First white-tailed deer hunt planned at Crane Meadows NWR

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge will hold its first white-tailed deer hunt for persons with disabilities, Oct. 10 – 11.

Refuge staff has been working primarily with Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, a nonprofit group that aids in providing outdoor recreational opportunities for the physically challenged. Many other local organizations assisted in the planning process, with a common goal to make this first Refuge hunt high quality, and memorable, for the 15 participants chosen.

Planning and financial assistance for the hunt has been provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Morrison County Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Royalton Sportsmen’s Club, Little Falls Sportsmen’s Club, Rice Area Sportsmen’s Club, Little Falls Pheasants Forever, the Royalton Fireman’s Relief and Shooting Sports Inc.

The Comprehensive Conservation Plan was completed in 2010, outlining future direction of the Refuge. The process included an open forum, giving the public an opportunity to voice opinions on management direction. A step-down plan followed, outlining specifics of the hunt program.

The Refuge is offering opportunities for volunteers to be involved in the hunt program, including scouting for hunt locations, blind setup and removal, program preparation, mentoring, photography, assisting hunters and at deer camp and helping with logistics on hunt days.

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is located off County Road 35, southeast of Little Falls. For more information, call Paul Soler at (320) 632-1575.