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Non-ambulatory deer hunt application deadline Aug. 15

Monday, August 8, 2011

The. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking applications from non-ambulatory hunters who would like to participate in a special muzzleloader deer hunt Oct. 24-26 in Ozark Isle Park at Bull Shoals Lake. Ten permits will be issued by drawing to applicants who are verified as permanently mobility impaired from paralysis or amputation of lower limbs, requiring permanent mechanical assistance.

Applicants must submit a completed application form, including a doctor's letter verifying their qualifications and level of disability by Aug. 15. A drawing will be held at a location to be announced in September to select the 10 hunters. Opportunities to apply for additional hunts around the state are also available on the applications.

The hunt will provide access and hunting blinds to help the disabled hunters enjoy a safe and successful outdoor recreational experience. The hunt is being extended to provide those who would not necessarily have a hunting opportunity, to have disabled hunting access during this special hunt, while also improving the deer herd in the area.

Non-ambulatory hunters will be limited to muzzle-loading rifles only. Application forms may be picked up at the Corps of Engineers office at 324 West 7th St. in Mountain Home or by calling supervisory wildlife biologist Bruce Caldwell at 870-425-2700.

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