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A deer hunt for disabled hunters is held each year at Lake Shelbyville. Photos by Chris Young.

Deer hunting opportunities for the disabled expanded at Lake Shelbyville

September 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

New blinds, accessible to disabled deer hunters, will be available this fall at Lake Shelbyville.

Each year, a deer hunt for people with disabilities is held at Lake Shelbyville for 25 applicants during Illinois’ first firearm season. 

Additional blinds at the Whitley Creek Recreation Area will provide disabled hunters - those that didn’t draw into the annual hunt or that would like to archery hunt - with an easily accessible area for deer hunting.
 
Disabled hunters must have a state issued P2A card. 

Disabled hunters will be able to reserve a block of two (2) blinds in the closed Recreation Area during archery deer season.

Disabled hunters holding a valid Lake Shelbyville Project Moultrie second shotgun season (Nov. 29 – Dec. 2) or Lake Shelbyville Project Moultrie muzzleloader season (Dec. 7 - 9) permit will be allowed to hunt Whitley Creek also. 

Hunting will be allowed by permit only on Tuesday/Wednesday and Saturday/Sunday throughout the season, to exclude the youth firearm season (Oct. 5 – 7) and first firearm season (Nov. 16 – 18). 

Reservations must be made three days in advance of the hunt.

Call (217)-774-3951.

After the reservation has been made, a special use permit will be issued to the hunter. 

Only one reservation per hunter may be made at a time and the hunter must have used their reservation before signing up for another hunt date.

Shelbyville Boy Scout Troop 51 built the two enclosed waterproof blinds that will be available to use.

Additional information and a map of the Whitley Creek Recreation Area blind locations can be found at http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Shelbyville/wildlife.htm .

Contact Natural Resource Specialists Lee Mitchell or Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951.

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