secret fishing spots, while others fished off the points and flats along the river near several well-known walleye fishing locations. Others motored to the south in the direction of the White River, with some venturing even farther south, hoping to locate that big fish hole that they had found the week before.
The Ranger bass boat with a 200 Mercury good friend Chuck Doom had furnished us got us up north quickly and when we arrived, several boats were already working the flats, trolling or drifting one ounce bottom bouncers and spinners, or Slow Death Rigs pegged with half a crawler and a few trying their luck with minnows. Others were slow trolling, 1.2 to 1.5 miles per hour pulling up to one hundred feet of line behind the boats using crankbaits, hoping to get into one of the more aggressive larger fish.
The boat captains and their first mates worked hard to help attendees in their boats to catch walleyes, trying different presentations, different color baits, changing from crawler to minnows and using their kicker motors and bow-mount trolling motors to change the speed, while some drifted speeding up or showing down, looking for active walleyes. We could see that the boat captains were experimenting trying to figure out what the fish wanted, with some of the boats taking fish, as the boat made a turn, which caused the inside baits to slow down while the outside baits picked up speed. If the fish hit the slower moving bait on the inside rod, it was a good indicator the walleyes were looking for a slower presentation and the boat captains cut their boats speed, trolling or drifting slower. If they hit the bait on the outside rod, the bait that sped up when making a turn, baits trolled faster were what the walleyes were looking for and the boat captains would change accordingly.
Some used boat brakes, a parachute type device attached to the front of the boat that they towed through the water, slowing their drift, allowing them to catch those fish that wanted that slower presentation. Many of the fish caught appeared to have spawned earlier, as the larger females did not have the huge bellies that pre-spawn walleyes usually have and the males were not milking, indicating that the walleye spawn was nearing the end. We filmed as several of those in wheelchairs set the hook, bringing several decent fish to the boat as well as several under the fifteen-inch size limit. The warm “spring” temperatures, in the mid to high nineties, did not seem to bother those participating in the event as they patiently waited to feel the additional weight on the end of their lines accompanied by the well none head shake of a walleye which indicated they had a fish on.
We spent several hours up north, running from point to point and from one flat to another, looking for those boats marked by the American flag flying from the antennas and windshields as each boat captain received a small U.S. flag to attach to their boat, indicating that they were helping with the event. From there we headed south under the Missouri River bridges that span the river at Chamberlain, the river that separated South Dakota’s east river from the west river part of the state. Coming into the White River area, there were a few boats working the points above and below, with several of the attendees showing us some of the fish they had landed, several in the fifteen to sixteen inch range while others had one or two fish over sixteen. The rigs that they were using were as the anglers had been using up north, bottom bouncers and spinners, with crawlers out producing minnows for those fishing the White River area. We continued running from one location to another, hoping to film as many of the event boats and anglers as possible, hoping to get as many folks as possible for our Outdoorsmen Adventures show that will highlight and show the event later this year.
After talking with several of the attendees to this year’s event, it was obvious that it was something; they looked forward to each year as it gave them an opportunity to go where many of them had not had an opportunity or been before.

To some it was the highlight of their year, as several were already planning for next year’s event, asking about the 2019 event dates, so they would not miss it and could put it on their calendars. This special “Fishing Event” is a monumental task as there are so many people needed to make it a success.
Beginning with those who worked with companies, locating sponsors for the event, coordination between all of those involved including the North Central Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, local veterans organizations, several states firefighters, lodging, meal preparations, equipment operators, those helping to load the anglers, boat captains and the list goes on and on. It is hard to fathom the amount of man, women hours needed to put something like this event together, from sixteen participants their first year and in 2018 their sixteenth year, the planning required for up to fifty participants.
The volunteers and sponsors of this “Fishing Event” have done such an excellent job, making this one of the big events for sixteen years in a row for P.V.A. members, disabled individuals, firefighter and others.


NCPVA holds several different hunting events throughout the year, check out the calendar to see what events are coming up!
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9th Annual Doug Brown Memorial Pheasant Hunt

The 9th annual Doug Brown Memorial Paralyzed Veterans of America Pheasant Hunt was held on 13 September 2021 at the Top Gun hunting lodge outside of Howard, SD. The hunt is a memorial to Doug Brown who served for years as the Veterans Benefits Representative at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Veterans Administration. Chris Menzie (brother of Doug Brown) was unable to attend this year due to an illness but sent his best regards to the North Central Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America for organizing the hunt. Fifteen disabled veterans from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin along with numerous volunteers participated in the hunt. The veterans managed to bag over 75 birds during the hunt. A special thanks to Kevin Schumacher and everyone at TOP GUN that helped make the hunt possible. All the hunters had a great time and are looking forward to attending again next year.

25th Annual Platte Pheasant Hunt

The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter disabled hunters attended the 25th Annual Pheasant Hunt in Platte, SD on 08-10 November 2018. Twenty-Four (24) Hunters participated in the two day hunt held annually in Platte, SD. The hunters were welcomed Thursday night at the Legion Post 115 with the auxiliary providing a social and supper. Friday consisted of breakfast at the Community Center and the hunters breaking into two groups for the hunt. The hunters woke up to over 4 inches of snow Friday morning and still managed to bag plenty of birds. The Local community hosted the annual auction and supper at the community center on Friday night. Saturday consisted of breakfast at the community center and another cold and snowy pheasant hunt. The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter would like to thank the entire Platte Community for another wonderful pheasant hunt. The PVA hunters want to express their sincere appreciation to the Platte Community, American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Volunteers, and Land Owners who helped make the 25th Annual PVA Pheasant Hunt a huge success. A very special thank you to Clarence Blunck who originally organized this Pheasant Hunt back in 1994. Many veterans have had the pleasure of attending this event and they all look forward to it every year.

