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Disabled South Dakota Hunters Get Shot at Deer

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The program began about 20 years ago and a half-dozen disabled hunters took part. Today the numbers have doubled, and continue to grow.

It happens through a program started in the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Pierre allowing wheelchair-using deer hunters a chance to get out and pursue the sport of hunting.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started the Oahe Downstream Disabled Hunt and the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks joined in 2002 as a co-partner.

This is the event of the year – let’s not kid ourselves. This is what we look forward to. I wouldn’t be able to go deer hunting if it wasn’t for this.” - Mike Olson, president of the North Central Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America – Wentworth, SD

Twelve tags are available – six antlerless and six for any deer. One of each type of tag is open to non-resident hunters with a disability. The others are limited to South Dakotans.

This hunt takes place on a specified weekend in November. Individuals must complete the standard West River Deer application and submit it for the drawing of licenses.

The West River deer application information is available when the application process opens in late June. The application deadline is usually in late July.

source: Capitol Journal

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