Travis and Daddy are boar hunting in the woods of Alabama, when Daddy recalls stories of wounded veterans who wish they could hunt – but whose disabilities keep them from getting outdoors. Back at the garage, the guys decide to create an all-terrain hunting vehicle for a disabled veteran. Knowing that the veteran will probably be in a wheelchair, they’re going to have to create a beefed-up wheelchair device that can go anywhere. It will have to be controlled from a single panel that can be worked one-handed. And since it’s a hunting vehicle, it will have to be silent, which will require electric motors. While the boys begin designing the device, Daddy contacts Hope For the Warriors – a nonprofit that helps veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daddy puts in a call to Philip LaBonte, an Army veteran who lost both legs and an eye in Iraq. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman before his disabilities. Daddy promises him that he’s gonna try to help him get back in to the woods.
Pete and Michael are sent to find electric motors, but they come back with a golf cart. Despite everyone’s skepticism, Travis thinks the golf cart might be a good base for the vehicle – if they can beef it up. They replace the tires with off-road versions, and they begin to build an electric ramp for Phil’s wheelchair to drive into the vehicle. Finally, they design an elevator that will raise a platform – so the cart literally becomes a mobile hunting platform. Everything seems to be going well… until they get a visit from the local Game Warden.
The Game Warden has gotten word that an illegal hunting machine is being created, so he and his men have come to check it out. Though it’s not strictly illegal, the Game Warden is concerned… but once he hears about Philip, he changes his attitude. The Game Warden is a vet himself, and his son is serving in Afghanistan. The Hunting Vehicle can proceed with the Warden’s blessing.
The guys work late into the night, then at dawn load up the device and drive off to the hunting grounds. As they are putting the last minute touches on the vehicle, Philip LaBonte arrives with Lt Sean Clifford from the 101st Airborne and Hope for the Warriors. Philip rolls his wheelchair on to the electric ramp, and raises himself into position. The Rednecks give him a brief tutorial on the controls… then Philip La Bonte drives forward on his camo-covered mobile hunting vehicle.
Daddy has noticed tracks of giant feral hogs in the area, so the Rednecks head one way into the woods to drive a hog toward Philip. Meanwhile, Philip drives himself to a good spot, then raises his elevator platform to a good height for a hunting blind. Within a few minutes, he hears the crash of a razorback boar rushing through the woods. The boar bursts from a clearing as Philip raises his rifle. With two shots, Philip brings down his boar. And it is trophy-size.
Philip drives his vehicle to the boar where the guys met him, then they show off the final feature – a “boar-scoop” that picks up the hog like a forklift. Philip is excited to be back in the woods, hunting trophy hogs. He drives back to the trucks in his vehicle, as the Rednecks walk alongside, celebrating a successful hunt for a wounded warrior.
Tune into Rocket City Rednecks: Hunting With a Hero Thursday at 9P et/pt