9th Annual Prairie Dog Hunt

The 9th Annual North Central Paralyzed Veterans Prairie Dog Hunt was held 21-22 June 2018 at Chamberlain, SD. 12 Veterans and 3 volunteers attended this years hunt. Mark Ohm, regional supervisor for the SDGF&P and other conservation officers coordinated the hunt. The Veterans along with their SDGF&P guides divided up into three different groups on the first day and enjoyed a great day of hunting. Jona Ohm along with other volunteers prepared a supper meal at the Oacoma Community Center on Thurday night. The Veterans and Guides split up again on the second day and tried some new areas that have never been hunted. The weather cooperated for both days and everyone had a great time practicing and honing their skills in marksmanship. A special thanks to all the landowners who make this hunt possible by allowing the veterans to have access to their property. Thanks to all who helped make this another great hunt and we look forward to it again in 2019.

Disabled Hunters Permit

A Disabled Hunter Permit authorizes qualifying individuals with disabilities to lawfully shoot game animals from a stationary motor vehicle. This includes big game animals such as deer, antelope, elk, and turkey, and small game animals such as grouse, pheasants, partridge, rabbits, and waterfowl.
A Disabled Hunter Permit is issued free-of-cost by GFP to qualifying hunters and is valid for a four-year period. Individuals will need to reapply for a permit renewal at that time. The disabled hunter permit is intended for use in situations where an applicant's physical or medical condition makes it impossible, or causes severe pain or physical hardship on the applicant, when walking afield while hunting. Licensed hunters who are paraplegics or otherwise physically unable to walk with or without crutches, braces, or other mechanical support, and who have a Disabled Hunter Permit, may shoot in fields, woods, or from public roads from a stationary motor vehicle or all-terrain vehicle while hunting game animals or game birds in accordance with the conditions of the permit. The hunter will need to obtain the required state licenses for whatever species are to be hunted. Permit limitations or guidelines specify what a person legally can and cannot do while in possession of a Disabled Hunter Permit.
A Disabled Hunter Permit may be issued for a period not to exceed 12 months to any person with a temporary ambulatory injury. The disabled hunter application has a section that must be completed and signed by a licensed physician that will document the physical disabilities or medical condition limiting the applicant's walking ability. View and download application. contact information 605.223.7660 | wildinfo@state.sd.us
What are the qualifications to receive a Disabled Hunter Permit? A qualifying person must have at least one of the following physical disabilities or medical conditions: has lost one or both legs or who has temporarily or permanently lost the use of one or both legs; requires a wheelchair for mobility; is physically unable to walk without the assistance of another person, prosthetic aid, brace, crutch, or other device that is intended to support or assist the person while walking; is on portable oxygen; is unable to walk a distance of more than 300 feet without assistance or rest due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition; has been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis; has been diagnosed with a Class III cardiac disease resulting in marked limitation of physical activity; has been diagnosed with a Class IV cardiac disease resulting in the inability to carry on any physical activity without discomfort; or is restricted by lung disease to such a degree that the person's forced expiratory volume in one second, when measured by a spirometer, is less than one liter; or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest. What activities does a Disabled Hunter Permit authorize and what are the permit limitations?
A Disabled Hunter Permit authorizes the permittee to shoot from a stationary motor vehicle with the following exceptions or limitations: shooting from a federal or state highway or across any public road is prohibited; when hunting big game from public road rights-of-way, the permittee must obtain prior written permission from the owner or lessee of the immediate adjoining private lands; the permittee may shoot from a stationary all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and may lawfully transport a firearm on an ATV while hunting without having to unload and/or case the firearm; shooting from a snowmobile or the use of any motor vehicle to chase or pursue any game animal is prohibited; and the use of any motor vehicle is prohibited on lands owned, leased, or controlled by GFP, except on designated roads, trails, or parking areas.



Members interested in participating in Bowling at the Robinsdale Bowling Alley in Rapid City should contact the Chapter Office for more details. You can reach the office at (605) 336-0494...more


The weather forecast for this two-day event was going to be a scorcher, but that did not seem to bother the attendees who showed up for this Memorial event, some were in wheel chairs, others walked with walkers, canes or assistance from family and friends, another great event allowing those with disabilities to be involved in. Pulling into the staging area, the sound of the lift assisting those in wheelchairs, echoed across the Arrowwood Cedar Shore boat launch parking lot. To some, it may have sounded rather loud and rough, but to those attending the sixteenth annual Firefighters/Paralyzed Veterans of America Joel Niemeyer Memorial...more


Clarence Blunck (PVA Member) originally organized this pheasant hunt in 1994 and continued the tradition until his unfortunate passing in 2021. Jeff Blunck (Clarence’s Son) and Richard Hoppe (Commander Legion Post 115) wanted to continue Clarence’s vision of extending the opportunity for disabled veterans to experience pheasant hunting and enjoying the outdoors. The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter disabled hunters attended the 26th Annual Pheasant Hunt in Platte, SD on 04-06 November 2021. Twenty-five (25) Hunters participated in the two-day hunt. The hunters were welcomed Thursday night at the Legion Post 115 with the...more
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