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First White-tailed Deer Hunt at Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Region 3, October 10, 2012
All of the hunters and their assistants, Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge deer hunt.
All of the hunters and their assistants, Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge deer hunt. - Photo Credit: n/a
Jason Hite, left, assisted Barry Hite who harvested a doe during the first white-tailed deer hunt for persons with disabilities at Crane meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Jason Hite, left, assisted Barry Hite who harvested a doe during the first white-tailed deer hunt for persons with disabilities at Crane meadows National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: n/a

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge held its first special white-tailed deer hunt for persons with disabilities October 10 and 11, 2012 with 14 hunters participating. Eleven of the hunters had opportunity; seven actually harvested a deer and four just didn't connect. Thirteen of the hunters saw deer. Over 50 deer were seen by hunters. It was the first deer taken for two of the hunters. Everyone involved enjoyed themselves.

The two-day hunt was hosted by Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, a non-profit group devoted to providing recreational outdoor opportunities for the physically challenged. Refuge personnel and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources worked out the specifics for accommodating a special deer hunt on the refuge in mid-October. It was a safe hunt and the weather cooperated. Everything went as planned thanks to the help of numerous refuge volunteers, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association - Morrison County Chapter, the Little Falls Sportsmen’s Club, Royalton Firemen’s Relief, the Disabled American Veterans – Chapter 12, Pheasants Forever – Morrison County Chapter. Shooting Sports offered their range at no cost to allow hunters a chance to sight-in their firearms, Paul Given did a great job photographing the event and Brad McIntosh prepared an entire day of meals for those involved.

Contact Info: Paul Soler, 320-632-1575, paul_soler@fws.gov