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Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Third Annual Mobility and Visually Impaired Hunt
Midwest Region, October 20, 2012
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Hunter William Hall and his eight-point buck.
Hunter William Hall and his eight-point buck. - Photo Credit: USFWS
15 year-old Patricia and her mother.
15 year-old Patricia and her mother. - Photo Credit: USFWS

In the early morning hours on the weekend of October 20 and 21, 2012, 10 hunters and their assistants gathered together at the Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge for the Third Annual Mobility and Visually Impaired Hunt. 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, eight deer came within range for hunters to harvest.

Whether successful or not, all the hunters considered the hunt a great experience as some saw over a dozen deer in just one set and look forward to applying again next year. Some of the comments received by email and our Great River and Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page include the following:

“I must say I enjoyed the hunt and I'll be putting in for the draw at Clarence Cannon for as long as I'm able to. Once again thanks for a stellar hunt.”

“I just wanted to say thanks for taking Dylan and I around and getting us in a good spot. Thanks for all you do for those guys they appreciate it I hope I know I did.”

“Thanks to all the refuge staff for your hard work and extra efforts to make the hunt such an enjoyable for the hunters! We will be applying again next year!
Warmest Regards,
Patricia Noelke and family”

The success of the event was made even more special with the generous donations from local businesses and commitments from dedicated volunteers. Finklang Eye Health Associates provided lunch; Woods Smoked Meats and Browns Processing offered hunters a discount on processing their deer; Al Morton volunteered the use of a cooler; Don Tabor, Ted Silverberg and Ben Gifford volunteered their time to assist hunters. Our thanks go to each and everyone for their generosity and assistance.

To view photos of the hunt, check us out on Facebook. Weekly updates of wildlife sightings, current events and notifications related to the refuge are posted. To visit Clarence Cannon Refuge, 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.

Clarence Cannon Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System which boasts more than 550 refuges and 37 wetland management districts nationwide and protects approximately 150 million acres of important habitat for the benefit of fish, wildlife and future generations of Americans. Wildlife-dependent recreational uses offered on these lands range from hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, interpretation and environmental education.

Contact Info: Cody Alger, (573)847-2333 ext 11, cody_alger@fws.gov
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