|Disabled hunters bagged 31 deer during a special hunt
at Fort McCoy Oct. 6-7.
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
(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,”
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
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.