Mobility impaired hunters will again be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate.
Applicants can apply for one or both hunts. There is not any application fee or other costs associated with these hunts. Each hunt will consist of a noon lunch and hunting on Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings. After the noon lunch on Friday, all participants will then disperse to their assigned hunt sites.
Applications are available from the Union DNR Office, 124 Wildlife Drive in Union (864-427-5140), or the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Columbia Office, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.
Applications can be downloaded from www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/mobilityhunt. Completed applications must be received at the Union DNR Office by 5 p.m. Sept. 15.
These special hunts are co-sponsored by DNR, which will handle the application process, notification of successful hunters and other correspondence.
Applicants for these hunts are carefully screened and are restricted to persons who are permanently and severely mobility impaired.
These include only those who are permanently confined to a wheelchair, persons permanently requiring the use of a mechanical aid (walker. braces, cane, etc.) to walk, or persons with complete single or double leg amputations.
Each hunter can be accompanied by one other person who can participate in a non-hunting capacity.
This year at each of the hunts some severely injured and permanently mobility impaired servicemen and servicewomen will be accommodated in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Additional information about the Wounded Warrior Project is available from its website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
“Aside from the opportunity to hunt deer on some of the most well-managed and exclusive properties in the Upstate, another important benefit of these events is the opportunity to develop friendships and fellowship among those who have similar disabilities,” said Gerald Moore, DNR wildlife biologist in Union. “We are pleased to cooperate with the various hosts and sponsors of these hunts in assisting those people who are able to take definite steps to pursue their outdoor interests in spite of their disabilities.”
Moore encourages all qualified mobility impaired persons interested in hunting to apply.
“It is certainly a great opportunity, and all interested sportsmen and sportswomen who are mobility impaired should try to take advantage of it,” he said.