Wisconsin organizes gun deer season for hunters with disabilities

MADISON, Wis. — Eligible disabled hunters hoping to participate in the 2019 Wisconsin gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities must contact a hunt sponsor to sign up before Sept. 1.

As of the June 1 sponsor application deadline, 62 sponsors have enrolled more than 73,000 acres of land across 41 counties for this year’s hunt, which takes place Oct. 5 to 13.

For a complete list of 2019 sponsors, go to dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “disabled deer hunt.”

“We are very grateful to the sponsors that are willing to provide opportunities for hunters with special challenges in the field,” said Matthew Gross, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assistant big game ecologist. “Giving hunters access to over 73,000 acres of land is instrumental in making this unique opportunity a success and continuing Wisconsin’s deer hunting tradition.”

Eligible hunters can sign up for one property per year and must possess a gun deer license.

Hunters or assistants must contact sponsors directly to sign up for a hunt. Hunters must provide their name, contact information and DNR customer ID number.

To be eligible, hunters must possess a valid Class A, C or D disabled permit or Class B permit that is issued for longer than one year, authorizing shooting from a stationary vehicle.

It is important for hunters to note that some properties can accommodate more hunters than others, so hunters are advised to contact potential sponsors as early as possible to determine if space is available.

For more information, interested hunters are encouraged to contact Gross by phone at 608-261-7588 or email at Matthew.Gross@wisconsin.gov.

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