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Disabled hunters take 5 deer during special 2-day hunt at McCoy

Eighteen disabled hunters harvested five deer during a special two-day October gun-deer hunt at Fort McCoy.

Photo: Gary Mitchell displays a deer he harvested during a special two-day deer hunt at Fort McCoy for disabled hunters. (Photo by Nathan Tucker)
Gary Mitchell displays a deer he harvested during a special two-day deer hunt at Fort McCoy for disabled hunters. (Photo by Nathan Tucker)

David Beckmann, installation Wildlife Biologist, said he was pleased with the hunt, and the hunters seemed to enjoy it as well.

"One hunter said he hadnít been able to hunt in 20 years," Beckmann said. "He was excited to be here, and he got a deer.

Gary Mitchell, one of the disabled hunters, said he was pleased with the efforts put into making the hunt successful for disabled hunters.

"You guys were Johnny on the spot," Mitchell said. "You really have some big deer on post. Iím looking forward to next year."

The hunt provides disabled veterans and members of the public the opportunity to hunt at Fort McCoy outside the regular hunting season.

Beckmann said the weather was good the first day of the hunt, but rain put a damper on the second day.

The 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 past."

David Beckman,
Fort McCoy Wildlife Biologist

The 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.

The additional time also helped bring in more people from throughout the state, including one hunter from Wausau, he said.

"After 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."

It also helps set the stage to have successful muzzle-loader, archery and gun-deer hunts in the next few weeks, Beckmann said.

 

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