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Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Second Annual Mobility and Visually Impaired Hunt
Midwest Region, October 22, 2011
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Hunters and their guides pose for a group picture at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge.
Hunters and their guides pose for a group picture at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: Photo by Carolyn Gregory/USFWS.
A hunter tries out his new rig during the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge hunt.
A hunter tries out his new rig during the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge hunt. - Photo Credit: Photo by Carolyn Gregory/USFWS.

In the early morning hours on the weekend of Oct. 22 and 23, 2011, nine hunters and their assistants gathered together at the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the second annual Mobility and Visually Impaired hunt. These sportsmen and women, ranging in age from teenagers to seniors, fidgeted with anticipation for the chance to harvest deer – an outdoor experience sometimes taken for granted.

 

By the end of the first day, each hunter had a story to tell of the deer they saw or the “one that got away." As the hunt wound down on the second day, six deer came within range for hunters to harvest.

Whether successful or not, all the hunters considered the hunt a great experience and look forward to applying again next year. Some of the comments received on the Great River and Clarence Cannon NWR facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-River-and-Clarence-Cannon-National-Wildlife-Refuges/157917740908264) include the following:

“My daughter and I had the time of our lives even though we didn't get a deer down we saw plenty, had a lot of great laughs and met some really great people!!!”

“I just want to say THANK YOU to all the personnel that worked there, and gave up their weekend to help me have the best two days of hunting in my life.”

“I had a great time as well & I will apply again.”

The success of the event was made even more special through generous donations from local businesses and commitments from dedicated volunteers. Howard Communications (Elsberry) provided gift bags for each hunter; Finklang Eye Health Associates (Troy) provided lunch; Woods Smoked Meats (Bowling Green) and Browns Processing (Elsberry) offered hunters a discount on processing their deer; Al Morton volunteered the use of a cooler; and Don Tabor and Andrew Eads volunteered their time to assist hunters. Our thanks go to each and everyone for their generosity and assistance.

To view photos of the hunt, please visit the Great River and Clarence Cannon NWR on Facebook. Weekly updates of wildlife sightings, current events and notifications related to the refuge are posted regularly.

To visit Clarence Cannon NWR, travel Highway 79 or County Road H in Pike County, Missouri to the town of Annada. The refuge is located one mile east on County Road 206 and is open during daylight hours for wildlife viewing and hiking.


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



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