Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge held its first special white-tailed deer hunt for persons with disabilities, Oct. 10 – 11, with 14 hunters participating. Eleven of the hunters had a chance to harvest a deer, but didn’t connect. Seven hunters did harvest a deer, a first for two of them.
The two-day hunt was hosted by Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, a non-profit group devoted to providing recreational outdoor opportunities for the physically challenged. Refuge personnel and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked out the specifics for accommodating a special deer hunt on the Refuge in mid-October.
“It was a safe hunt and the weather cooperated,” said Paul Soler, wildlife refuge specialist. “Everything went as planned thanks to the help of numerous Refuge volunteers, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association – Morrison County Chapter, the Little Falls Sportsmen’s Club, Royalton Firemen’s Relief, the Disabled American Veterans – Chapter 12 and Pheasants Forever – Morrison County Chapter. Shooting Sports offered their range at no cost to allow hunters a chance to sight-in their firearms. Paul Given did a great job photographing the event and Brad McIntosh prepared an entire day of meals for those involved.”
Next year, the Refuge will once again have a special white-tailed deer hunt for persons with disabilities. Those who are interested in participating or who know of someone who may be interested may contact Soler at the Refuge at (320) 632-1575 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visit http://midwest.fws.gov.