Reservoir to host special deer hunt this fall

Marion Reservoir will once again host a special deer hunt this fall through the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for persons with physical disabilities.

This special hunt will be by muzzleloader firearm in compliance with state regulations.

The hunt will take place on the Marion Waterfowl Refuge adjacent to the French Creek Cove recreation area.

Two separate, five-day hunting segments will be available. The first period will be Sept. 16-20 and the second period will be Sept. 23-27. The daily time for the hunt will be from sunrise to 11 a.m.

The names of a maximum of five hunters and one alternate hunter will be drawn by lottery for each period.

Interested persons must submit a doctor’s statement of disability, plus the applicant’s name, address, work and home phone numbers, and their preference of hunting period.

Applications should be sent to Bert Wilson, KDW&Parks, 1130 Lake Road, Council Grove, KS 66846 and must received by Aug. 31. Approved applicants will be notified by Sept. 7.

The approved hunter should arrive at the French Creek Cove check-in station a minimum of 90 minutes before sunrise.

The hunter is responsible for providing the following on the day of the hunt: transportation to and from French Creek Cove; legal caliber muzzleloader and hunting equipment; hunting license, disability permit, muzzleloader permit, and a Hunter Education certificate as required by the State of Kansas; means to transport a deer home for processing; and an unarmed adult helper in the hunting blind.

KDW&P and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide hunting blinds, direction to and from the blinds and a means to field dress deer.

Transportation to and from the hunting blinds will be by all-terrain-vehicles provided by Marion County Equipment, Marion.

Questions may be directed to: Marvin Peterson, conservation officer, KDW&P, 316-924-5747; Terry Holt, lake manager, Marion Reservoir, 316-82-2101; or Bert Wilson, KDW&P area manager, 316-767-5900.

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