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Mobility and Visually Impaired Hunt at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, October 10, 2010
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Hunters and their assistants pose for pictures before heading to their blinds. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Hunters and their assistants pose for pictures before heading to their blinds. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Brandon Hagemeier and Dan Wiley (volunteer) visit while waiting for the start of the hunt. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Brandon Hagemeier and Dan Wiley (volunteer) visit while waiting for the start of the hunt. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
First time hunter, Brian West harvests the first deer of the hunt. (Photo by Candy Chambers)
First time hunter, Brian West harvests the first deer of the hunt. (Photo by Candy Chambers) - Photo Credit: n/a
Refuge Manager Jason Wilson, Dan Barnes and Oville Wilson (hunting assistant) are pictured with Dan's harvest. (Photo by Candy Chambers)
Refuge Manager Jason Wilson, Dan Barnes and Oville Wilson (hunting assistant) are pictured with Dan's harvest. (Photo by Candy Chambers) - Photo Credit: n/a

On October 9 & 10, five individuals with mobility impairments and one person with a visual impairment participated in the first deer hunt of its kind at the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. Within an hour on Saturday morning an adult doe was harvested by Brian West, a first time hunter. Mr. West beamed as he related his experience and stated that it took him “over an hour to settle down from the excitement!”

Each hunter was accompanied by an assistant to help look for and retrieve deer, as well as provide verbal guidance with their shot, if necessary. Everyone commented on seeing at least one deer within shooting range however the final results were four deer harvested by four individuals. The special hunt offered each hunter the opportunity to harvest up to two deer, one of which could be an antlered deer with the “earn-a-buck” system. A total of ten successful applicants were possible, which we hope will be filled in future hunts as word gets out.

Volunteers were also on hand to assist with the hunt including Andrew Howard, host of the “Must Have Outdoors” television show on the Pursuit channel; Spencer Turner, freelance outdoor writer; and a local hunting enthusiast, Dan Wiley. Mr. Howard videotaped portions of the hunt for future viewing on the show, while Mr. Turner photographed and interviewed a number of the hunters and staff members.

Support for the event was provided by local businesses. Howard Communications donated hunting supplies; Finklang Eye Health Associated provided lunch on Saturday; Wood’s and Brown’s meat lockers offered discounts for deer processing; and a local landowner, Mr. Al Morton made available a walk-in cooler to store the deer. 

All participants of the hunt, as well as those who helped, enjoyed the experience and look forward to the next year. Refuge staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this hunt a success!


Contact Info: Candace Chambers, 573.847.2333, candy_chambers@fws.gov



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