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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Special White-tailed Deer Hunt
Midwest Region, January 1, 2012
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A special white-tailed deer hunt was completed for persons with disabilities December 17 and 18, 2011. Eight individuals confined to wheelchairs were selected for this two-day muzzleloading firearm hunt. Applications for this hunt were made through Squaw Creek NWR with assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Each applicant was permitted to have a non-hunting assistant.

 

Volunteers scouted the hunting area in early December to locate spots where hunters would have the best opportunity to harvest animals. Then, the Refuge set out portable hunting blinds in select locations. The Refuge also has one permanent blind that was donated by Whitetails Unlimited several years ago.

On Friday, Dec. 16, permittees and their assistants were invited to the Refuge to draw for blinds and then were treated to a supper provided by the National Wild Turkey Federation Women in the Outdoors committee. On Saturday, the Forest City Lions Club provided a lunch and the Wildlife Society Chapter from Missouri Western State University served a lunch on Sunday.

The weather for the weekend was perfect. Six of the 8 individuals were able to participate. They were permitted to harvest two deer, one of which could be a legal antlered animal. This year was the most successful hunt than the two previous hunts in which seven deer were harvested (two deer were taken in 2009 and one in 2010). The largest deer taken was a 140 pound 14 point male, while an 11 point buck and seven point buck were also harvested. Two individuals were able to fill both tags.

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



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