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October 26, 2012


Disabled hunters harvest 31 deer Oct. 6-7 at Fort McCoy

Disabled hunters bagged 31 deer during a special hunt at Fort McCoy Oct. 6-7.
PHOTO: A hunter displays the adult doe he harvested. Contributed photo
Doug Maeder (front row, right) displays the adult doe he harvested during the Fort McCoy disabled hunter event in early October. Also pictured are hunting assistants Lee Keim (front row, left) and (back row, from left) Nate Prairie and Kevin Luepke.
(Contributed photo )

David Beckmann, installation Wildlife biologist, said the number of deer harvested is 13 more than last year and the highest harvest since the annual two-day hunt began in 2000.

The installation also continued a trend of attracting more hunters as 38 hunters requested permits and 34 hunters participated, he said.

The hunt again was held on North Post.

“While the hunt does provide some assistance in managing the deer population, the primary goal is to give the disabled hunters the opportunity to get into the woods and participate in a deer hunt,” Beckmann said.

Along with 10 local disabled hunters from Tomah, Sparta, Warrens and Black River Falls, participants came from as far away as Rhinelander, Ashland, Sayner, Prairie du Chien, Oshkosh and Milwaukee.

Area volunteers supported the hunt by aiding hunters who could not provide an assistant, he said.

Beckmann said it was a good example of the Army Community Covenant, with the surrounding communities and the installation supporting recreational opportunities.

This hunt gives disabled hunters an opportunity to participate in a deer season without worrying about extreme weather conditions that are common during the November gun-deer season, he said.

The 2012 deer harvest included six bucks, 13 adult does and 12 fawns.

The weather conditions were better than past hunts and the hunters reported having a great experience, he said.
Dates for the 2013 hunt are Oct. 5-6.

For more information about hunting, it the Fort McCoy public website at www.mccoy.army.mil and click on the fishing/hunting button or direct questions to the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office, building 2168, at 608-388-3337.

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