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White-tailed Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities
Midwest Region, December 13, 2009
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Tyler Rohr, St. Joseph, with 9 point buck taken during handicap hunter deer hunt. Note blind in background (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Tyler Rohr, St. Joseph, with 9 point buck taken during handicap hunter deer hunt. Note blind in background (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge initiated its first white-tailed deer hunt for those hunters with special disabilities December 12-13, 2009.  The hunt was restricted to  5 hunters that were wheel-chair bound.  The application period was from July 1 to August 15 in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).  This hunt was just one of 10 special hunts exclusively for persons with disabilities and advertised in the 2009 Deer & Turkey hunting regulations and information distributed by MDC.

The refuge built 6 blinds in various locations around the refuge that had a great potential to see and to harvest deer.  The blinds were made of plywood or hay bales and were covered with camoflauge.  One blind is made of plastic and was donated by White-tails Unlimited.  Each hunter was permitted to have at least one helper.  A total of 2 deer could be taken including one antlered buck with a minimum of 4 points on one antler(MDC regulation).  The hunters and helpers were treated to an evening meal on Friday, December 11 provided by the planning committee for the Women in the Outdoors.  Prior to the meal, hunters drew for the blinds and were taken out to see their blind. 

On Saturday, December 12, hunters and helpers were provided lunch compliments of Pheasants Forever and on Sunday, December 13 lunch from the Missouri Western State University chapter of the Wildlife Society.  Unfortunately, one of the selected hunter was sick and unable to participate.  All 4 participants saw deer and three were able to take shots.  Two deer were harvested. A 175 pound field dressed 9 point male was taken by Tyler Rohr and a 120 pound female by Greg Slibowski. 

All 4 participants were delighted to have an opportunity to hunt and are looking forward to next year.  The hunt will be expanded to 8 wheel-chair bound individuals next year and additional blind locations will be built.  There were a number of volunteers from the Women in the Outdoors, Pheasants Unlimited and students from the Widlife Society that assisted.


Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov



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