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October 14, 2011


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 Fort McCoy.

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 2000.

The weather conditions for the hunt were excellent and the hunters reported having a great experience, he said.

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