|Fort McCoy’s annual deer hunt for disabled hunters,
which was held Oct. 3-4, saw a favorable increase from 2008 statistics,
according to the Fort McCoy Wildlife Program.
Larry Smith (right) and Nathan Tucker, a
contracted Colorado State University Wildlife program employee, pose
near a deer that Smith took during a McCoy deer hunt.
(Photo by Ezra O'Heron)
David Beckmann, installation Wildlife biologist, said 23 hunters
harvested six deer, for a success rate of 26 percent during the two-day
This is a slight increase compared to the 18 hunters and four deer
harvested, a 22 percent success rate, in 2008.
“The weather conditions for the 2009 hunt were favorable for deer
movement, but had periods of rain that may have kept hunters out of the
woods,” Beckmann said.
Hunters were required to attend a briefing Oct. 2 that covered special
safety concerns. Hunters and their assistants were also provided a list
of areas that would be open so they could conduct pre-hunt scouting.
Many of the hunters expressed appreciation for the opportunity to hunt
at Fort McCoy in post-hunting evaluations, Beckmann said.
"I think the word is
getting out that McCoy has a quality hunt."
McCoy Wildlife Biologist
“We had a 55 percent increase in permit applicants (without a lot of
external publicity),” Beckmann said. “I think the word is getting out
that McCoy has a quality hunt.”
The next hunt coming up is the muzzle-loader hunt, which will run
Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The nine-day gun season will run Nov. 21-29.
For more information about hunting opportunities at Fort McCoy, visit
the Web site
http://www.mccoy.army.mil and click on recreational opportunities or
call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.