Mobility impaired hunters can apply for opportunities to test their deer hunting skills. Applications are being accepted for a deer hunt for physically challenged hunters Nov. 23 and 24 at Mark Twain Lake and for four other hunts as well.
People with permanent disabilities who require use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches or canes are eligible for the Mark Twain Lake hunt, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Completed application forms detailing medical condition and medical requirements must be returned to Corps officials by Aug. 23. A Corps selection committee will choose 30 applicants to participate in the hunt.
The special hunt will take place at the 1,200 acre Indian Creek Recreation area. Hunters must have hunter education certification cards, Missouri deer hunting permits and hunting gear. Participants may use shotguns, muzzle-loading firearms, longbows or crossbows. Volunteers will help hunters get to and from the field, and with any special medical needs. Each participant must provide his or her lodging and food.
The drawing for the hunt will take place Sept. 4. For applications and information contact: the Corps of Engineers, Mark Twain Lake Project Office, 20642 Highway J, Monroe City, MO 63456, or phone: 573-735- 4097.
Other special hunts on federal lands in Missouri include:
Stockton Lake, Nov. 9-10, modern firearms, 20 openings. Call 417-276-3113 for application information.
Truman Reservoir, Nov. 9-10, modern firearms, 25 openings. Call 660-438-7317, ext. 1212, for application information.
Smithville Reservoir, Nov. 23-24, modern firearms, 60 openings. Call 816-532-0174 for application information.
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Jan. 4-5, muzzle-loading firearms, eight openings, contact 660-856-323 for application information.
Lake Wappapello, Nov. 23-24, modern firearms, five openings. Call James Gracey at 573-222-8562 for more information.
Participants for managed hunts will be selected by random drawings.
Those chosen for hunts at Lake Wappapello and Mark Twain Lake must purchase any-deer permits. Successful applicants for all other managed hunts are required to use Managed Deer Hunting permits.