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Sponsor sign-up open for Wisconsin disabled deer hunts

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Landowners interested in sponsoring a deer hunt for disabled hunters are reminded of the June 1 deadline for applications. The disabled hunt is Oct. 1 to 9.

Sponsor applications are available online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/deer/disap.htm.

Applications must be submitted to local wildlife managers by June 1, online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cs/servicecenter/ssbyregion.html. A list of approved sponsors will be posted on the DNR website July 1.

Disabled hunters interested in participating in one of these hunts should contact sponsors directly to make arrangements. Check the participant list at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/HUNT/DEER/DDHunt/participantlist.pdf.

Sponsors are required to submit a list of participating hunters to DNR by Sept. 1. Hunters must possess a valid Class A Permit, a Class B Permit for People with Disabilities issued for more than one year and that authorizes shooting from a vehicle, or a Class C Disabled Hunting Permit to be eligible to participate in the Disabled Deer Hunt.

The gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities was started in 1990 to give disabled hunters an opportunity to hunt deer at a time of year when temperatures are generally milder and mobility is less of a problem. The hunts are sponsored by private individuals or organizations and almost entirely take place on privately owned lands.

Interest in the program continues to grow. In 2010, there were over 100 participating sponsors enrolled and over 62,000 acres available for the hunt.  For more information call Linda Olver at (608)261-7588.

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