disabled hunters harvested five deer during a special two-day October
gun-deer hunt at Fort McCoy.
Gary Mitchell displays a deer
he harvested during a special two-day deer hunt at Fort McCoy
for disabled hunters. (Photo
by Nathan Tucker)
Beckmann, installation Wildlife Biologist, said he was pleased with
the hunt, and the hunters seemed to enjoy it as well.
hunter said he hadnít been able to hunt in 20 years," Beckmann
said. "He was excited to be here, and he got a deer.
Mitchell, one of the disabled hunters, said he was pleased with the
efforts put into making the hunt successful for disabled hunters.
guys were Johnny on the spot," Mitchell said. "You really
have some big deer on post. Iím looking forward to next year."
hunt provides disabled veterans and members of the public the
opportunity to hunt at Fort McCoy outside the regular hunting season.
said the weather was good the first day of the hunt, but rain put a
damper on the second day.
personnel involved and the deer taken both exceeded last yearís
total, when only one deer was harvested, so, overall, the hunt went
well, he said.
"After a couple of lean years with the program, it's nice
to see the numbers being built back up to what they were in the
Fort McCoy Wildlife Biologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) also helped make the
hunt a success. Beckmann said he only had seven personnel registered
by the original reporting deadline, but the WDNR allowed an extension,
which allowed him to register 11 more hunters.
additional time also helped bring in more people from throughout the
state, including one hunter from Wausau, he said.
a couple of lean years with the program, itís nice to see the
numbers being built back up to what they were in the past," he
said. "Iím looking forward to continuing this next year so we
can give these personnel a chance to hunt."
also helps set the stage to have successful muzzle-loader, archery and
gun-deer hunts in the next few weeks, Beckmann said.