Disabled hunters harvest 18 deer
during special hunt Oct. 1-2
|A trend of more disabled hunters participating and more
deer harvested continued during a special hunt Oct. 1-2 at Fort McCoy.
Natural Resources Branch personnel reported a total of 18 deer taken
during the two-day hunt.
David Beckmann, installation wildlife biologist, said 32 individuals
applied for the annual disabled hunt, 10 of whom were new applicants to
A total of 27 disabled hunters participated (up from 24 hunters in 2010)
in at least one day of hunting, Beckmann said.
Along with the local disabled hunters, participants came from as far
away as Rhinelander, Ashland, Sayner, Prairie du Chien, and Milwaukee.
Area volunteers supported the hunt by aiding hunters who could not
provide an assistant.
Beckmann said it was a good example of the Army Community Covenant where
the surrounding communities and the installation came together to
support recreational opportunities.
This hunt gives disabled hunters an opportunity to get back into the
woods for a deer season and not have to worry about extreme weather
conditions that are common during the November gun-deer season.
The deer harvest included one buck, 13 adult does, and four fawns.
Fifteen different hunters shot a deer, with three of those hunters each
taking two deer.
The 18 deer harvested is the most since the disabled hunt was started in
The weather conditions for the hunt were excellent and the hunters
reported having a great experience, he said.