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GUN HUNT FOR HUNTERS WITH DISABILITIES OPENS IN OCTOBER

September 29, 2015

MADISON - More than 100 landowners in 46 counties and 74,000 acres are enrolled in the disabled deer hunt program in 2015, and those who plan to participate in the hunt, which runs Oct. 3-11, should look forward to another great year in the field.

"The cooperation of landowners is critical to our ability to offer this unique opportunity," said Adam Murkowski, disabled hunt program coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "In 2014, over 500 hunters participated in the disabled deer hunt and we hope that level of participation continues in the future."

The disabled gun deer hunt is only open on properties that are enrolled in the program. Hunters with a valid disabled hunting permit can contact a participating landowner to sign up for the hunt by Sept. 1 each year.

"October is really a great time to be outdoors in Wisconsin," said Murkowski. "This hunt offers a tremendous opportunity for landowners to maintain deer herds in balance with the habitat and help carry on a tradition that we at DNR are very excited to provide."

Hunters should contact sponsors directly and be prepared to provide their name, contact information and DNR customer ID number. To be eligible, hunters must possess a valid Class A, Class B long-term permit that allows shooting from a vehicle or Class C or D disabled hunting permit. As in the past, eligible hunters must also possess a gun deer license.

Landowners interested in enrolling their property to host a disabled deer hunt in the future should do so by June 1, 2016. Assistance to disabled hunters and landowners may also be possible in certain parts of the state through organizations dedicated to enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for disabled persons.

For more information and a list of sponsors for the 2015 season, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "disabled deer hunt."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Adam Murkowski, assistant big game ecologist, 608-261-7588

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 29, 2015




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