In this Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 photo, paraplegic hunter Gary Dupuis, Ashburnham, Mass., waits in his all-terrain wheelchair, equipped with a shooting rack for his shotgun, while deer hunting in Devens, Mass. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife officials and volunteers have run a program that gets paraplegic hunters into the woods to hunt for deer during a special season. This year's hunt was held over this past weekend at five sites throughout the state, giving people who use wheelchairs a recreational opportunity they wouldn't otherwise get. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

“Some guys get a mistress when they hit 40; I started hunting,” said a laughing Pelletier, 57, of Westport, who uses a specialized wheelchair with what he describes as mountain bike tires that give him better maneuverability in the wild. “These hunts really afford me the opportunity to get back in the woods like I did before.”