The first time I saw Thad Bellow was at an East Ascension Sportsman’s League Bass Fishing tournament. That was a long time ago. What drew my attention to him was that he was in a wheelchair being lowered into a bass boat with a winch of sorts.
I asked somebody who that was and just what was he doing? I got my answer. “That there is Thad Bellow. He’s wheelchair bound but his van is designed for him to drive himself around. That’s his boat, and he runs it all the time.” “Wow,” was all I could think.
It would be a few years later before I met him and became friends for life with a pretty remarkable fellow.
Bellow became a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries volunteer Hunter Education Instructor for nearly 20 years ago in Ascension Parish. This service earned him the Todd Roberts Achievement Award winner for 2020-2021. Bellow was recognized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission during its July 1 meeting in Baton Rouge.
“Thad is an inspiration and…