The Army Corps of Engineers is taking applications from youth hunters who would like to participate in a special deer hunt Dec. 4 and 5 in Ozark Isle Park at Bull Shoals Lake. Eight permits will be issued to hunter education graduates 15 years old and under (born on or after Dec. 5, 1988.)
Each applicant must submit a completed application form, including his hunter education identification number, by Oct. 8. A random drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Corps' Project Office in Mountain Home to select the eight hunters.
This hunt will provide access and hunting blinds to help these youngsters enjoy a safe and successful outdoor recreational experience. This opportunity is being extended to the nation's youth in order to help them create an interest in conservation, the outdoors, and to develop a good hunting ethic, while improving the deer herd in this area.
An unarmed adult, over 21 years old, must accompany youth hunters during the hunt. Hunters will be limited to muzzleloaders or shotguns loaded with slugs only. No center fire rifles, handguns or buckshot will be allowed.
Application forms may be picked up at the Corps office at 324 West 7th Street in Mountain Home or by calling Wildlife Biologist Bruce Caldwell at (870) 425-2700.