Special deer hunt planned for people with disabilities

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be offering a special deer hunt for persons with physical disabilities in September.

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, Marion Reservoir.

Two separate hunting segments will be available. Both will be for five days. The first period will be Sept. 15 through 19, and the second period will be Sept. 23 through 27.

Separate drawings will be held for each period. A maximum of five hunters and one alternate hunter will be drawn for each period. The daily time for the hunt will be from sunrise to 9:30 a.m.

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

Applications should be sent to Bert Wilson, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, 1130 Lake Road, Council Grove, KS 66846 and received by Aug. 31.

Applications will be chosen through drawing for each of the two periods. Approved applicants will be notified by Sept. 7.

The approved hunter/applicant should arrive at the French Creek Cove check-in station a minimum of 90 minutes before sunrise and be responsible for providing the following on the day of the hunt:

n transportation to and from French Creek Cove;

n legal caliber muzzleloader and hunting equipment;

n hunting license, doctor’s statement of disability, Unit 6 Permit, and a hunter-education certificate as required by the State of Kansas;

n means to transport a deer home for processing.

The hunter may be accompanied by an unarmed adult helper in the hunting blind.

The KDWP and the 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 provided by all-terrain vehicles.

Questions may be directed to: Marvin Peterson, conservation officer, KDWP, 620-924-5747; Neal Whitaker, park ranger, Marion Reservoir, Corps of Engineers, 620-382-2101; or Bert Wilson, area manager, KDWP, 620-767-5900.

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