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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

People with Disabilities 2017 Applications for Illinois Deer Hunt at Lost Mound are Available til July 31

SAVANNA, Ill. — The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge has announced the 2017 applications for the special deer hunt at Lost Mound are available.

Two managed deer hunts, one for youths ages 10-17 and one for adults with disabilities 18 and older, are conducted within designated Closed Areas of Lost Mound. All hunters must be accompanied by an adult able-bodied attendant who is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer.

The application period extends from July 1 through July 31 and is open to residents and non-residents. All applications will be entered into a random drawing for the 35 hunt sites at 10 a.m. Aug. 2. The drawing will be held at the Refuge Office, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois. The drawing is open to the public and applicants do not have to be present.

All hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals must attend a mandatory safety orientation, with two sessions being held. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Manny’s Pizza, 211 Main St., Savanna. The second session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna. There will be a visit to the hunt area.

The youth hunt will be Oct. 7-8, which coincides with the Illinois Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit must be obtained and brought to the orientation. All youths must show certification of completion of a state-approved hunter safety course.

The hunt in which adults with disabilities will participate will be Nov. 11-12, which is the Saturday-Sunday prior to the Illinois Firearms Deer First Season. A minimum P2a Illinois disability classification (or similar disability certification from non-resident states) is required. Wheelchair-bound and amputee hunters will receive priority selection for hunt sites. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit is not needed in order to apply for this hunt, as this permit is provided by the Refuge.

Applications and regulations can be downloaded from www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river or picked up at the Refuge office, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. For more information, contact the Refuge office at (815) 273-2732

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